Refueling one of the cars with the best fuel economy

Fuel economy is a key factor in the operating costs for vehicles. A small difference in the overall mpg rating can add up to big bucks over years of ownership.

CR conducts extensive fuel economy tests on every model we purchase to make sure our members have the essential data needed to make informed purchase decisions.

The lists below highlight the vehicles by category that got the best and worst fuel economy in Consumer Reports’ latest tests.

Rather than display every tested vehicle here, we have selected miles-per-gallon cutoffs that are relative to each category. For example, a vehicle that gets 21 mpg would not be a standout among wagons, but it would be among the highest in the midsized SUV or minivan category.  


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Choose a car type from the drop-down list to see the best fuel economy in that category.

For groups where there is a significant difference between the best and worst, we have a separate list for the least-efficient models.

Best & Worst Fuel-Economy by Type

RankMake & ModelOverall mpgCity mpgHighway mpg

Most Fuel-Efficient Hatchbacks

1BMW i3 Giga

1391

1351

1411

Most Fuel-Efficient Hatchbacks

2Toyota Prius Prime

1331/502

382

622

Most Fuel-Efficient Hatchbacks

3Tesla Model 3 Long Range

1301

1361

1231

Most Fuel-Efficient Hatchbacks

4Chevrolet Bolt Premier

1191

1281

1101

Most Fuel-Efficient Hatchbacks

5Nissan Leaf SL

1121

1251

1101

Most Fuel-Efficient Hatchbacks

6Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

1101/392

1101/312

1101/452

Most Fuel-Efficient Hatchbacks

7
Chevrolet Volt LT

1051

991

1091

Most Fuel-Efficient Hatchbacks

8

Toyota Mirai

671

671

671

Most Fuel-Efficient Hatchbacks

9

Honda Insight EX

54

44

62

Most Fuel-Efficient Hatchbacks

10

Toyota Prius Three524359

Most Fuel-Efficient Hatchbacks

11

Hyundai Ioniq SEL

524260

Most Fuel-Efficient Hatchbacks

12

Toyota Prius C Two433748

Most Fuel-Efficient Hatchbacks

13

Kia Niro EX433352

Most Fuel-Efficient Subcompact Cars

1Mitsubishi Mirage ES372847

Most Fuel-Efficient Subcompact Cars

2

Toyota Yaris

352448

Most Fuel-Efficient Subcompact Cars

3Honda Fit EX332442

Most Fuel-Efficient Subcompact Cars

4Chevrolet Spark LT332344

Most Fuel-Efficient Subcompact Cars

5Kia Rio S332248

Most Fuel-Efficient Subcompact Cars

6Hyundai Accent SEL332247

Most Fuel-Efficient Subcompact Cars

7Ford Fiesta SE sedan (4-cyl.)332245

Most Fuel-Efficient Subcompact Cars

8Ford Fiesta SES hatchback (4-cyl., MT)322342

Most Fuel-Efficient Subcompact Cars

9

Nissan Versa SV sedan322340

Most Fuel-Efficient Subcompact Cars

10

Nissan Versa Note SV

322242

Most Fuel-Efficient Compact Cars

1Chevrolet Cruze LT Diesel412760

Most Fuel-Efficient Compact Cars

2

Toyota Corolla Hatchback SE

36

24

51

Most Fuel-Efficient Compact Cars

3

Kia Forte LXS (2.0L)

34

22

49

Most Fuel-Efficient Compact Cars

4

Volkswagen Jetta SE (1.4T)

34

21

54

Most Fuel-Efficient Compact Cars

5

Hyundai Elantra SE332149

Most Fuel-Efficient Compact Cars

6

Toyota Corolla LE Plus322343

Most Fuel-Efficient Compact Cars

7

Honda Civic LX322145

Most Fuel-Efficient Compact Cars

8

Honda Civic EX-T312145

Most Fuel-Efficient Compact Cars

9

Nissan Sentra SV312142

Most Fuel-Efficient Compact Cars

10

Subaru Impreza Premium302141

Most Fuel-Efficient Compact Cars

11

Chevrolet Cruze LT301947

Most Fuel-Efficient Roadsters/Sports Cars

1Mazda MX-5 Miata Club (MT)342542

Most Fuel-Efficient Roadsters/Sports Cars

2Honda Civic Si342347

Most Fuel-Efficient Roadsters/Sports Cars

3

Fiat 124 Spider Lusso312340

Most Fuel-Efficient Roadsters/Sports Cars

4

Mini Cooper S302338

Most Fuel-Efficient Roadsters/Sports Cars

5Toyota 86302337

Most Fuel-Efficient Roadsters/Sports Cars

6Subaru BR-Z Premium302337

Most Fuel-Efficient Roadsters/Sports Cars

7

Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec

29

21

39

Most Fuel-Efficient Roadsters/Sports Cars

8

Ford Fiesta ST292136

Most Fuel-Efficient Roadsters/Sports Cars

9

Volkswagen GTI Autobahn292039

Most Fuel-Efficient Roadsters/Sports Cars

10

Fiat 500 Abarth282134

Least Fuel-Efficient Roadsters/Sports Cars

1

Ford Mustang GT Premium (V8)191327

Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized Cars

1Honda Accord Hybrid EX474052

Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized Cars

2Toyota Camry Hybrid LE473953

Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized Cars

3Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid413349

Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized Cars

4Ford Fusion SE Hybrid393541

Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized Cars

5Hyundai Sonata Hybrid SE393146

Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized Cars

6Toyota Camry LE (4-cyl.)322049

Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized Cars

7Honda Accord EX (1.5T)312142

Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized Cars

8

Nissan Altima 2.5 SV

31

20

45

Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized Cars

9

Chevrolet Malibu LT (1.5T)291941

Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized Cars

10

Volkswagen Passat SE (4-cyl.)281939

Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized Cars

11

Hyundai Sonata SEL (4.-cyl)281842

Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized Cars

12

Mazda6 Sport281842

Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized Cars

13

Kia Optima281840

Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized Cars

14

Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

261739

Most Fuel-Efficient Large Cars

1Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE423252

Most Fuel-Efficient Large Cars

2Nissan Maxima251736

Most Fuel-Efficient Large Cars

3Kia Cadenza Premium241636

Most Fuel-Efficent Upscale/Luxury Cars

1

Tesla Model 3 Long Range

1301

1361

1231

Most Fuel-Efficent Upscale/Luxury Cars

2

Tesla Model S 100D

1021

1011

1021

Most Fuel-Efficent Upscale/Luxury Cars

3

Lincoln MKZ Hybrid342938

Most Fuel-Efficent Upscale/Luxury Cars

4

Mercedes-Benz CLA 250281939

Most Fuel-Efficent Upscale/Luxury Cars

5

Acura ILX Premium281842

Most Fuel-Efficent Upscale/Luxury Cars

6

Acura TLX 2.4L271841

Most Fuel-Efficent Upscale/Luxury Cars

7

Audi A3 Premium271840

Most Fuel-Efficent Upscale/Luxury Cars

8

Audi A4 Premium Plus271840

Most Fuel-Efficent Upscale/Luxury Cars

9

Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti (AWD)271839

Most Fuel-Efficent Upscale/Luxury Cars

10

Mercedes-Benz C300 (AWD)261835

Most Fuel-Efficent Upscale/Luxury Cars

11

Volvo S60 T5 Momentum

26

17

39

Most Fuel-Efficent Upscale/Luxury Cars

12

BMW 530i xDrive

26

16

40

Most Fuel-Efficent Upscale/Luxury Cars

13

Jaguar XE Premium 25t (AWD)251736

Most Fuel-Efficent Upscale/Luxury Cars

14

Lexus ES 350

25

16

38

Most Fuel-Efficent Upscale/Luxury Cars

15

Acura TLX SH-AWD251636

Most Fuel-Efficent Upscale/Luxury Cars

16

Buick LaCrosse Essence241636

Most Fuel-Efficent Upscale/Luxury Cars

17

Mercedes-Benz E300 (AWD)241536

Least Fuel-Efficient Upscale/Luxury Cars

1Mercedes-Benz S550 (AWD)181228

Least Fuel-Efficient Upscale/Luxury Cars

2

Genesis G90 Premium (3.3T, AWD)

18

11

28

Least Fuel-Efficient Wagons & Hatchbacks

1Nissan Kicks SV322440

Least Fuel-Efficient Wagons & Hatchbacks

2Toyota C-HR XLE291942

Least Fuel-Efficient Wagons & Hatchbacks

3Hyundai Elantra GT281938

Least Fuel-Efficient Wagons & Hatchbacks

4Mini Clubman (3-cyl.)281840

Least Fuel-Efficient Wagons & Hatchbacks

5Fiat 500L Easy271837

Least Fuel-Efficient Wagons & Hatchbacks

6Kia Soul Plus261933

Least Fuel-Efficient Wagons & Hatchbacks

7Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SE251636

Most Fuel-Efficient Small SUVs

1

Chevrolet Equinox LT (Diesel)312241

Most Fuel-Efficient Small SUVs

2

Lexus NX 300h292334

Most Fuel-Efficient Small SUVs

3

Honda HR-V LX292039

Most Fuel-Efficient Small SUVs

4

Subaru Crosstrek Premium292039

Most Fuel-Efficient Small SUVs

5

Subaru Forester Premium

28

20

38

Most Fuel-Efficient Small SUVs

6

Honda CR-V EX282037

Most Fuel-Efficient Small SUVs

7

Mazda CX-3 Touring282036

Most Fuel-Efficient Small SUVs

8

Toyota RAV4 XLE

27

19

38

Most Fuel-Efficient Small SUVs

9

Honda CR-V LX271936

Most Fuel-Efficient Small SUVs

10

Mercedes-Benz GLA261935

Most Fuel-Efficient Small SUVs

11

Nissan Rogue Sport SV

26

1934

Most Fuel-Efficient Small SUVs

12

Hyundai Kona SEL261834

Most Fuel-Efficient Small SUVs

13

BMW X1 xDrive28i261737

Most Fuel-Efficient Small SUVs

14

Chevrolet Trax LT251834

Most Fuel-Efficient Small SUVs

15

BMW X2 xDrive28i251736

Most Fuel-Efficient Small SUVs

16

Mini Cooper Countryman S251736

Most Fuel-Efficient Small SUVs

17

Chevrolet Equinox LT (1.5T)251734

Most Fuel-Efficient Small SUVs

18

Infiniti QX30 Premium251732

Most Fuel-Efficient Small SUVs

19

Volkswagen Tiguan SE251635

Most Fuel-Efficient Small SUVs

20

Audi Q5 Premium241734

Most Fuel-Efficient Small SUVs

21

Lexus NX 300241733

Most Fuel-Efficient Small SUVs

22

Mazda CX-5 Touring241733

Most Fuel-Efficient Small SUVs

23

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti241732

Most Fuel-Efficient Small SUVs

24

Hyundai Tucson SE (2.0L)241732

Most Fuel-Efficient Small SUVs

25

Ford EcoSport SES (2.0L)241731

Most Fuel-Efficient Small SUVs

26

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SE241731

Most Fuel-Efficient Small SUVs

27

Mitsubishi Outlander SEL (4-cyl.)241730

Most Fuel-Efficient Small SUVs

28

Nissan Rogue SV241730

Most Fuel-Efficient Small SUVs

29

BMW X3 xDrive30i241636

Most Fuel-Efficient Small SUVs

30

Jeep Compass Latitude241635

Most Fuel-Efficient Small SUVs

31

Volvo XC40 Momentum241633

Most Fuel-Efficient Small SUVs

32

Jeep Renegade Latitude241632

Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized/Large SUVs

1Tesla Model X 100D

871

861

891

Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized/Large SUVs

2

Jaguar I-Pace HSE

761

801

721

Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized/Large SUVs

3

Lexus RX 450h243324

Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized/Large SUVs

4

Toyota Highlander Hybrid Ltd.251832

Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized/Large SUVs

5

Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited (diesel)241732

Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized/Large SUVs

6

BMW X5 xDrive40i

23

15

33

Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized/Large SUVs

7

Mazda CX-9 Touring221532

Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized/Large SUVs

8

Ford Edge SEL (2.0L EcoBoost)

22

15

31

Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized/Large SUVs

9

Toyota Highlander XLE221531

Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized/Large SUVs

10

BMW X7 xDrive40i

22

14

32

Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized/Large SUVs

11

Subaru Ascent Limited

22

15

32

Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized/Large SUVs

12
Kia Sorento EX (V6)221431

Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized/Large SUVs

13

Lexus RX 350221431

Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized/Large SUVs

14

Nissan Murano SL211529

Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized/Large SUVs

15

Porsche Cayenne (base)

21

15

29

Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized/Large SUVs

16

Acura MDX Tech211431

Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized/Large SUVs

17

Hyundai Santa Fe Limited (2.0T)

21

14

31

Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized/Large SUVs

18

Kia Telluride EX

21

14

30

Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized/Large SUVs

19

Honda Passport EX-L

21

1428

Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized/Large SUVs

20

Hyundai Santa Fe XL SE

20

14

29

Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized/Large SUVs

21

Chevrolet Traverse Premier (V6)201428

Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized/Large SUVs

22

Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum201428

Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized/Large SUVs

23

Jaguar F-Pace Prestige201427

Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized/Large SUVs

24

Cadillac XT5 Premium201330

Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized/Large SUVs

25

Honda Pilot EX-L201328

Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized/Large SUVs

26

Audi Q7 Premium Plus201328

Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized/Large SUVs

27

Volkswagen Atlas SEL (V6)201328

Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized/Large SUVs

28

Lexus RX L 350201230

Least Fuel-Efficient Midsized/Large SUVs

1Nissan Armada141020

Most Fuel-Efficient Minivans

1Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

841/272

841/212

841/322

Most Fuel-Efficient Minivans

2Honda Odyssey EX-L221433

Most Fuel-Efficient Minivans

3

Toyota Sienna XLE (FWD)211430

Most Fuel-Efficient Minivans

4Chrysler Pacifica Touring-L211333

Most Fuel-Efficient Minivans

5

Kia Sedona EX201328

Least Fuel-Efficient Minivans

1Dodge Grand Caravan GT171127

Most Fuel-Efficient Pickups

1Chevrolet Colorado LT Diesel241534

Most Fuel-Efficient Pickups

2

Ford Ranger XLT

20

14

27

Most Fuel-Efficient Pickups

3

Honda Ridgeline RTL201329

Most Fuel-Efficient Pickups

4

Toyota Tacoma SR5 (V6)191425

Most Fuel-Efficient Pickups

5

Ford F-150 XLT (2.7 EcoBoost)191326

Most Fuel-Efficient Pickups

6

Chevrolet Colorado LT (V6)181326

Most Fuel-Efficient Pickups

7

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT (5.3L V8)

17

11

24

Most Fuel-Efficient Pickups

8

Ram 1500 Big Horn (V8)

17

11

24

Most Fuel-Efficient Pickups

9

Nissan Titan SV161122
  1. Miles-per-gallon equivalent (MPGe).
  2. Miles per gallon while running on gas engine.
  3. Most Fuel-Efficient Hatchbacks Overall mpg = 38 or higher
  4. Most Fuel-Efficient Subcompact Cars Overall mpg = 31 or higher
  5. Most Fuel-Efficient Compact Cars Overall mpg = 30 or higher
  6. Most Fuel-Efficient Roadsters/Sporty Cars Overall mpg = 28 or higher (Tested with manual transmission, unless otherwise noted.)
  7. Least Fuel-Efficient Roadsters/Sporty Cars Overall mpg = 17 or lower
  8. Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized Cars Overall mpg = 26 or higher
  9. Most Fuel-Efficient Large Cars Overall mpg = 24 or higher
  10. Most Fuel-Efficient Upscale/Luxury Cars Overall mpg = 24 or higher
  11. Least Fuel-Efficient Upscale/Luxury Cars Overall mpg = 18 or lower
  12. Most Fuel-Efficient Wagons & Hatchbacks Overall mpg = 25 or higher
  13. Most Fuel-Efficient Small SUVs overall mpg = 24 or higher
  14. Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized/Large SUVs Overall mpg = 20 or higher
  15. Least Fuel-Efficient Midsized/Large SUVs Overall mpg = 14 or lower
  16. Most Fuel-Efficient Minivans overall mpg = 19 or higher
  17. Least Fuel-Efficient Minivans overall mpg = 17 or lower
  18. Most Fuel-Efficient Pickups Overall mpg = 16 or higher

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