Most fuel efficient car 2015

NEW YORK (MainStreet) – If fuel efficiency standards in this country are going to hit hit 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, it’s going to take help from every corner of the automotive market.

While it’s great that Tesla’s making a car that will sell for roughly $27,500 after incentives, that’s not happening until 2016 at the earliest. Meanwhile it still leaves out a whole lot of vehicle categories chosen by folks who don’t fit into one of Tesla’s three preassigned vehicle categories. The Environmental Protection Agency notes that cars and light trucks built during the 2013 model year got an average 24.1 miles to the gallon, and it’s largely because fuel-efficient technology is taking its time getting into other vehicle types.

That leaves the current crop of vehicles about halfway to the benchmark that the EPA and Department of Transportation set back in 2012. Tesla isn’t the only one falling short in the race to higher fuel efficiency, though. The Chevrolet Bolt that General Motors announced at the Detroit Auto Show claims it will offer 200 miles of electric range for $30,000 after incentives, but doesn’t do much to address the sluggish mileage of vehicles such as the Chevrolet Silverado or Cadillac CTS.

Meanwhile, the Bolt’s range is far better than any non-Tesla vehicle, while its price for that amount of range is still nonexistent. Toyota’s Rav 4 EV crossover has roughly half the Bolt’s range, but comes with a nearly $50,000 price tag. As gas prices keep climbing above this year’s sub-$2 low, the importance of fuel efficiency across all categories only increases.

“In almost every segment with critical volume, an electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid is almost a necessity for an at this point if they want to be at the top of their respective segment for fuel efficiency,” says Akshay Anand, analyst for vehicle pricing at analysis site Kelley Blue Book. “We’ve seen a seismic shift in the industry, where companies who used to see electrification as a secondary interest are now wholly invested in alternative fuel technologies, and the trend will continue from here.”

With help from the EPA’s site, we compiled a list of the most fuel-efficient vehicles across a broad spectrum of categories. To make sure we were on the right track, however, we enlisted the aid of automotive pricing and analysis site and its automotive editor Mike Takahashi. With their help, we narrowed the nation’s most fuel-efficient vehicles by category to the following:

Two-seater: 2015 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Convertible/Coupe
Starting price: $12,490 with incentives
Miles per gallon equivalent: 122 city, 93 highway, 107 combined
Electric charge range: 68 miles

The knock on this little urban two-seater is that, despite its diminutive size, its combustion-engine version didn’t offer a whole lot of efficiency for the money. Available with a power convertible top or as a coupe with a panoramic roof, the electric Smart is stocked with power heated exterior mirrors, rain and light sensors, a radio app and automatic temperature control. That said, it can still take up to four and a half hours to charge from zero, which makes next year’s improved model an option worth considering.

“With a new Smart on the way, the outgoing model should be approached with some caution,” Takahashi says. “The lack of overall refinement, its 68-mile maximum range and long charge times are certainly turnoffs.”

Minicompact: 2015 Fiat 500e
Starting price: $24,050 with incentives
Miles per gallon: 122 city, 108 highway, 116 combined
Electric charge range: 87 miles

See the Fiat’s 111 horsepower? That’s almost double what most of the other pint-sized EVs further down this list are are putting out.

Drivers also still get the handling and fun colors of the standard cinquecento. This one just happens to come with an electronic push-button shifter, TomTom navigation with voice-activated commands, a Fiat mobile app with with telematics and assistance, Blue&Me hands-free communication, seven airbags, rear parking assist, heated seats and mirrors, stability control and SiriusXM satellite radio. Pedestrian alert, hill assist and a four-year warranty on all electric parts are just a bonus. But Edmunds notes that it only managed 109 miles in the city, and that cargo and rear passenger space gets squeezed by the battery. Oh, and its availability is somewhat limited.

“Fiat 500e — great if you live in California or Oregon, which are the only states where the 500e is sold,” Takahashi says. “If you do, the 500e is one of the more entertaining EVs to drive and the 87-mile range can easily be surpassed if you avoid highways.”

Subcompact: 2015 BMW i3
Starting price: $42,400
Miles per gallon equivalent: 137 city, 111 highway, 124 combined
Electric charge range: 81 miles

It’s incredibly efficient even without an available, on-board gas generator that doubles the vehicle’s 81-mile range — which we have to note is still well below the Tesla’s 270 miles. Made with lightweight aluminum and carbon fiber, the i3 is far lighter than most other EVs and requires a smaller battery, consuming less energy. Thus, its 124 miles-per-gallon equivalent is actually far more efficient than the Model S’ 100 mpge, even if the latter has greater range. The crew at Edmunds managed to get 96 miles worth of range out of the standard battery and 150 with the extender.

The i3 also packs 170 horsepower of performance and tons of interior space in an electric ride rivaled in speed by only the Tesla Model S. There is room for four full-size adults to fit comfortably, while the fold-flat makes the i3 surprisingly practical. With lots of luxury amenities that BMW customers have come to expect, the i3 beats the Model S in one big area: price. That $42,000 still isn’t cheap, but it has some upside.

“The i3 has been getting favorable reviews from all of our editors,” Takahashi says. “With a roomy cabin, surprisingly strong performance and a stylish interior, it’s not your typical EV.”

Compact: 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf
Starting price: $27,945 after incentives
Miles per gallon equivalent: 126 city, 105 highway, 115.5 combined
Electric charge range: 83 miles

We absolutely love it when an automaker simply makes an electric version of an existing vehicle without stripping out that vehicle’s soul.The Golf hatchback was a great choice for a Volkswagen e-makeover. Its standard features including an electrically heated windshield, full LED headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights, rearview camera, Media Device Interface with iPod cable, navigation system with 5.8″ touchscreen with proximity sensors and voice control, Volkswagen Car-Net connected car features with e-Golf functions, keyless access with push-button start and heated front seats that just blend in seamlessly. The 115-horsepower engine may seem a little pokey for those used to a little more high-octane German engineering, but a four-hour “slow” charge and a 30-minute direct-current quick charge more than make up for the lack of muscle.

“As stated in our A rating, the VW eGolf is ‘Our new favorite compact electric vehicle,” Takahashi says. “There are very few downsides to this car, with one of them being availability — only participating dealers in select states have them. In terms of performance, comfort, interior and value, it got A grades across the board.”

Midsize: 2015 Nissan LEAF
Starting price: $21,510 with incentives
Miles per gallon: 126 city, 101 highway, 114 combined
Electric charge range: 84 miles

Though it’s hard to believe the LEAF has been around since 2010, the roughly $6,000 price drop for 2013 indicated Nissan is well aware that the lack of a supercharger dates this vehicle a bit. For folks lacking a long commute and living along electric corridors with loads of access to chargers, however, it’s a dream.

A bevy of audio, navigation and app support features – including maps of nearby charging station — are now fairly standard among the competition. The LEAF is just as silent, though, and is still one of the best EV options available for the money. That said, only the EPA considers this a “midsize.”

“The Leaf is more of a four-door hatchback than a midsize vehicle,” Takahashi says. “It gets high marks for its spacious and quiet cabin, plentiful features and affordability, but drivers should be aware it is rather slow. If you’re seeking fuel efficiency in a real midsize vehicle, check out the hybrid variants of the Ford Fusion and Honda Accord, which all received our A ratings.”

Large: 2015 Tesla Model S AWD
Starting price: $78,570 with incentives
Miles per gallon: 106 city, 95 highway, 100 combined
Electric charge range: 270 miles

There isn’t a whole lot of downside to the Tesla other than price. The 376-horsepower motor, 5.2-second zero-to-60 and 155 mph top speed all add up to more performance than any other electric vehicle can manage. Meanwhile, while not as efficient as some other EVs, that 270-mile range, supercharger and eight-year, unlimited mile warranty are unmatched. Granted, it took Tesla a while to get its charger-oriented navigation down, but when you’re going to offer self-driving “autopilot” by the end of the year, that’s a minor quibble.

“You can easily dismiss the electric equation with the Tesla because it defies the convention we associate with EVs,” Takahashi says. “The Model S in P85 form is blindingly quick and features a premium interior with technology that signals ‘the future is here.’ Among luxury sedans, it should be on your short list whether or not you’re looking for an electric car.”

Small station wagon: 2015 Kia Soul EV
Starting price: $26,200 with incentives
Miles per gallon: 120 city, 92 highway, 105 combined
Electric charge range: 93 miles

The box on wheels once sold with the help of dancing hamsters and LMFAO songs got an electric upgrade and, for perhaps the first time in Kia history, there are waiting lists for its products. The touchscreen infotainment system and its charge status updates, charging station navigation, climate control and sound system with beat-sensing mood lighting are all secondary concerns — as is the boasted top speed of 149 miles per hour.

It doesn’t have the broad color palate, mix-and-match accent plates and sunroof upgrades of the standard model, but it still has the Soul’s versatile 60/40 rear seating and 23.7 cubic feet of cargo space (49.5 with the rear seats down) that make it an ideal electric surf shack, bike shuttle or city shopping companion. The 10-year, 100,000-mile Kia warranted doesn’t hurt, either.

“Buoyed by a well-executed and spacious interior and strong value, the Kia Soul EV managed to earn an Edmunds A rating,” Takahashi says. Unfortunately, it’s another EV with limited availability and wind noise can be excessive on the highway. But its generous range and warranty are also a big plus.

Midsize wagon: 2015 Toyota Prius V
Starting price: $26,675
Miles per gallon: 44 city, 40 highway, 42 combined

The wagon-like Prius V’s combined 42 miles per gallon lags behind the 50 of the original Prius, but it’s still impressive for a hybrid. Also, the V’s 67.3 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats down is considerably larger than the original-recipe Prius’ 39.6 cubic feet and is closer to that of compact SUVs such as Toyota’s RAV4.

Even if you go with the base model, features including a touchscreen audio and information system, a backup camera and Smart Key come standard. There are available tech upgrades including SiriusXM satellite radio, navigation and the Entune app suite — as well as an optional panoramic moonroof — but the surprising room and fuel-sipping mileage sell a road trip in the Prius V on their own.

“For those who may have considered a standard Prius but needed more interior space, the Prius V addresses that issue,” Takahashi says. “Drawbacks should be easy to overlook include slow acceleration and an abundance of hard plastics inside.”

Small SUV: 2015 Lexus NX 300h
Starting price: $39,720
Miles per gallon: 35 city, 31 highway, 33 combined

A luxurious hybrid version of the Toyota RAV4 should be an upper-middle-class family’s dream, right? Almost 18 cubic feet of cargo space, 36 inches of legroom in the back, a smartphone charger, LED lighting, a remote touchpad to control your information and entertainment options? That’s luxury, but that doesn’t absolve the NX 300h of its faults — which a competitor could easily exploit if there was any real competition in this hybrid category.

“There aren’t many hybrids to compete against the NX, but you should still be aware that we weren’t fans of the uneven braking feel or the stiffer-than-normal ride quality,” Takahashi says. “We had stronger negative reactions to Lexus’ remote touch infotainment controller.”

“Outside of those issues, it gets high marks for rear seat space, quality interior elements and a wealth of high-tech features,” he says.

Standard SUV: 2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
Starting price: $47,750
Miles per gallon: 27 city, 28 highway, 27.5 combined

This Camry-based crossover helped kill the lumbering conventional SUV when it was introduced little more than a decade ago and continues to trim the fat, especially in hybrid form. That mileage complements such features as a panoramic moonroof, power liftgate, three-zone climate control and backup camera without sacrificing the Highlander’s 94 cubic feet of storage space or three rows of seating.

“If people-hauling and hybrid efficiency are priorities, the Highland Hybrid is the top choice, at least until the upcoming Volvo XC90 T8 hits dealerships,” Takahashi says. “The Highlander Hybrid manages to exceed expectations when it comes to interior quality, its smooth ride quality and surefooted handling.”

Minivan: 2015 Mazda5
Starting price: $21,240
Miles per gallon: 21 city/28 highway

Sometimes buyers want a minivan, but just don’t need all the room it provides. The Mazda5 has had their back for years by cramming all of a minivan’s features into a a small package with the handling of a car. The Mazda5 still has three rows, but room for only six — the third row shades toward the small side. The middle row, meanwhile, consists of two captain’s chairs with a pop-up table and storage space that goes between them. That said, the Mazda5 also trims out a lot of the more superfluous minivan perks. Its four-cylinder engine manages only 157 horsepower, but gives it incredible gas mileage. The interior doesn’t have 100-plus cubic feet of cargo space, but the 44 cubic feet it does provide when the rear seat is folded down is still fairly formidable.

“As a smaller version of the typical minivan, the Mazda5 can only seat six and even then, taller passengers may feel cramped,” Takahashi says. “To its credit, it is easier to park and handling response is better than average, but its advantage in terms of fuel economy is rather slim. It also doesn’t offer some common conveniences, and the engine struggles when fully loaded. Family-minded shoppers should also be wary of its disappointing crash test scores.”

Pickup: Ford F-150 with EcoBoost V6
Starting price: $25,410
Miles per gallon: 19 city/26 highway, 22.5 combined

We initially didn’t have the F-150 in this slot, and the EPA still doesn’t. But Edmunds and Takahashi pointed out that the F-150’s turbocharged EcoBoost 2.7-liter V6 and new aluminum body manage 22 miles per gallons compared with our first-place Ram 1500’s 21. That also comes with an increase in performance, as the Ford reached 60 mph almost two seconds quicker than its Ram rival. While Takahashi notes that the Ram gets high marks for its “interior refinement and ride quality,” the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. still edged it to add another prize to its vast trophy case.

— Written by Jason Notte in Portland, Ore., for MainStreet

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Most Fuel Efficient Cars In 2015 (USA)

Our “most fuel efficient cars in 2014” article was one of the most popular articles on the site for a long time… and now it’s time for an update. Of course, US cars just keep getting more and more efficient, especially electric cars, which lead the pack. The most efficient cars on the market are all electric cars. In fact, every electric car on the market is more efficient than even the most efficient conventional hybrid car (the Toyota Prius). Some of them are more than twice as efficient. As you scroll through the list below, note that the Prius has a MPG rating of 50.

If you are not familiar with MPGe, it is a rating created by the EPA to determine the relative efficiency of an electric car compared to a gasoline car. Technically, it means “miles per gallon equivalent.” There are various assumptions that go into that efficiency rating, and how clean your electric car actually is is largely dependent on your electricity source, but MPGe is generally good for comparing to conventional gasmobiles and hybrids.

Before jumping into the “most fuel efficient cars in 2015” list, I’ll note that there’s a full table of US and European (not rated) electric cars under the article, and there’s more information about all of these cars on our “Electric Cars 2015” page.

On to the list! Here are the top 10 most fuel efficient cars in the US in 2015 (and I will update this as more electric cars arrive on the market in 2015):

1. BMW i3 — 124 MPGe

2. Chevy Spark EV — 119 MPGe

3. Volkswagen e-Golf — 116 MPGe

3. Fiat 500e — 116 MPGe

5. Nissan LEAF — 114 MPGe

6. Mitsubishi i-MiEV — 112 MPGe

7. Smart Electric Drive — 107 MPGe & 107 MPGe

8. Kia Soul EV — 105 MPGe

8. Ford Focus Electric — 105 MPGe

10. Tesla Model S (60 kWh) — 95 MPGe

Here’s a full table with the efficiency of more electric cars and other info to boot:

2015 Mitsubishi Mirage Most Fuel-Efficient Car

The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage has set out to prove that drivers can have both efficiency and affordability in their vehicle and the fuel-efficient minicar isn’t showing any sign of stopping. Recently Kelley Blue Book recognized the 2015 Mirage for both those qualities and named the minicar in its 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Cars under $25,000 list.

Maybe most admirable about the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage is even though it has the ultra-efficiency of hybrid and electric vehicles, it doesn’t have the maintenance costs or setbacks of either. In fact, the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage is gas-powered and delivers an impressive 34 city/42 highway mpg when equipped with a five-speed manual and 37 city/44 highway mpg with the continuously variable transmission. The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage is a fuel-efficient car and does it well.

The suggested manufacturer’s retail price for the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage is $12,995 and comes standard with keyless entry, full power accessories, a rear spoiler, 14-inch steel wheels, four-speaker sound system with a CD player and much more. Even with the Mirage’s highest trim level packed with Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, optional navigation package, cruise control, keyless ignition and entry, the Mirage is still incredibly affordable.

This slick minicar really does have it all and continues to be a trendsetter, earning not only awards for fuel-efficiency, but safety. The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage is “Top Safety Pick” rated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety after good crash tests and was one of only two minicars test this year to receive the award.

See for yourself the power and efficiency of the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage today! It’s perfect for college students, commuters or as a first car for that new driver in your life. Contact the friendly staff at Continental Mitsubishi to schedule a test drive today or simply do so using our convenient online scheduling form.

Top 10 Most Fuel Efficient Cars for 2015

April 17, 2015 at 4:48 PM

Miles per gallon is quickly becoming a factor that can make or break the sale of a car to most customers. People are looking for fuel efficiency, for low running costs and for a vehicle that is friendly towards the environment.

Miles per gallon is quickly becoming a factor that can make or break the sale of a car to most customers. People are looking for fuel efficiency, for low running costs and for a vehicle that is friendly towards the environment.

If you’re looking for the most fuel efficient vehicle that money can buy in 2015, then these are what you should be looking at:


Most people will be very surprised to see a 2 litre petrol SUV at the top of this list but, thanks to its clever hybrid engine, the PHEV is able to achieve the equivalent of 148 MPG. On the petrol engine alone you can expect a return of 50 mpg, but with the two systems running in sync this produces a phenomenal 148 MPG.

This is a huge step in the electric vehicle revolution, providing you with a hybrid vehicle that is far more capable than its predecessors without being a small, boxy and ugly vehicle. Want to find out what the PHEV is all about? Book a test drive today and see for yourself!

2. BMW I3 BEV – 124 MPG

BMW may have been a late contender to the electric car market, but the i3 produces performance and styling that has been lacking in many electric vehicles. It may be more than double the price than some of the alternatives out there, although you could argue that producing a return of 124 MPG is enough reason for it.

3. FIAT 500E – 122 MPG

Stylistically, the 500e looks exactly the same as the 500 but under this chic appearance it is a very different vehicle. Instead of the (already impressively efficient) petrol engine there is a 83kw electric motor and instead of a gear lever you receive a horde of buttons that would not look out of place in a fighter jet. Despite all this though, the 500e is fun to drive without costing you a penny in petrol or road tax which is pretty good in our books!


Easily the smallest car on this list and with a fully electric engine you may have expected performances similar to the BMW and Fiat above, but sadly this is not so. That said, 107 MPG is nothing to be scoffed at as it is more than double what most petrol engines would produce. With an active range of around 90 miles, this is a vehicle that is well suited to city life.

5. PEUGEOT 208 1.6 BLUE HDI – 94 MPG

The first combustion-engine car in this list and it’s a doozy! This 100bhp diesel engine provides its lucky drivers with a staggering 94 MPG, only 13 short of the Smart ForTwo and in a far more appealing package. Despite being highly fuel efficient, the stylings and drivability of this car remain to the same high standard that we’ve come to expect from Peugeot.


Hot on the heels of the 208, the VW Polo can deliver a whopping 91 MPG on its diesel engine. This just goes to show how far fuel efficiency has come over the last couple of years. With no road tax to pay and no electricity bills from charging electric engines this is easily one of the cheapest cars to run in the UK. Even the Golf, with its slightly larger engine, has an impressive fuel efficiency that only just doesn’t make this list.


The Corsa has been around for generations now and the new ecoFlex takes the low running costs and maximises it with an extremely efficient 1.3 litre engine. There are a selection of vehicles that fall into this efficiency bracket, so the Corsa has been released at a very low price – £8,995 – undercutting most of the rivals.


Skoda’s offering to this list is the rather spacious Octavia, a much larger car than the hatchbacks on this list – although significantly smaller than the PHEV. With a powerful 1.6 litre TDI diesel engine, you may not expect it to produce a healthy 88MPG, but the Octavia delivers this in style thanks to eco-tyres, start-stop technology and brake energy regeneration.

9. KIA RIO 1 1.1 CRDI – 88 MPG

The Rio only just about cut the mustard with this list as, despite great fuel efficiency, the model is very basis lacking things like air-con and Bluetooth. That said if you’re looking for a basic run about vehicle with plenty of storage space and awesome fuel efficiency then this is a great option for you. What’s more, the Rio has a five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating making it a great family vehicle.


Similarly to the Corsa, Ford have been steadily improving their Fiesta model for years and the new ECOnetic reflects these changes. With a real-world fuel efficiency of 85 MPG this model combines low running costs with a fun, dynamic drive and hi-tech kit. It may not be the most fuel efficient vehicle on this list but it definitely packs in the most features and has plenty of room for all the family.

Want the most fuel efficient vehicle in Britain? Test drive the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV today at Nathaniel Cars and get started on creating a greener future.

Many new cars get good gas mileage, spread across a wide swath of price points.

But for many consumers, gas mileage isn’t just about saving fuel–and, for some, cutting carbon emissions–it’s about saving money.

So which cars offer the cheapest gas mileage?

To find out, we compared the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices for a variety of models (plus their mandatory delivery fees) with their fuel-efficiency ratings from the EPA’s website.

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We not only looked at cars with high gas mileage, but also cars that are very cheap, which gave us this Top 10 list of new cars with the cheapest gas mileage.

We used the highest combined fuel-economy rating for each model, although in some cases that corresponds to variants with optional equipment.

In those cases, we selected the version that had the best fuel economy-to-cost ratio. Pricing and specifications for each model are detailed in the descriptions below.

2015 Mitsubishi Mirage

2015 Mitsubishi Mirage: $372 per mpg

The Mitsubishi Mirage tops the list when it comes to inexpensive gas mileage.

It achieves a best of 40 mpg combined (37 mpg city, 44 mpg highway) with its 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine, and the optional CVT automatic.

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The CVT adds $1,100 to the Mirage’s $13,805 base price (including destination), bringing the total to $14,905.

Note that there is no 2016 Mirage, but the model will return for 2017 with several updates, including an available sedan body style. EPA-rated fuel economy shouldn’t drastically change.

2016 Toyota Prius C

2016 Toyota Prius C: $407 per mpg

The Prius C is no longer Toyota’s most fuel-efficient hybrid, but it remains the cheapest–and that counts for a lot here.

The subcompact hybrid is rated at 50 mpg combined (53 mpg city, 46 mpg highway).

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That comes with a base price of $20,395–a combination that gets the Prius C to second place on this list.

While the larger Prius hatchback was just redesigned, the Prius C’s future may be uncertain, as low gas prices have led Toyota to question its strategy of having a “family” of Prius models.

2016 Chevrolet Spark

2016 Chevrolet Spark: $418 per mpg

The redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Spark went on sale in some areas in December, after debuting at the 2015 New York Auto Show last year.

It achieves maximum mileage of 35 mpg combined (31 mpg city, 41 mpg highway) with its sole engine option–a 1.4-liter four-cylinder–and the optional CVT automatic.

Selecting the CVT instead of the standard five-speed manual adds $1,100 to the Spark’s base price, bringing the total to $14,635.

2016 Nissan Versa

2016 Nissan Versa sedan: $425 per mpg

Nissan offers Versa buyers quite a few configurations of body style and powertrain, but when it comes to fuel economy, one proves to be a better value than the others.

All Versa sedan models use a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, and with the optional CVT the Versa gets 35 mpg combined (31 mpg city, 40 mpg highway).

But getting the CVT requires upgrading from the base Versa S to the SE–inflating the base price by $2,050, to $14,875.

That’s still a slightly better dollars-per-MPG value than a base Versa S, which returns 30 mpg combined (27 mpg city, 36 mpg highway) with its standard five-speed manual.

With the lower base price, that works out to $427 per mpg, just a tad higher than the more expensive–but more efficient–model.

2016 Smart ForTwo minicar, Portland, Oregon, Aug 2015

2016 Smart ForTwo: $440 per mpg

The all-new Smart ForTwo is a much better car than its ancient predecessor, which dated back to the 1990s, but its fuel economy has stayed pretty much the same.

That’s despite the seeming expectations of other drivers and onlookers, who seem to assume that the 8.5-foot-long car gets 60, 70, even 80 mpg due to its tiny size.

The base ForTwo Pure, at $15,400 including delivery, comes with a five-speed manual gearbox and is rated at 35 mpg combined.

You can boost that to 36 mpg combined by adding the $990 dual-clutch automatic transmission, but the base manual version actually has a better price-per-mpg ratio.

2016 Toyota Prius Two Eco

2016 Toyota Prius Two Eco: $455 per mpg

The 2016 Toyota Prius Two Eco is most fuel-efficient new car available without a plug, boasting an EPA-rated 56 mpg combined (58 mpg city, 53 mpg highway).

That’s compared to the 52 mpg combined (54 mpg city, 50 mpg highway) of all other 2016 Prius Liftback models.

The Eco sits toward the low end of the 2016 Prius lineup in pricing, so its increased fuel economy doesn’t come with a major price penalty.

This variant starts $25,535–just above the base Prius Two’s starting point of $25,035.

2016 Scion iA

2016 Scion iA: $475 per mpg

Toyota’s “youth brand” may be on the way out, but the 2016 Scion iA still provides fairly cheap gas mileage.

Based on the latest Mazda 2 sedan (not otherwise sold in the U.S.), the 2016 Scion iA gets 37 mpg combined (33 mpg city, 42 mpg highway) with the standard 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine when the optional six-speed automatic transmission is specified.

Selecting that option elevates the base price from $16,495 to $17,595.

Toyota recently announced plans to kill Scion, claiming a separate brand is no longer needed to reach younger buyers.

So beginning in August, the iA will be sold as a Toyota in the U.S. (though its model name is yet to be specified).

2016 Toyota Yaris

2016 Toyota Yaris: $476 per mpg

It may be based on a different platform at the moment, but the Yaris essentially serves as Toyota’s subcompact hatchback companion to the iA sedan.

So perhaps it’s fitting that the Yaris represents a similar value when it comes to fuel economy.

The best this hatchback can muster is 33 mpg combined (30 mpg city, 37 mpg highway). That’s with the standard 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, and five-speed manual transmission.

Given that, there’s no need to pay more than the Yaris’ listed base price of $15,730.

2016 Ford Fiesta

2016 Ford Fiesta SFE sedan: $477 per mpg

As with the Nissan Versa, Ford asks Fiesta buyers to pay significantly more for better fuel economy.

That’s because the most efficient powertrain–the 1.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost three-cylinder engine and five-speed manual transmission–is not available on base models.

It’s offered with an efficiency-focused SFE package on the Fiesta SE model, starting at $17,190.

But the Fiesta 1.0-liter EcoBoost also achieves an EPA-rated 36 mpg combined (31 mpg city, 43 mpg highway).

That still makes it a better value proposition than less-expensive–but also less-efficient–Fiesta models.

2016 Kia Rio SX

2016 Kia Rio sedan: $484 per mpg

The 2016 Kia Rio is yet another example of a small economy car offering cheaper gas mileage than a hybrid.

Kia’s subcompact returns a relatively low 31 mpg combined (27 mpg city, 38 mpg highway) with the standard 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission.

That comes at a base price of $15,015, including the mandatory delivery fee as always.

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2015 Cars That Get The Best Fuel Economy

With the national average cost for a gallon of gasoline having recently dropped to just under $3.00 a gallon, the AAA says fuel prices are at their cheapest they’ve been since December 2010. Still, keeping gas in the tank remains one of a motorist’s costliest driving expenses; given the volatility involved in the petroleum industry, few gamblers would bet against prices remaining at these affordable levels for an extended period.

Fortunately for those taking a longer-term view, new vehicles are more fuel-efficient than they’ve ever been, with the average rating for all cars and light-duty trucks rising to 24.1 mpg for the 2013 model year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s annual Fuel Economy Trends report. This represents a 0.5-mpg boost over the previous model year’s figures, with fleet-wide fuel economy registering increases over eight of the last nine years.

The EPA credits much of this increase to more widespread use of the latest fuel-saving technology including direct-injection engines, turbochargers and advanced automatic transmissions having as many as nine forward gears.

“Consumers now have many more choices when shopping for vehicles with higher fuel economy and lower emissions compared to just five years ago,” says EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

We’re featuring the 20 cars for 2015 that the EPA says will deliver the best overall fuel economy among all models in the accompanying slideshow, along with our own commentary.

Unfortunately, those looking for the absolute most efficient means of vehicular transportation, whether for altruistic environmental considerations or simply to save money at the pump, had better check the electrical connections in their garages to ensure they’re up to code. That’s because all but two out of the EPA’s 20 most fuel-efficient vehicles for 2015 are either plug-in hybrids or pure electric vehicles. What’s more, several of the fuel economy leaders are sold only in California and perhaps a few select other states. At that, even models represented here that are available nationwide might be hard to find on showroom floors outside of areas that already register the healthiest EV and plug-in vehicle sales.

For the record, Georgia, California and Washington are presently the nation’s top three states for EV sales, according to the market research firm IHS Automotive. Georgia? Seems that the Peach State offers EV buyers a whopping $5,000 tax credit, the richest in the Southeast and among the highest in the nation, and that’s on top of the one-time $7,500 federal tax credit that’s also granted to EV buyers. That’s $12,500 off the top just for walking into a dealership’s door.

In Pictures: 20 Cars With The Best Fuel Economy.

The EPA’s top fuel-saver for 2015 is the oddly styled but technologically advanced BMW i3, which has the distinction of being the only car for which a gasoline engine is optional. How’s that? The i3 is otherwise a full EV, with a range of 80-100 hours on a charge, but the automaker sells a small gasoline engine as a “range extender” to run the electric motor once the car’s lithium-ion battery is depleted, which more or less turns it onto a hybrid EV/plug-in hybrid.

As mentioned above, many of the top energy savers on the EPA’s top performing list are only sold in California and select other states. These include the Chevrolet Spark EV, Volkswagen e-Golf, Fiat 500e, Smart ForTwo Electric Drive, Kia Soul Electric, Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive, and the Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid.

Those limited to California are so-called compliance cars that are made available to fulfill the state’s requirement that major automakers sell at least one zero-emissions vehicle. It’s possible that an out-of-state resident could purchase one of these limited distribution EVs, but factory-authorized servicing is usually limited to dealerships (and perhaps only certain ones at that) in the state where the car is sold.

For those still new to the technology, EVs run exclusively via an electric motor and a battery pack that must be recharged on a daily basis, which can take eight hours or more with standard 110-volt service; a quicker, though costlier alternative would be to have a dedicated 240-volt power line installed. They tend to be pricier (often by several thousand dollars) than conventionally powered models, though to help offset the difference EV buyers can take advantage of the aforementioned one-time $7,500 federal income tax credit and any additional local incentives. And then there’s fuel saving costs to consider. As an example, the EPA says buying the aforementioned $41,350 BMW i3 will save an owner $7,000 in fuel costs over five years compared to the average new vehicle. Ratings and projected energy costs for all present and past models can be found at the EPA’s website.

Seven models on our list are plug-in hybrid cars that can run on battery power for an extended period, after which the car operates like a conventional gas/electric hybrid (or with models like the Chevy Volt and Cadillac ELR, a small gas engine kicks in to run a generator that continues to power the electric motor). Depending on how they’re driven, plug-in hybrids can use little to no gasoline, though ownership costs tend to favor those with shorter commutes and around-town use. Unlike a pure EV, however, there’s so worry of ever being stranded at the side of the road with a depleted battery. Plug-in hybrid buyers can also avail themselves of a one-time federal income tax credit, which runs from $2,500 to $7,500 depending on the model.

In Pictures: 20 Cars With The Best Fuel Economy.

And yes, there are two non plug-in models among the EPA’s top 20 list, the industry’s top-selling Toyota Prius, and its subcompact sibling, the Prius c hybrids. These and similar models come primarily powered by a gasoline engine that’s augmented by an electric motor and battery pack that self-charges itself via energy recovered through braking and deceleration. Hybrids tend to have better fuel economy around town than on the highway, largely because that’s when the electric motor does more of the work, and because the gasoline engine typically shuts down while at idle, when it would otherwise attain zero miles per gallon. Unfortunately, there are no current federal tax incentives available for purchasers of hybrid cars and crossovers.

As for the non-hybrid/plug-in fuel economy leaders, these tend to be among smallest rides on the road, along with a few diesel-engine versions of European models like the BMW 3 Series, Audi A3 and the Volkswagen Jetta and Golf, with the best of them rated at 35-40 mpg in combined city/highway driving (versus the electric equivalent of 95-124 mpg here). We’ll look at those models in a coming post.

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The 4 Most Fuel Efficient 2015 Toyota Vehicles

The average 2016 vehicle gets 25 miles per gallon, according to This is a great improvement over older cars, but many vehicles get higher gas mileage. If saving money is important to you when buying a car, it’s one of the first things you’ll be interested in looking at. Let’s look at which Toyotas get the best gas efficiency to give you the best value.

Toyota Prius

By far, the Prius outranks any other Toyota for fuel efficiency, whether you get gas-only, a hybrid of gas and electric, or electric only. The Prius v gets 42 mpg, which sounds great until you see what other types of Prius vehicles there are. The Prius and Prius c are both gasoline-only and average 50 mpg. But it can still get better. The Prius Plug-in Hybrid gets 50 mpg on regular gas and 95 mpg when using electric and gas. This means you can save over $3,000 each year by switching to a Toyota Prius.

Toyota Camry Hybrid

Both the Camry Hybrid LE and the Camry Hybrid XLE/SE get excellent gas mileage from regular gasoline. The Camry Hybrid LE averages 41 mpg, and the MSRP on this car is actually cheaper than the Camry Hybrid XLE/SE, which averages 40 mpg. This means you could save over $2,500 in fuel costs over five years with one of these cars. However, make sure to get the hybrid if gas mileage is important to you. The non-hybrid Camry averages 28 mpg, which is still great fuel efficiency but much less than the hybrids.

Toyota Avalon Hybrid

This sleek, sophisticated car will turn heads as you cruise down the road. The Toyota Avalon Hybrid gets 40 mpg combined, saving you over $2,500 in fuel costs over five years. Its counterpart, the non-hybrid Avalon, gets 24 mpg combined. The difference between the two Avalon cars is that the hybrid is only four cylinders while the non-hybrid is six cylinders. The hybrid is slightly more expensive, although costs are very similar for both cars.

Toyota Corolla

There are a few different Corolla types to choose from. The Corolla LE Eco gets the best gas mileage at 35 mpg combined, saving you over $1,750 in fuel costs over five years. The Corolla with variable gear ratios averages 32 mpg, saving you over $1,500 in fuel costs over five years. Both the automatic and manual 4-speed Corollas average 31 mpg, saving you over $1,250 in fuel costs over five years. If you love the Corolla, you can expect between 31 and 35 mpg, which is great fuel efficiency.

North Carolina has a lot of beautiful scenery and historic sites to see, and you’ll need a reliable car with great fuel efficiency to get you there. If you drive a lot, you’ll definitely need to pay attention to how fuel-efficient a car is. Toyota makes many fuel-efficient and reliable cars that you can count on to get you where you need to go. If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, think Toyota!

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The Most Fuel Efficient SUV’s of 2011: 6 Models with High MPG

The most fuel efficient SUV list includes some hybrids, as well as some gasoline models. Hybrid technology is just starting to infiltrate the SUV market, and it has produced some great results so far. SUVs used to barely get above 20 miles per gallon, and now hybrid technology has been able to increase those numbers by more than 50 percent. Here are some of the top models with the highest SUV gas mileage.

Ford Escape Hybrid and Mazda Tribute

These two models are all very similar. They happen to be the most fuel efficient SUVs out there, with the best MPG for SUVs. Each model comes with a 4 cylinder 2.5 liter engine, which is not the best for an SUV. However, for the increased fuel efficiency benefits, you have to give a little to get something. There isn’t too much power lost with these engines though, since there is also an electric motor to add some extra power. These models can get 34 miles per gallon on the highway and 31 miles per gallon in the city, for a combined rating of 32 mpg. These models have the lowest average fuel cost of $1,277 per year. The next closest model is more than $100 more, meaning you save two to three tanks of gas per year at a minimum. The carbon footprint of these models are 5.8 tons of carbon dioxide, which is about half as much as typical gasoline SUVs. The models that get the highest ratings are the 2WD transmissions, but they also come with 4WD. They do get a little lower ratings, but would still be on top with 30 miles per gallon on the highway and 27 miles per gallon in the city, for a combined rating of 29 mpg.

Toyota Highlander

The next SUV on the list is the Toyota Highlander. It can get 28 miles per gallon on the highway and in the city. It has a fuel cost of approximately $1,460 dollars in a year. It’s carbon footprint is still a respectable 6.7 tons of carbon dioxide. The more impressive part is that it comes with a 3.5 liter V6 engine. Those numbers are based on the 4WD model.

Mitsubishi Outlander

The Outlander is also a newcomer to this list for 2011. It comes in 2WD and 4WD formats. The 2WD model gets 31 miles per gallon on the highway and 25 miles per gallon in the city, for a combined rating of 27 mpg. The 4WD model gets 29 miles per gallon on the highway and 24 miles per gallon in the city, for a combined rating of 26 mpg. Fuel costs jump into the $1,550 range, and the Outlander has a carbon footprint of 7.2 tons of carbon dioxide.

Hyundai Tucson

The Hyundai Tucson just beats out the top 3 models listed above (Escape and Tribute) in their non hybrid forms. The Tucson gets 31 miles per gallon on the highway, but only 23 miles per gallon in the city for a combined rating of 26 mpg.

Great gas mileage isn’t just for sedans and hybrids! If you’re in the market for an SUV that’s compact, fuel-efficient, and fun to drive, then a five-passenger crossover can be a smart choice. Many small and compact SUVs come with cool features such as flat-fold rear seating for maximum cargo space, keyless entry and ignition, and innovative infotainment systems — depending on the model year and trim you choose.

Begin your search with our list of high MPG small SUVs below, based on fuel economy estimates from fueleconomy.gov1:

5. 2014-2016 Nissan Rogue 2.5L 4WD

4. 2017 Nissan Rogue 2.5L 4WD

3. Tie – 2015 Honda CR-V 4WD & 2015-2016 Nissan Rogue 2.5L 2WD

2. Tie – 2017 Nissan Rogue 2.5L 2WD & 2015 Mazda CX-5 2.5L 2WD

1. 2015 Honda CR-V 2.4L 2WD

5. 2014-2016 Nissan Rogue 2.5L 4WD

You can expect to get an estimated 25 mpg city and 31 mpg highway in the 2014, 2015, and 2016 model years of the Nissan Rogue with its 2.5-liter 4WD engine at 170 horsepower.2 The 2014-2016 Nissan Rogue comes in three trim levels (the base S, SV, and SL) — all of which are available with optional four-wheel drive as an upgrade.

Opt for the 2016 base S trim with four-wheel drive and you’ll enjoy these standard features:

  • remote keyless entry
  • rearview/back-up camera
  • four-speaker sound system

There are also several add-on packages available. This includes the Appearance package, which adds features like rear privacy glass and chrome exterior accents. Regardless of the trim you select, you’ll enjoy 70 cubic feet of maximum storage capacity.

4. 2017 Nissan Rogue 2.5L 4WD

With the 2017 Nissan Rogue’s 2.5-liter, 4WD engine, you’ll achieve an estimated 25 mpg city and 32 mpg highway.2 In addition to impressive fuel economy, this newer version of the Rogue offers some nice extra features compared to its predecessors — even in its base S trim. Some of these features and updates include:

  • an innovative cargo storage system
  • Bluetooth® connectivity
  • added sound insulation

Just like in previous model years, the 2017 Rogue is available with 4WD on all trim levels, so there’s no need to upgrade trims for this feature alone. Many of the same package add-ons are also available for easy customization, and drivers and passengers alike will enjoy the unique “zero gravity” seating throughout for added comfort. Storage space remains unchanged for this model year at 70 cubic feet with rear seats folded down.

3. Tie – 2015 Honda CR-V 4WD & 2015-2016 Nissan Rogue 2.5L 2WD

For the 2015 model year, the Honda CR-V saw a welcome refresh that included improved fuel economy. Specifically, drivers of this vehicle can expect to get an estimated 26 mpg city and 32 mpg highway in the base LX trim with 2.4-liter engine and four-wheel drive.2 Keep in mind that while a 4WD upgrade is available on all four trim levels, it is a feature you’ll pay a little extra for.

From a space standpoint, the 2015 CR-V competes with the Nissan Rogue, offering nearly 71 maximum cubic feet of storage. Even in its base trim, it also comes with some well-appointed features, such as:

  • full power accessories
  • a rearview/back-up camera
  • internet radio connectivity

Compare this to the 2015-2016 Nissan Rogue 2.5L 2WD, which also gets an estimated 26 mpg city and 32 mpg highway.2

2. Tie – 2017 Nissan Rogue 2.5L 2WD & 2015 Mazda CX-5 2.5L 2WD

We have another tie! Both the 2017 Nissan Rogue with 2.5-liter engine/front-wheel drive and the 2015 Mazda CX-5 with 2.5-liter engine and front-wheel drive achieve an estimated 26 mpg city and 33 mpg highway.2 So, it will likely come down to the available features, cargo space, and other options you’re looking for when determining which is the better choice for you. Perhaps because of its more recent model year, you might favor the 2017 Rogue over the 2015 CX-5 if you’re looking at standard features alone. However, you might fancy the base Sport trim of the CX-5, which includes:

  • a touchscreen interface
  • voice control system
  • SMS text-reading

Take a look at available cargo space in these vehicles, however, and you’ll find that the 2017 Rogue offers 70 maximum cubic feet versus the CX-5’s maximum of 65 cubic feet. If you’ll primarily be using the second row of seats to transport passengers, you may not notice the difference as much as you would if you’re constantly needing to haul larger items around in your trunk.

1. 2015 Honda CR-V 2.4L 2WD

Topping our list of best compact SUVs with great gas mileage is the 2015 Honda CR-V base trim with 2.4-liter, front-wheel drive engine. This vehicle gets an estimated 27 mpg city and 33 mpg highway, and comes in four trim levels (LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring).2 The base LX trim comes with some nice features such as a telescoping steering wheel that controls the stereo system, eight cupholders for front and back-seat passengers, and Bluetooth capability. If you want to take it up a notch, the Touring trim offers:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • adaptive cruise control
  • navigation system
  • power tailgate

When fuel economy is a priority, these small SUVs with the best gas mileage are a wonderful starting point. Here are more CarMax articles to help you in your vehicle search:

  • Best Small and Compact SUVs
  • Best SUVs
  • Best Used Cars

1To rank these vehicles, we first used city fuel economy estimates from and then considered highway fuel economy estimates.
2Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See for details.
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Used Cars with the Best Fuel Economy

Plenty of buyers still look at fuel efficiency when shopping for a car. Whether it be a preventive measure for roller coaster-like gas prices, to save money or to be kinder to the environment, gas mileage is an important factor.
Buying a fuel-efficient car doesn’t have to be expensive, though, even if you’re looking for the latest gas-electric hybrid or turbodiesel technology. Here are five picks to keep an eye on if you’re in the market.

The fuel-economy champ here is also a well-rounded car available at a low price. The Toyota Prius makes so much sense because it’s not just a hybrid, but an immensely practical car.

First, the Prius is able to post fuel economy into the 40 and 50 mpg range because of its small four-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor. That efficiency has made the Prius by far the most popular hybrid, and prices start well under the $10,000 mark for used models. And reliability for the Prius has historically been pretty impressive, even for the battery components.

Factor in that the Prius is an ideal size for a small family with plenty of cargo flexibility thanks to its hatchback body style, and a Prius could be the way to go if you need a fuel-sipping family mover on a budget.

Volkswagen Jetta TDI

A hybrid isn’t for everyone. Thankfully, Volkswagen offers its efficient 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine in a variety of models. The Volkswagen Jetta is the most popular of them and perhaps the ideal fit for plenty of people who want a vehicle that posts big mpg figures but still drives like a conventional car.

The best part of the Jetta TDI is that it really drives like a normally powered car because it’s free of the heavy batteries and electric motor that burdens hybrids. You can even get it with a six-speed manual transmission, and like the Prius, used Jetta TDI models start at less than $10,000. Additionally, many owners report getting more than 50 mpg on long highway runs.

The Jetta also offers a lot of interior and trunk space. For even more cargo capacity, the Jetta SportWagen TDI boasts more room than some compact crossovers, yet achieves far better fuel economy thanks to the diesel engine.

Honda Civic

Yes, there’s a Honda Civic Hybrid. But for the money, the regular, gas-only Honda Civic is actually a very efficient buy in its own right. The 1.8-liter four-cylinder in 2006 and newer models can easily post 35 mpg on a highway run with the popular five-speed automatic, and you should be able to find one for less than $9,000. What’s more, the Civic is on the roomier side as far as compact sedans go.

Civics are popular and Civics are inexpensive. They’ve also proven reliable. It’s the kind of car you can run well past 100,000 miles with routine maintenance and save your money for things other than cars.

If you’re into other things than cars.

BMW 335d

Buying a fuel-efficient luxury car doesn’t have to mean sacrificing power. The six-cylinder BMW 335d is rated at 36 mpg on the highway, but has gobs of torque to make it feel powerful, strong and effortless.

Best of all, it’s a previous-generation 3-series, which is widely regarded as one of the most complete and satisfying compact luxury sedans you can get. It has good space for four adults, but marries that to great driving dynamics. Used 335d models currently cost around $20,000, and the diesel engine pretty much just adds fuel economy.

They’re rare, for sure, but worth the hunt and the price premium if you want to blast down the highway for hundreds of miles between fill-ups.

Ford Escape Hybrid

If you do need an SUV, it might be worth checking out one of the few hybrids available with all-wheel drive. The Ford Escape Hybrid offers the efficient size with economy more in line with a compact sedan.

Taking a four-cylinder gas engine and an electric motor, the Escape Hybrid acts like a Prius in terms of efficiency, but just like a traditional compact SUV with seating for five and decent cargo space. Crucially for some, however, it is available with all-wheel drive for year-round traction.

Sought after and often with high mileage, a used Ford Escape Hybrid can be had for as little as $9,000. The Escape Hybrid is still a good choice for families who don’t want to make a big carbon footprint, but don’t want their lifestyle to revolve around their car choice.