Measuring Fuel economy is amongst our greater than 50 examinations we carry out on each car we acquire. Our Fuel economy numbers are stemmed from an accuracy flow meter and also are rounded to the nearest mile per gallon (mpg).
CR's general gas mileage is calculated from equivalent parts of city and highway driving.
Listed below, we highlight the leading most fuel-efficient cars based on the overall Fuel economy test results, omitting electrical cars. Total test results can be located by clicking through to the model pages.
Fuel Efficient Cars
In our tests the Prius returned 52 mpg overall, a significant improvement over the previous generation's 44 mpg. On top of that, the brand-new car also handles even more responsively and also flights much more comfortably. Vibrant digital evaluates control the dashboard with bountiful fuel-economy details. The touch-screen infotainment system is fairly straightforward. The practical Prius has constantly been about effectiveness and also reduced running expenses. The car could drive only on electrical, as much as about 25 mph commonly, and also the engine is now quieter when it kicks in. Nevertheless, the seats are instead chintzy, tire noise is obvious, and also cabin accessibility is not as very easy because of the car's reduced position. A plug-in variation, the Prius Prime, could deal with 23 miles on electrical power, and also takes five hours to charge on 120V. Forward-collision caution with automated braking is standard.
MAKE & MODEL: Toyota Prius Three
OVERALL MPG: 52
CITY MPG: 43
HIGHWAY MPG: 59
The Ioniq is the initial straight challenger to the Toyota Prius. Evoking the Prius shape as well as hatchback setup, the Ioniq crossbreed matches it as a fuel sipper with 52 mpg in general. Power comes from a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine which, integrated with the electric drive, produces a combined 139 hp. The six-speed dual-clutch transmission isn't the smoothest as well as there's some hold-up off the line. Like other hybrids it could drive on electrical power at low rates. Taking care of lacks dexterity and the ride is a little bit unsettled however unobjectionable. The SEL includes a power seat for an economical price. A suite of advanced safety and security attributes is offered, consisting of automated braking, smart cruise ship control, and also blind-spot warning with back cross-traffic caution. Android Car and also Apple CarPlay compatibility is common. There are likewise plug-in and also fully electrical variations.
MAKE & MODEL: Hyundai Ioniq
OVERALL MPG: 52
CITY MPG: 42
HIGHWAY MPG: 60
Toyota Prius Prime
The Prime is a plug-in Prius that can usually drive around 23 miles on power only. However, the gas engine tends to launch in winter as well as under full-throttle acceleration. It takes two hrs to bill the Prime through a 240 volt connector, as well as 5 hours on regular 120 volts. When not running in EV mode, the Prime operates just like the regular Prius, alternating in between electric and gas power, returning 50 mpg in general. With a little altered designing than the regular Prius, the Prime is can hold only four travelers, and also it sheds the rear wiper. The infomercial system, with its large touch display, is unintuitive to use. Trip and also handling are fairly much like the regular Prius, with receptive handling as well as a compliant ride. Common security attributes consist of automated emergency braking and lane-keep assist.
MAKE & MODEL: Toyota Prius Prime
OVERALL MPG: 133*/50**
CITY MPG: 38**
HIGHWAY MPG: 62**
Kia's five-passenger Niro weds excellent Fuel economy with freight flexibility. This front-wheel-drive hybrid uses a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine which, in conjunction with the electrical drive device, produces a combined 139 hp. This combo is mated to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. Due to the fact that the lithium-ion battery lies under the rear seat, that produces a flat freight floor when the rear seats are folded up. We got 43 mpg overall, which is good but not comparable to the Hyundai Ioniq or Toyota Prius. The dealing with lacks agility and also the trip is a little bit rough. The optional power chauffeur seat gives better assistance compared to the common seats do. A collection of innovative safety and security attributes is readily available, consisting of automatic emergency braking, smart cruise control, and blind-spot caution with rear cross-traffic caution, but that tends to push the cost to above $30,000.
MAKE & MODEL: Kia Niro EX
OVERALL MPG: 43
CITY MPG: 33
HIGHWAY MPG: 52
Toyota Prius C
This smaller, more economical option to the regular Prius feels like a Spartan subcompact, yet with a hybrid powertrain. In the long run, you pretty much obtain what you pay for, and also it is no alternative to the genuine Prius. The C has a severe flight, a noisy engine, and also slow-moving acceleration. The interior looks and feels low-cost, the driving placement and also back seats are cramped, as well as there's little freight area. Nevertheless, its 37 mpg in city driving makes the Prius C one of the most economical vehicles we've evaluated, as well as its 43 mpg overall is just 1 mpg less than the previous-generation Prius hatchback. Its small measurements make it an all-natural for city driving. Automatic emergency braking is typical. 2018 is the last year for the Prius C.
MAKE & MODEL: Toyota Prius C Two
OVERALL MPG: 43
CITY MPG: 37
HIGHWAY MPG: 48
Swoopy styling as well as contemporary powertrains are highlights of Chevrolet's revamped Malibu. The new car is affordable among midsized cars, with a peaceful cabin and also user friendly controls. In examinations we found the Malibu to be silent, with a comfortable flight and also responsive handling. Two four-cylinder turbo engines are supplied: a 1.5-liter with a six-speed automatic-- which obtained 29 mpg in our examinations-- as well as a much more powerful and also refined 2.0-liter backed by an eight-speed automated. A crossbreed, utilizing some of the Chevrolet Volt's innovation, is also readily available. It obtained an outstanding 41 mpg on the whole in our examinations. Up front is a roomy, comfy cockpit and also an upgraded version of Chevrolet's MyLink infomercial system. Yet the cloth seats are a little bit brief on assistance. The back seat is spacious, so long-legged passengers can stretch out.
MAKE & MODEL: Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid
OVERALL MPG: 41
CITY MPG: 33
HIGHWAY MPG: 49
The Fusion is a delight to drive, with a supple flight and also active handling reminiscent of a European sports car. All trim degrees and powertrains really feel strong and also upscale, with a well-finished as well as silent cabin. We located the optional leather seats to be extra supportive compared to the cloth ones, and the back seat is rather snug. The 1.5- and also 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinders are effective enough, however neither has competitive Fuel economy. A new high-end variation, the Sport, is outfitted with four-wheel drive and a 325-hp, 2.7-liter V6. It is quick, comfy, and silent, yet it sets you back more than $40,000. The Crossbreed and Energi plug-in hybrid were upgraded with more-efficient electric motors. A rotating shift dial and also Ford's improved Sync 3 infotainment system highlight the updates to the inside.
MAKE & MODEL: Ford Fusion Hybrid SE
OVERALL MPG: 39
CITY MPG: 35
HIGHWAY MPG: 41
This affordable car was refreshed for 2018, and also keeps its outstanding rear-seat room, simple cabin access, and straightforward controls. Handling is tight as well as safe, however the trip gets on the strong side as well as not as luxurious as it utilized to be. The base engine is a civil 2.4-liter four-cylinder, combined to a smooth six-speed automated that returns 28 mpg generally in our examinations. A much more powerful 2.0-liter turbo mated to an eight-speed automatic is optional. The Eco uses a 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder combined with a seven-speed computerized manual. Outward presence is a strong point. Blind-spot caution is typical, while forward-collision warning and also automated emergency braking are optional. Plug-in and also hybrid variations are readily available; the latter returned an outstanding 39 mpg generally in our tests. The generous interior produce an extremely positive sedan.
MAKE & MODEL: Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
OVERALL MPG: 39
CITY MPG: 31
HIGHWAY MPG: 46
The latest Camry is now slightly more active, yet keeps its comfortable and silent attitude. The reduced stance makes access a bit harder and also the rear seat has shed some roominess. It provides acquainted engines: a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, that offers ample motivation as well as obtains a remarkable 32 mpg, and also a 3.5-liter V6. Both are paired to a brand-new eight-speed transmission. A super-frugal hybrid LE obtains 47 mpg in general with no sacrifice in velocity or trunk space. Inside upgrades nudge the car upscale, especially the XLE version. The Entune infomercial system is even more capable, however lacks Apple CarPlay or Android Automobile compatibility. Requirement safety tools includes forward-collision warning with automated emergency braking as well as pedestrian discovery, lane-departure caution with lane-keeping aid, as well as adaptive cruise control. Blind-spot warning and also back cross-traffic caution are optional.
MAKE & MODEL: Toyota Camry Hybrid
OVERALL MPG: 38
CITY MPG: 32
HIGHWAY MPG: 43
Based upon the small Focus, the five-passenger C-Max hybrid is a creative, quiet, sizable, and functional hatchback. It trips well as well as manages capably. Regenerative braking helps with Fuel economy yet makes the brake pedal feel sensitive. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder and also electrical motor supply ample velocity and also smooth shifts in between gas as well as electrical power, and the C-Max could run in electrical setting up to around 40 miles per hour. We determined an exceptional 37 mpg on the whole. Ford's user friendly Sync 3 infomercial system is offered. The Energi plug-in variation was dropped for 2018.
MAKE & MODEL: Ford C-Max
OVERALL MPG: 37
CITY MPG: 35
HIGHWAY MPG: 38