Gas prices only seem to go up and finding a car with excellent fuel efficiency is more critical than ever. We’ve rounded up ten of the best mpg cars around, ranging from hybrids to gasoline engines to (surprise) a sports car!

How We Chose Our Ratings

Honesty and accuracy are vitally important to us, so we’ve made sure to include expert reviews, customer testimonials, and the latest and most precise data on mileage and fuel efficiency in our rating system below. If we felt the vehicle was worthy of five stars, we made sure to note it, as you’ll see below.

Top 10 Best Mpg Cars

Here are our top picks for the best mpg cars today’s market has to offer!

Toyota is a near constant in any list of best mpg cars, and we’re topping our list with the Camry Hybrid LE, which gets an impressive 53 highway mpg when tested by the EPA. This is in part thanks to the LE’s tires, which are more narrow than some of the Camry’s other trims, as well as a lithium-ion battery, instead of the heavier nickel-metal-hydride pack used by Camry for their other hybrids.

 The tires and battery weren’t the only things redesigned for 2018 in this model and trim; in fact, the entire Camry Hybrid got a redesign this season. While it also comes in XLE and SE trims, the LE is the most efficient.

 Drivers will be impressed by the gasoline engine’s horsepower; at over 200, it’s one of the most impressive hybrid outputs.

 Since the Camry’s non-hybrid models put up very impressive mpg numbers in their own right (in the high 30s), the Hybrid is strictly for car owners who want to eke every possible mile per gallon from its vehicle, without completing ditching the gasoline engine. Plus, you’re getting Toyota’s reputation for reliability, resale value, and drivability, making it an all-around favorite! 

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No list of best mpg cars is complete without the Chevrolet Volt, one of the earliest players in the plug-in hybrid model. And thanks to Chevy’s careful redesigns over the year, the Volt now looks more like your average four-car sedan, instead of the eco-car it’s been known for.

 The car will go 53 miles on its battery before switching to gasoline, which is great when compared to other similar vehicles.  It takes as long as 13 hours to charge but gets 106 mpg-e, which is substantial.

 We also love the Volt because it’s fun to drive and performs perfectly (literally--it gets a 10 out of 10) on its safety tests. It is a small sedan (the backseat bench seats three, technically, but the middle seat is extremely small), however, so if you’re trying to pack in lots of commuters (or kids or dogs), you might have some trouble.

Otherwise, the Chevrolet Volt is an economical choice that you’ll enjoy for quite some time!

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You might be surprised to realize that the Kia Niro is a gasoline hybrid since it is also a subcompact SUV. The Niro has the added distinction of being exceptionally affordable (under $25,000 in the FE trim) as well as getting as much as 52 mpg on the highway.

 An all-around a powerful option that belongs on our list of best mpg cars, this sporty trim from Kia comes with loads of fun extras, like rear-traffic alert (goodbye, blind spots!) and the UVO infotainment system that is a breeze to use, thanks to its 7-inch touchscreen.

 The Niro’s engine gets 139hp, which makes it a solidly fun vehicle to drive and helps propel its roomy interior. You’ll appreciate the Niro’s safety features, such as lane-departure warning and adaptive cruise control.

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Want a vehicle that’s an absolute joy to drive and gets phenomenal fuel efficiency? You need to check out the Mazda 3! One of two Mazdas one our best mpg cars list, the 3 is a four-door compact vehicle with a 2.5-liter or 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Somehow, it manages to be sporty and fun while also delivering 184hp.

The Mazda 3 is close to $20,000 but offers enough options and upgrades to make anyone happy. 38 highway mpg, a hatchback or sedan option, and available navigation upgrades, heated seats, and traffic-sign recognition are huge bonuses.

Car reviewers especially boast about the Mazda 3’s handling, even on twisty, windy roads, proving you don’t have to forgo a great driving experience to get top-notch fuel efficiency. Similar models from Honda and Chevrolet get slightly better mileage on the highway, but you can’t beat the Mazda 3’s personality. 

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Want a vehicle that’s an absolute joy to drive and gets phenomenal fuel efficiency? You need to check out the Mazda 3! One of two Mazdas one our best mpg cars list, the 3 is a four-door compact vehicle with a 2.5-liter or 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Somehow, it manages to be sporty and fun while also delivering 184hp.

 The Mazda 3 is close to $20,000 but offers enough options and upgrades to make anyone happy. 38 highway mpg, a hatchback or sedan option, and available navigation upgrades, heated seats, and traffic-sign recognition are huge bonuses.

 Car reviewers especially boast about the Mazda 3’s handling, even on twisty, windy roads, proving you don’t have to forgo a great driving experience to get top-notch fuel efficiency. Similar models from Honda and Chevrolet get slightly better mileage on the highway, but you can’t beat the Mazda 3’s personality. 

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Another hybrid option (this one from Hyundai), the Sonata gets 46 mpg on the highway when its battery switches to gasoline and Hyundai states that won’t take place till about the 27-mile mark. Until then, the battery can be recharged in under three hours on a Level 2 charger.

 The Sonata Hybrid produces 202hp, which is quite impressive for a hybrid (especially a four-door sedan). It is a new design for 2018 and 2019, with brand new grills, a bumper reshape and rearranged lighting. The hybrid also gets a suspension that is a bit stiffer, as well as power steering that has been retuned.

 One thing we especially appreciate about the Sonatas are their focus on safety; drivers will appreciate features such as lane-change assist, blind-spot detection, and cross-traffic alerts that come standard. Hyundai’s also added tech updates like a hands-free trunk release, USB ports in the rear, and Qi wireless charging capabilities.   

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Just like the Mazda 3, what stands out about the 6--in addition to its great gas mileage, of course--is how fun it is to drive! Mazda has spent the last decade or two reinventing itself as the fun counterpoint to the boring ‘ol Hondas and Toyotas, and it shows.

 This mid-size sedan is has a top speed of 149mph and gets 227hp. Combined with a racy exterior, a suspension that’s precision-tuned, and a cabin built around the driver and you get one fantastic ride!

 You do sacrifice a bit of gas mileage. At 35 mpg highway, the 6 doesn’t get quite the same fuel efficiency as some of the other best mpg cars on this list but that’s not saying much. 35 mpg is quite respectable. Additionally, when you partner all the above details with a price tag that’s well under $25,000, you realize the Mazda 6 is something of a no-brainer.  

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This isn’t our favorite driving experience on the list (that’s why we knocked it half a star), but you can’t argue with the Mitsubishi Mirage’s gas mileage: a whopping 43 mpg on the highway. It’s available thanks to the three-cylinder engine, nearly unheard of in the four-door market, and you’ll pay for it with just 78hp.

 However, at a base price of well under $15,000, and a combined mpg of 39, the base hatchback model will get you some serious fuel-saving economy. This won’t touch a Honda or a Toyota regarding reliability or resale value, and it won’t be near as fun to drive as a Mazda or luxury car, but you’re getting exactly what you pay for here: excellent mileage on every gallon of gas.

 

With gas pricing always on the rise, this can’t be a bad thing.  

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Buyer’s Guide

The first thing you should decide is whether you’d prefer a gasoline engine, an electric engine, or a battery-operated engine. There are entire blogs, books, and videos devoted to the pros and cons of each, but it boils down to which will suit your lifestyle better.

Gasoline engines, for example, can drive for hundreds of miles without needing a refuel, and gas stations are everywhere. They are also relatively easy to work on and fix, especially if you’re the DIY type.

Electric engines are not easy to work on and fix, and extensive planning is required to make sure you have the energy infrastructure to support your lifestyle. In fact; they’re often best suited to families that have short commutes and plugs available wherever they go.

Hybrids offer just that--a hybrid experience that helps people ease their way into a world free of gasoline. However, energy prices can be high and you still must pay for gas--hybrid engines might not be worth the extra upfront cost. 

Budget, Budget, Budget

Whichever type of engine you decide on, now it’s time to look at your budget and make a list of what’s most important to you in a vehicle. Do you need a great driving experience that’s fun and gets lots of horsepowers? Would you prefer something that has tons of space for kids, dogs, or luggage?

If you’re somebody who prefers the latest in tech inside your cabin, make sure you note that, too. The idea is to have a firm plan in mind before you go the dealership, so you’re not dazzled into making a choice you’ll regret later!

Whether you’re picking the Mazda 6 for its driveability or the Honda Fit for its reliability, the important thing is to choose a car from our best mpg cars list that suits you and your preferences. Happy driving!

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