Top 10 Most Fuel Efficient Cars

Since gas prices will certainly fluctuate over time, it is important to consider buying a fuel efficient car. Many vehicles today offer impressive fuel economy, with an array of choices that appeal to different drivers. Whether you are looking for a sedan, minivan, or SUV, you will be able to find something that meets your needs and saves you money at the pump. Here is a list of the top ten most fuel efficient vehicles from Car and Driver. (Excluding hybrids and electric cars). 


Chevrolet Cruze – The new aerodynamic shape of the Chevy Cruze allows this compact sedan to hit the 40 mpg mark on the highway. It also has a new 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder engine and lighter curb weight. The LS and LT versions are automatic and top out with 42mpg, while the manual models hit 41 mpg. The Cruze offers a comfortable ride, quiet interior, and roomy trunk. 


Ford Focus SFE – With up to 42 mpg on the highway, the Ford Focus is an excellent option for a compact sedan or hatchback. The European developed chassis gives the Focus a good balance of agility and accuracy, making it enjoyable to drive. The 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine is a bit small for this size vehicle, but it will pay off at the pump.


Hyundai Elantra Eco – Redesigned for 2017, the Hyundai Elantra Eco gets a rating of 40mpg. The Elantra gets a small-displacement turbocharged four-cylinder combined with a seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. Optional safety features include automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assist.


Toyota Corolla LE Eco – The LE Eco uses a fuel-saving technology called Valvematic to boost power output and fuel economy. The results are 42 mpg on the highway, 4 mpg better than the standard Corolla. With modern technology such as adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, and automatic emergency braking, the Corolla LE Eco is an exceptional value. 


Mercedes Benz E-250 – The diesel E-250 is the biggest and most luxurious car on the list that tops out at 42 mpg on the highway. The large 21-gallon tank is a bonus, allowing for hundreds of miles of cruising without refueling. The well-appointed, comfortable cabin features an infotainment system with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. 


Honda Civic – Almost all versions of this favorite car receive 40 mpg on the highway. The Honda Civic is an efficient and practical vehicle with precise steering and excellent handling. The interior is spacious enough for a small car, but taller drivers might feel it's a little tight. 


Honda Fit LX – The Honda Fit is practical and sensible with 41 mpg. The fuel tank is located under the front seats to provide more rear seat room and extra cargo space. With an efficient powertrain and affordable pricing, the Fit is a great car for those on a budget who want a fun, reliable car. 


Mazda 3 – The sedan earns a 41 mpg rating and combines style, dynamics, and value all in one package. With responsive steering and superb handling, drivers will enjoy taking the Mazda 3 out on the open road. Navigation, traffic sign recognition, and heated seats are optional and affordable. 


Dodge Dart Turbo – Premium fuel is recommended in this version of Dodge's most efficient powertrain. The Dart boasts 41 mpg and is uniquely styled. Since it will soon drop from the lineup, you may be able to snatch one up for a steal. The optional infotainment system is intuitively designed and easy to use. 


Nissan Sentra S FE+ – For a minimal cost of $400, you can upgrade the Sentra S to the FE+ and get low-rolling resistance tires, special underbody aerodynamics, and a rear spoiler to top ratings at 40 mpg on the highway. It provides 130 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque. With an affordable starting price, the Nissan Sentra S FE+ is a real contender.

If fuel efficiency is high on your list of must-haves for your next car purchase, our AAA Auto Buying experts can help you find the best options. AAA Talks can provide you with additional information on ways to get better gas mileage and increasing gas mileage performance once you have your new car. Call 1-866-710-6226 to speak with one of our Auto Buying experts today.