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Top 10 Most Fuel-Efficient New Cars

Top 10 Most Fuel-Efficient New Cars

There are lots of different ways to save gas, like changing the way you drive and walking or biking for all commutes under two miles.

But according to Consumer Reports, the best way to save gas is to drive a vehicle that sips rather than guzzles.

The search for the most fuel-efficient car isn’t a new one; car manufacturers have had the ability to produce vehicles with superior fuel economy for decades. Unfortunately, lack of consumer demand and what seemed like plenty of gas and oil to go around caused them to shelve many of these fuel-efficient technologies.

With the recent hike in gas prices, consumers are crying out for more fuel-efficient cars, and the manufactures are finally listening. Here are the top 10 most fuel-efficient cars currently sold, according to Consumer Reports. (Note: fully-electric cars and other alternative fuel vehicles are not included).

MPGs listed are City/Highway

1. Toyota Prius IV: 32/55

2. SmartForTwo Passion: 30/44

3. Honda Insight EX 29/45

4. Volkswagen Golf TDI (MT) 27/49

5. Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI (MT) 25/49

6. Honda CR-Z EX (MT) 26/45

7. Toyota Camry Hybrid 28/41

8. Scion xD (MT) 25/40

9. Ford Fusion Hybrid 25/40

10. Mazda 2 Sport (MT) 25/40

Fuel economy numbers come from Consumer Reports‘ measurements using a precision flow meter and are rounded to the nearest mile per gallon (mpg).

For a complete list of all 18 of the most fuel-efficient cars on the market, and to see overall mileage and 150-mile trip rankings, please read the full article.

Do you drive one of these efficient cars? Tell us about it!

Also Check Out:
The 100-Year Search For A Fuel-Efficient Vehicle
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Do Rising Gas Prices Equal Greener Driving?

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8:05AM PST on Feb 8, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

1:43PM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

Thanks for posting - now if I could only afford one!

9:00AM PST on Feb 19, 2012

Too late, I've already invested in a bicycle - though I might consider a 49cc moped or bicycle booster engine. 80 MPG or better sounds great to me.

8:06AM PST on Feb 19, 2012

Thanks--I'm researching this for my next car..........

5:18PM PST on Feb 18, 2012

Good to know but I'm thinking that my 1999 daewoo is going to be my last car, can't afford a new one.

4:19AM PST on Jan 17, 2012

Thanks for the article.

6:45PM PDT on Oct 30, 2011

~Very interesting list~All cars are on the pricey side!~Maybe one day they all will be affordble!!~

9:00AM PDT on Oct 30, 2011

Thank you

7:48PM PDT on Oct 29, 2011

thanks for the info

12:08PM PDT on Jun 12, 2011

Susie B. What made you think I "don't understand" that low income folks can't afford the newer, more efficient cars? That goes without saying! My point is that had the Big SUV's always been made as fuel efficient as they are beginning to make them now, the high income folks would have bought them, so claiming there was no demand for fuel efficients cars is baloney.And so what if people like 'frills' , Just make the car fuel efficient. What's so hard to comprehend about that?

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