Looking for a new car that uses a minimal amount of fuel? According to the EPA, these are the most fuel-efficient 2014 models on the market:
9. Tie: Ford Fusion Energi, Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid
8. Chevrolet Volt
7. Toyota RAV4 EV
6. Ford Focus Electric
4. Tie: smart fortwo cabriolet EV, smart fortwo coupe EV
3. Fiat 500e
2. Honda Fit EV
1. Chevrolet Spark EV
That makes America’s most fuel-efficient vehicle the Spark EV at 128 MPGe City and 109 MPGe Highway. Although the Fusion Energi and Prius Plug-in are in last place, they still manage a combined average of 58 MPG, making them as fuel-efficient as a small motorcycle while providing enough space to serve as family cars.
Wait a sec…How do I buy one of these?
There’s a small problem with this list: Although these are the most efficient vehicles, the majority of them are only for sale in limited numbers in the state of California thanks to their ZEV fleet mandate. This is a shame as some of these cars are as entertaining as they are green: The Fiat 500e’s motor recently snagged a spot on Ward’s 10 Best Engines list thanks to improving the 500’s performance over the internal combustion version.
Don’t live in California? Here are the most efficient cars you can buy anywhere in America:
7. Tie: Honda Insight, Lexus CT 200h, Toyota Prius V, Toyota Camry Hybrid LE
5. Tie: Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
3. Tie: Ford Fusion Hybrid, Honda Accord Hybrid
2. Toyota Prius
1. Chevy Volt
The EPA factors in the Volt’s electric range to come up with an averaged 63 MPGe City / 61 MPGe Highway. Gas-only fuel economy is only 35 MPG City / 40 MPG Highway, but the internal combustion engine won’t need to fire up on most commutes. The Prius and Jetta are the most fuel-efficient on long trips thanks to their 48 MPG Highway rating.
Don’t want a hybrid? Mitsubishi’s new Mirage comes in just behind 10th place with 37 MPG City / 44 MPG Highway when equipped with a CVT. Need something bigger? The Lexus ES 300h and Toyota Avalon Hybrid get 40 MPG City / 39 MPG Highway. If this list was for vehicles that didn’t need to be plugged into a socket, these three cars would have tied for last place.
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