Cars, SUVs, and Trucks With the Best Fuel Economy

·9 min read

These mpg figures are based on CR's extensive fuel-economy tests

By Consumer Reports

Fuel economy is a key factor in the operating costs for vehicles. A small difference in the overall miles-per-gallon rating can add up to big bucks over years of ownership.

CR conducts extensive fuel-economy tests on every model we purchase to make sure our members have the essential data needed to make informed purchase decisions.

The lists below highlight the vehicles by category that got the best fuel economy in Consumer Reports’ latest tests.

Rather than display every tested vehicle here, we have selected miles-per-gallon cutoffs that are relative to each category. For example, a vehicle that gets 21 mpg wouldn’t be a standout among wagons, but it would be among the highest in the midsized SUV or minivan category.

Click through to each model overview page to find out how the vehicles rate in our road tests, reliability, safety, and more.

Best Fuel Economy by Car Type

Most Fuel-Efficient Hatchbacks

Rank

Make & Model

Overall mpg

City mpg

Highway mpg

1

Toyota Prius Prime

1331/502

382

622

2

Tesla Model 3 Long Range

1301

1361

1231

3

Hyundai Kona Electric Limited

1201

1321

1081

4

Chevrolet Bolt 2LT

1201

1311

1091

5

Chevrolet Bolt EUV Premier

1151

1241

1051

6

Kia Niro Electric EX Premium

1121

1231

1021

7

Nissan Leaf SL Plus

1041

1141

941

8

Honda Insight EX

54

44

62

9

Toyota Prius Three

52

43

59

10

Hyundai Ioniq SE

52

40

63

11

Kia Niro EX

43

33

52

Overall mpg = 38 or higher

  1. Miles-per-gallon equivalent (MPGe).

  2. Miles per gallon while running on gas engine.

Most Fuel-Efficient Subcompact Cars

Rank

Make & Model

Overall mpg

City mpg

Highway mpg

1

Mitsubishi Mirage ES

37

28

47

2

Chevrolet Spark LT

33

23

44

3

Kia Rio S

33

22

48

4

Hyundai Accent SEL

33

22

47

5

Nissan Versa SV sedan

32

22

45

Overall mpg = 31 or higher

Most Fuel-Efficient Compact Cars

Overall mpg = 30 or higher

Most Fuel-Efficient Roadsters/Sports Cars

Rank

Make & Model

Overall mpg

City mpg

Highway mpg

1

Mazda MX-5 Miata Club

34

25

42

2

Honda Civic Si

32

21

44

3

BMW 230i

31

21

45

4

Mini Cooper S

30

23

38

5

BMW Z4 sDrive30

29

20

40

6

Volkswagen GTI

28

19

39

Overall mpg = 28 or higher (tested with manual transmission, unless otherwise noted)

Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized Cars

Overall mpg = 26 or higher

Most Fuel-Efficient Large Cars

Rank

Make & Model

Overall mpg

City mpg

Highway mpg

1

Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE

42

32

52

2

Nissan Maxima

25

17

36

Overall mpg = 24 or higher

Most Fuel-Efficient Upscale/Luxury Cars

Overall mpg = 25 or higher

  1. Miles-per-gallon equivalent (MPGe).

  2. Miles per gallon while running on gas engine.

Most Fuel-Efficient Wagons and Hatchbacks

Rank

Make & Model

Overall mpg

City mpg

Highway mpg

1

Nissan Kicks SV

32

24

40

2

Hyundai Venue SEL

32

23

41

3

Toyota C-HR XLE

29

19

42

4

Kia Soul EX

28

21

35

5

Hyundai Elantra GT

28

19

38

Overall mpg = 25 or higher

Most Fuel-Efficient Small SUVs

Overall mpg = 25 or higher

  1. Miles-per-gallon equivalent (MPGe).

  2. Miles per gallon while running on gas engine.

Most Fuel-Efficient Midsized/Large SUVs

Overall mpg = 21 or higher

  1. Miles-per-gallon equivalent (MPGe).

  2. Miles per gallon while running on gas engine.

Most Fuel-Efficient Minivans

Rank

Make & Model

Overall mpg

City mpg

Highway mpg

1

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

841/272

841/212

841/322

2

Toyota Sienna XLE

36

28

43

3

Honda Odyssey EX-L

22

14

33

4

Chrysler Pacifica Touring-L

21

13

33

5

Kia Carnival EX

21

13

32

Overall mpg = 19 or higher

  1. Miles-per-gallon equivalent (MPGe).

  2. Miles per gallon while running on gas engine.

Most Fuel-Efficient Pickups

Overall mpg = 16 or higher

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