Consumer Reports' 10 Best Deals on Fuel-Efficient Cars and SUVs Right Now
A Dodge Viper and a Ford F-150 Raptor R are both fun to drive in their own way, but neither one is what someone would call fuel-efficient. If you’ve got a lot of driving to do, you’re probably going to want to buy something that does better than the Raptor R’s EPA-rated 12 mpg combined. You’ll probably be giving up some of your driving enjoyment in the process, but that’s just life sometimes.
Recently, Consumer Reports decided to figure out which fuel-efficient vehicles are the best deals right now in various segments. But the news isn’t great. If you want a well-reviewed car that doesn’t burn a lot of gas, you reportedly won’t be able to find any of those cars below MSRP. Compared to the competition, though, these 10 vehicles are as good as the deals get right now.
Lexus ES Hybrid
The Lexus ES 300h is CR’s top pick for midsized luxury cars and gets an EPA-rated 43 mpg city and 44 mpg highway with a combined rating of 44 mpg. Its average transaction price of $43,758 is $1,118 over MSRP.
The Lexus UX is CR’s third pick for entry-level luxury crossovers. If you go with the front-wheel-drive version, the Lexus UX 250h is EPA-rated at 43 mpg city, 41 mpg highway and 42 mpg combined. And its average transaction price is $37,970, which is $1,230 over MSRP.
The Acura Integra is CR’s number-one choice for entry-level luxury sedans. According to the EPA, the Acura Integra gets as high as 30 mpg city, 37 mpg highway and 33 mpg combined. And with an average transaction price of $34,444, the Integra is selling for $1,144 over sticker.
Toyota Camry Hybrid
The Toyota Camry Hybrid is CR’s top pick for midsize sedans. Opt for the Camry Hybrid LE, and you’ll get a car that’s EPA rated at 51 mpg city, 53 mpg highway and 52 mpg combined. And with an average transaction price of $29,361, it’s currently selling for $1,006 over MSRP.
Toyota Highlander Hybrid
The Toyota Highlander Hybrid is CR’s second choice among three-row midsize crossovers. In front-wheel-drive form, the Highlander Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 36 mpg city, 35 mpg highway and 36 mpg combined. Its current average transaction price is $46,547, which is $1,727 more than sticker.
Hyundai Tucson Hybrid
The Hyundai Tucson Hybrid is currently CR’s third choice among compact crossovers. And yet, it’s rated by the EPA at 37 mpg city, 36 mpg highway and 37 mpg combined. Its average transaction price of $36,013 is $1,703 over MSRP.
Hyundai Ioniq 5
Consumer Reports says the Hyundai Ioniq 5 ranks ninth among compact luxury crossovers. It’s also an electric vehicle, so it doesn’t use gas, but the EPA rates the long-range version at 132 MPGe city, 98 MPGe city and 114 MPGe combined. With an average transaction price of $53,821, it’s currently selling for an average of $2,871 over sticker.
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid (not to be confused with the plug-in RAV4 Prime) is currently CR’s eighth choice among compact crossovers. But it’s EPA-rated at 41 mpg city, 38 mpg highway and 40 mpg combined. It’s currently selling at an average price of $34,096, up $1,861 over MSRP.
Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid
The Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid is CR’s number-one choice for a midsize crossover. And it’s rated by the EPA at 33 mpg city, 30 mpg highway and 32 mpg combined. Its average transaction price is $42,127, which is $2,357 more than MSRP.
Toyota Corolla Hybrid
Among compact sedans, the Toyota Corolla Hybrid is CR’s top pick. In front-wheel-drive form, the Corolla Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 53 mpg city, 46 mpg highway and 50 mpg combined. It’s also the least expensive vehicle on this list with an average transaction price of $22,870, $1,320 more than MSRP.
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