Cars With Great Fuel Economy
Are you fed up with increasingly expensive fuel prices? Edmunds put together a list of some of the most fuel efficient cars on the road today, that people love to drive. Here they are, not based on EPA numbers, but on the real-world experiences of owners.
For twelve straight years, the Toyota Camry has been the best selling car in America. It’s hybrid version, the Toyota Camry Hybrid is also loved, probably the best-selling hybrid in that country as well. While it’s not quite as fuel efficient as it’s Prius cousin, this mid-sized car still gets 41 miles to the gallon combined, and is more popular.
For those looking for something a little less ordinary, the Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid is priced similarly to the Camry Hybrid, and gets 45 miles to the gallon combined.
Also in the mid-size segment, the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid gets an impressive 47 miles per gallon combined, but you’ll pay about $7,000 more than the base gasoline model.
Looking for something a little more upscale? Consider the Mercedes-Benz GLK 250 BlueTec. This SUV gets 28 mpg combined, thanks to it’s diesel four-cylinder engine.
Volkswagen made the list with two additional entries, both diesels. The compact Volkswagen Golf TDI is still fairly roomy, and gets 34 miles per gallon combined. It’s relatively cheap too, starting at less than $22,000. The Volkswagen Passat TDI, gets slightly better fuel economy with 35 mpg and is both a little bigger, and more popular.
Care more about fuel economy numbers than styling? The plug-in Ford Focus Electric can go 76 miles on a full charge and is at the top of it’s class for fuel economy among compact cars.
Also in the plug-in segment, the Nissan Leaf has a range of 84 miles is bigger than the Focus, and gets even better mileage. It too, is the most fuel efficient in it’s class.
While the Chevy Volt isn’t perfect, it brings electric cars into the affordable range. Price drops and incentives are plenty, making it accessible to those who don’t want to pay the extra upfront cost of a hybrid or electric. The Volt can travel up to 38 miles before switching over to gasoline.
The pioneer of fuel efficient cars, the Prius, is still unbeatable, getting 50 miles per gallon combined, but not everyone wants to be seen in a Prius. If you can stomach it’s golf cart level of excitement, you’ll definitely save in the long run.
The most popular fuel efficient car chosen by those polled is the Ford Fusion Hybrid. It successfully combines fuel efficiency, comfort and styling, It gets 42 miles per gallon, comparable to the Camry, but it’s less expensive and boasts more curb appeal.
By Linda Aylesworth – car-news.ca