Most Fuel Efficient Mid-Size New Cars for 2016

2016 Mazda Mazda6
The 2016 Mazda Mazda6 has a fuel efficiency of 28 mpg city, 40 mpg highway, and 32 mpg combined.

The average price for a gallon of gas is hovering around the $2.04 mark nationwide at the time of publishing this article.

Even with such a cheap price for fuel, new car shoppers are still concerned about fuel economy. There are many new mid-size sedans available for sale that get well over 25 miles per gallon (MPG) combined.

We've done the research for you and found nine of the most fuel efficient new 2016 model mid-sized sedans to help you with your research.

Our friends over at autobytel scoured their data to come up with their picks of the most fuel efficient midsize sedans. You will not find any hybrids on the list. To qualify for the list, the mid-sized sedan must be equipped with a traditional gasoline engine and automatic transmission.

The 2016 Mazda Mazda6 equipped with the brake energy regeneration system and Tech Package is number one on the list. The Mazda6 is equipped with a 184 horsepower, 185 lb.-ft torque SkyActiv 2.5 liter 4-cylinder engine mated up to a automatic transmission. There is an option for a stick shift in some variations of the vehicle. The Mazda6 gets an outstanding 28 mpg city, 40 mpg highway and 32 mpg combined. making it the most fuel efficient vehicle on the list.

The Mazda6 doesn't only get great gas mileage, it's safe too. The vehicle has earned a "Top Safety Pick" rating from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety and a 5-star rating from the federal government. Make sure you add the 2016 Mazda Mazda6 to your shopping list and go take a test drive if you're in the market to buy a new mid-sized sedan.

Coming in at number four on the list is the remodeled 2016 Nissan Altima. Nissan's Altima gets 27 mpg city, 39 mpg highway and an impressive 31 mpg combined. The Altima comes in a couple different trim lines. However, if you want the above results, you will need the Altima 2.5 equipped with the 2.5 liter 4-cylinder engine producing 182 horsepower and 180 lb.-ft torque. The Altima is also rated with the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety's "Top Safety Pick."

Research New Cars Online First

Before buying a new mid-sized sedan, it’s important to know the dealer invoice price and what other people are paying for the same vehicle in your local area. Otherwise, you won’t know what's a good price to pay for the car. Read my detailed guide on buying a new car to guarantee you save the most money and avoid car dealer scams.

As always, I highly recommend using an online referral service such as CarClearanceDeals or CarsDirect, their quotes will automatically include any discounts or cash-back incentives currently available in the marketplace.

Most Fuel Efficient Mid-Size New Cars for 2016

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# Mid-Size Sedan Engine Size Fuel Economy | MPG
1 2016 Mazda Mazda6 SkyActiv 2.5 liter 4-cylinder 28 City | 40 Hwy | 32 Combined
2 2016 Kia Optima 1.6-liter 4-cylinder  28 City | 39 Hwy | 32 Combined
3 2016 Hyundai Sonata 1.6-liter 4-cylinder  28 City | 38 Hwy | 32 Combined
4 2016 Nissan Altima 2.5-liter 4-cylinder 27 City | 39 Hwy | 31 Combined
5 (TIE) 2016 Chevrolet Malibu 1.5-liter 4-cylinder 27 City | 37 Hwy | 31 Combined
5 (TIE) 2016 Honda Accord 2.4-liter 4-cylinder 27 City | 37 Hwy | 31 Combined
7 2016 Subaru Legacy 2.5-liter 4-cylinder 26 City | 36 Hwy | 30 Combined
8 2016 Volkswagen Passat 1.8-liter gasoline 4-cylinder 25 City | 38 Hwy | 29 Combined
9 2016 Ford Fusion 1.5-liter 4-cylinder 25 City | 37 Hwy | 29 Combined