At the time of this article, the national average price for a gallon of gas is $2.11. Fuel prices have been rising over the past few months because of declining refinery production, rising oil costs, and record-high fuel demand.
One of the main factors new car shoppers look for when buying a new vehicle is its fuel efficiency.
Even while fuel prices are low, buying a vehicle that gets great gas mileage is a smart investment. It not only helps save the planet’s vital resources, it helps on your pocket book over the vehicle’s lifetime as well.
Consumer Reports does its own fuel efficiency studies when testing a vehicle instead of depending on manufacturer claims or figures provided by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or sometimes USEPA) state. You can see the fuel economy for all the vehicles Consumer Reports has tested on their best and worst fuel economy list here. The vehicles on the list below are the most fuel efficient cars, trucks, and SUVs across the top ten most popular categories.
Even though tests are conducted under as close to real-world conditions, fuel economy can vary greatly depending on the driving habits of the operator of the vehicle.
One of the nicest sport utility vehicles on the list is the Lexus Lexus RX 450h. Its equipped with a 3.5 liter V6 connected to a new eight-speed automatic transmission. It delivers an impressive 22 miles per gallon overall. Equip the RX with the 450h hybrid and bump your overall gas mileage to 29. This is the same fuel economy as its smaller sister the Lexus NX. If you’re in the market for a luxury SUV that gets great gas mileage. Make sure you at least test drive the Lexus RX 450h.
Check out all the most fuel-efficient new cars, SUVs, and trucks on the list below.
Research New Cars Online Before Visiting a Car Dealership
Before buying a new car, 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 any car.
Learn how to negotiate with car dealers online before visiting a car dealership to guarantee you pay the best new car price and avoid car dealer scams when buying your next new car.
As always, I highly recommend using an online referral service such as Ryde Shopper or Motor Trend, their quotes will automatically include any discounts or cash-back incentives currently available in the marketplace.
Top 10 Most Fuel Efficient New Cars By Category for 2016
|#||Category||Make and Model||City / Highway MPG||Overall MPG|
|1||Hatchback||BMW i3||135 MPGe 141 MPGe||139 MPGe|
|2||Subcompact||Mitsubishi Mirage||28 / 47||37|
|3||Compact||Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid||29 / 45||37|
|4||Sporty||Mazda MX-5 Miata||25 / 42||34|
|5||Mid-Sized||Ford Fusion Hybrid||35 / 41||39|
|6||Upscale/Luxury||Tesla Model SP85D||64 MPGe / 110 MPGe||87 MPGe|
|7||Wagons||Toyota Prius V||33 / 47||41|
|8||Luxury Small SUVs||Lexus NX 300h||23 34||29|
|9||Mid-Size/Large SUVs||Lexus RX 450h||24 / 33||29|
|10||Minivan||Honda Odyssey||13 / 31||21|
|BONUS||Pickup Trucks||Ram 1500 Diesel||14 / 27||20|
Source: Consumer Reports