Fuel efficiency is, or should be, one of the main concerns for anyone looking at buying a new or used car, truck, van or other vehicle. More than oil, tune-ups and repairs, gasoline will probably be the one thing that you spend the most money on over the life of your vehicle. Therefore, it only makes sense to look for vehicles that gave the greatest fuel efficiency, and will give owners the best value for every fuel dollar they spend. While we will happily leave some room for debate, these are the ten best fuel efficient cars on the market today, according to us.
Chevrolet Cruze Eco
This sporty sedan features a whopping 42 MPG highway rating, as well as a still impressive 28 MPG when faced with city driving conditions. It’s one of the only cars on our list which runs exclusively on gasoline, and with a MSRP set below $20,000, it’s also one of the most fuel efficient cars for the price. There are few gasoline-only cars that can compare to the Cruze Eco in terms of fuel efficiency.
The 2016 Nissan Leaf is difficult to beat when talking about fuel economy. This electric car may not have the raw power or performance of more muscular cars which use gasoline alone, but with a combined 114 MPG, the Leaf is one of the most fuel efficient cars on the market today. Granted, it is a bit on the small side, but that just means the drivetrain needs to work less to propel the vehicle and its occupant.
Kia Optima Hybrid
If your car isn’t all gasoline or all electric, the odds are good it’s a hybrid of some sort, like the Kia Optima Hybrid. This vehicle marries the technology of the past to the technology of the future, and it gives owners a decent 38 MPG average when you add together city and highway fuel ratings and divide by two. The 10-year warranty when buying direct from the manufacturer is also a nice selling point.
Ford C-Max Hybrid
The 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid is the second hybrid vehicle on our list, but it gets slightly better mileage than the last hybrid, with around 40 MPG combined city/highway mileage ratings. And, in spite of the vehicle’s smallish 4 cylinder engine, it comes with more storage space and cargo room inside than most of the other vehicles on this list, giving much more than most consumers expect to get for $25,000.