Here's a look at 10 cars that get as much as 40 mpg or more without having to pay extra for a hybrid or EV.
Though U.S. consumers are shifting away from passenger cars and into more accommodating crossover SUVs these days, small and midsize sedans and hatchbacks remain the most cost-efficient modes of transport. Fuel economy ratings among the most frugal models approach gas/electric hybrid-powered models, but without the added cost and complexity.
For those who either want to save some money at the pump, or to drive one of the “greenest” conventionally powered rides on the road, we’ve compiled the accompanying slideshow of the 10 most fuel-frugal conventionally powered cars sold in the U.S. for 2018. Eight of the 10 top fuel sippers deliver at or over 40 mpg on the highway. The leader in this regard is the subcompact Mitsubishi Mirage that’s estimated to deliver as much as 37/43-mpg city/highway. The three-cylinder-powered Mirage may not win any drag races, but the EPA says it will cost an owner just $1,000 to run for an annual 15,000 miles at current average fuel costs, which is around $2,000 cheaper to keep the tank filled over a five-year ownership period than in the average new car.
We’re highlighting the best EPA-supplied fuel economy estimates for each listed model, but be aware that these ratings will often vary from one version to another within a given model line, generally based on its engine/transmission combination, and that this is not always the base model. For example, the compact Toyota Corolla is rated at 27/35-mpg in the base SE model, but is estimated to achieve 30/40-mpg in the slightly costlier LE Eco version with a specially tuned version of the car’s 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and other mileage-minded enhancements. (All prices quoted in the slideshow are for base models and include the automaker’s mandatory destination charge.)
As always, be sure to check the EPA’s website for fuel economy ratings and other related information for all current and past car and truck lines.