Top 10 Fuel Efficient Vehicles

Automotive Research Center

The Automobile Club of Southern California’s Automotive Research Center (ARC) compiles an annual Green Car Guide, including evaluations of most of the “green” models (hybrids, electric vehicles, alternative-fueled vehicles, PZEVs, and conventional vehicles with class-leading fuel efficiency) available at the time of publication.

With concerns for the environment and alternative fuel growing, considerable interest has been placed on the fuel efficiency of modern automobiles. Based on ARC testing, the top 10 vehicles with the highest EPA combined miles per gallon (mpg) or mile per gallon equivalent (mpge) are:

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Vehicle Fuel Economy
1. 2014 BMW i3 124 mpge
2. 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV 2LT 119 mpge
3. 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf SEL Premium 116 mpge
4. 2015 Fiat 500e 115 mpge
5. 2016 Nissan Leaf SL 112 mpge
6. 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV ES 112 mpge
7. 2013 smart electric drive 107 mpge
8. 2015 Kia Soul EV + 105 mpge
9. 2014 Ford Focus Electric 105 mpge
10. 2015 Tesla Model S 70D 101 mpge

The vehicles listed above have ratings provided in miles per gallon equivalent, as they are all electrics and do not run on any gasoline. Miles per gallon equivalent, or mpge, is defined as the estimated number of miles a vehicle can go on the quantity of fuel with the same energy content as a gallon of gas. Excluding pure EVs and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, the following are the top 10 most fuel efficient vehicles that were tested for the 2016 AAA Green Car Guide.

Vehicle Fuel Economy
1. 2016 Toyota Prius Two Eco 56 mpg
2. 2014 Toyota Prius c Three 50 mpg
3. 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid SEL Premium 45 mpg
4. 2014 Lexus CT 200h 42 mpg
5. 2014 Toyota Prius v Three 42 mpg
6. 2016 Chevrolet Volt Premier 42 mpg
7. 2016 Ford Fusion S Hybrid 42 mpg
8. 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited 41 mpg
9. 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid SE 40 mpg
10. 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE 40 mpg


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