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 efficient gasoline-powered vehicles) 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 miles-per-gallon equivalent (MPGe) are:

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Year Make Model Fuel Economy
2017 Toyota Prius Prime Advanced 133 MPGe
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier 119 MPGe
2016 Volkswagen e-Golf SEL Premium 116 MPGe
2017 Nissan Leaf SL 112 MPGe
2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV ES 112 MPGe
2016 Chevrolet Volt Premier 106 MPGe
2016 Kia Soul EV + 105 MPGe
2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Limited 99 MPGe
2016 Tesla Model S 60 99 MPGe
2017 Ford Fusion Energi Titanium 97 MPGe

The vehicles listed above have ratings provided in miles-per-gallon equivalent, as they are either pure electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids. Miles-per-gallon equivalent, or MPGe, is defined as the estimated number of miles a vehicle can travel on an alternative fuel with the same energy content as a gallon of gasoline (for example, 33.7 kilowatt-hours of battery power contains roughly the same amount of energy 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 2017 AAA Green Car Guide.

Year Make Model Fuel Economy
2017 Toyota Prius Prime Advanced 133 MPGe
2016 Chevrolet Volt Premier 106 MPGe
2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Limited 99 MPGe
2017 Ford Fusion Energi Titanium 97 MPGe
2016 Ford C-Max Energi SEL 88 MPGe
2016 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron Premium 83 MPGe
2016 Toyota Prius Two Eco 56 mpg
2017 Volvo XC90 T8 E-AWD Inscription 54 MPGe
2016 Toyota Prius c Four 50 mpg
2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring 48 mpg

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