Best MPG cars for city and highway commutes

Consumer Reports

Depending on how you drive and what your typical commute looks like, you may want to compare how a vehicle fares in city versus highway mileage. If you are consistently in stop and go traffic, you want to find a car that uses the least gas in those situations. If you drive mainly on the highway, you can get up to double the city miles as cars typically use the least gas when driving at highway speeds. 

Check out our list of which vehicles have the best fuel economy in city or highway driving.

Click through the model names for the complete road test and ratings (available to online subscribers).

These cars use the least gasoline in stop-and-go driving.

Make & model  MPG
BMW i3 Giga 135*
Ford Focus Electric 108*
Mitsubishi i SE 104*
Ford C-Max Energi 87* / 36**
Nissan Leaf SL 86*
Chevrolet Volt 76* / 23**
Toyota Prius Plug-in Advanced 69* / 34**
Tesla Model S (base, 85 kWh) 65*
Toyota Prius C Two 37
Ford C-Max Hybrid SE 35
Ford Fusion SE Hybrid 35
Toyota Prius V Three 33
Honda Accord Hybrid
Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE 32
Toyota Prius Four 32
Lexus CT 200h Premium 31
Smart ForTwo Passion 30
Lincoln MKZ Hybrid 29
Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited 29
Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid SE 29
Mitsubishi Mirage ES
Honda Civic Hybrid 28
Lexus ES 300h 28
Scion iQ 27
Honda CR-Z EX (MT) 26
Volkswagen Passat TDI SE 26
Fiat 500 Pop (MT) 25
Ford Fiesta SE (3-cyl., MT)
Mazda2 Sport 25
Volkswagen Jetta TDI 25
* = MPGe
** = MPG on gas only


If you drive mainly on the highway, these cars are the most fuel-efficient.

Make & model  MPG
BMW i3 Giga 141*
Nissan Leaf SL 118*
Chevrolet Volt 118* / 41**
Mitsubishi i-MiEV SE
Ford Focus Electric 107*
Tesla Model S (base, 85 kWh) 102*
Ford C-Max Energi 98* / 38**
Toyota Prius Plug-in Advanced 66* / 52**
Toyota Prius Four 55
Volkswagen Passat TDI SE 51
Honda Civic Hybrid 50
BMW 328d xDrive 49
Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel 49
Toyota Prius C Two 48
Honda Accord Hybrid
Lexus CT 200h Premium 47
Mitsubishi Mirage ES 47
Toyota Prius V Three 47
Ford Fiesta SE (3-cyl., MT)
Ford Fiesta sedan SE 45
Honda CR-Z EX (MT) 45
Hyundai Accent GLS 45
Mazda3 i Touring sedan 45
Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid SE 45
Volkswagen Jetta TDI 45
Lexus ES 300h 44
Mazda6 Sport 44
Nissan Altima 2.5 S (4-cyl.) 44
Smart ForTwo Passion 44
Ford Focus SE SFE sedan 43
Ford Focus SE sedan 43
Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited 43
Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE 43
Toyota Corolla LE Plus 43
Fiat 500 Sport (MT) 42
Fiat 500c Pop (MT) 42
Ford Fiesta SES hatchback (MT) 42
Honda Fit EX 42
Audi A7 3.0 TDI 41
Ford Fusion SE Hybrid 41
Mazda3 i Grand Touring hatchback 41
Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec
Toyota Yaris LE 41
* = MPGe
** = MPG on gas only

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