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Best & Worst Fuel Economy

Jeff Bartlett
2014 Best & worst fuel economy

The lists below highlight the vehicles within each category that achieved the best or worst gas mileage in our tests. We have selected mpg cutoffs that are relative to each category. For example, a vehicle that gets 19 mpg would not be a standout among wagons, but it would be among the highest in the midsized SUV or minivan categories. 

Click through to each model overview page to find out how the vehicles rate in our road tests, reliability, safety, and more.

Best

Rank Make & Model Overall mpg City mpg Highway mpg
FUEL-EFFICIENT HATCHBACKS Overall mpg = 38 or higher 
1 BMW i3 Giga
139* 135* 141*
2 Mitsubishi i-MiEV SE 111* 104* 116*
3 Ford Focus Electric 107* 108* 107*
4 Nissan Leaf SL 106 * 86 * 118 *
5 Chevrolet Volt 99* / 32** 76* / 23** 118* / 41**
6 Ford C-Max Energi 94* / 37** 87* / 36** 98* / 38**
7 Toyota Prius Four 44 32 55
8 Toyota Prius C Two 43 37 48
9 Lexus CT 200h Premium 40 31 47
10 Smart ForTwo Passion 39 30 44
* = MPGe
**
= MPG on gas engine only
SUBCOMPACT CARS Overall mpg = 31 or higher
1 Mitsubishi Mirage ES
37 28 47
2 Ford Fiesta SE (3-cyl., MT)
35 25 46
3 Scion iQ 34 27 40
4 Honda Fit EX 33 24 42
5 Ford Fiesta SE sedan 33 22 45
6 Hyundai Accent SE hatchback (MT) 32 24 40
7 Ford Fiesta SES hatchback (MT) 32 23 42
8 Toyota Yaris LE 32 23 41
9 Nissan Versa SV sedan 32 23 40
10 Nissan Versa Note SV 32 22 42
11 Chevrolet Spark 1LT
31 22 39
12 Hyundai Accent GLS sedan 31 20 45
COMPACT CARS Overall mpg = 29 or higher
1 Honda Civic Hybrid 40 28 50
2 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid SE 37 29 45
3 Mazda3 i Touring sedan 33 23 45
4 Mazda3 i Grand Touring hatchback
32 24 41
5 Toyota Corolla LE Plus 32 23 43
6 Mini Cooper (3-cyl)
31 22 41
7
Honda Civic EX
30 21 40
8 Volkswagen Jetta SE (1.8T) 30 21 39
9 Nissan Sentra SV
29 21 38
10 Hyundai Elantra SE (1.8L) 29 20 39
SPORTY CARS/ROADSTERS Overall mpg = 28 or higher (tested with manual transmission)
1 Honda CR-Z EX 35 26 45
2 Fiat 500c Pop 34 25 42
3 Fiat 500 Sport 33 24 42
4 Mini Cooper S 30 23 38
5 Hyundai Veloster 31 24 37
6 Scion FR-S 30 23 37
7 Subaru BR-Z Premium 30 23 37
8 Ford Fiesta ST
29 21 36
9 Honda Civic Si 29 20 39
10 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn
29 20 39
11 Fiat 500 Abarth 28 21 34
12 BMW Z4 sDrive28i 28 19 38
MIDSIZED CARS Overall mpg = 26 or higher
1 Ford Fusion SE Hybrid 39 35 41
2 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE 38 32 43
3 Mazda6 Sport 32 22 44
4 Nissan Altima 2.5 S (4-cyl.) 31 21 44
5 Honda Accord LX (4-cyl.) 30 21 40
6 Chrysler 200 Limited (4-cyl.)
30 19 44
7 Volkswagen Passat SE (1.8T)
28 19 39
8 Toyota Camry LE (4-cyl.) 28 19 38
9 Hyundai Sonata SE (4.-cyl) 28 18 40
10 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium 26 17 39
11 Chevrolet Malibu 1LT 26 17 38
12 Toyota Camry XLE (V6) 26 17 37
13 Honda Accord EX-L (V6) 26 16 39
UPSCALE/LUXURY CARS Overall mpg = 24 or higher
1 Tesla Model S P85D 87* 64* 110*
2 Tesla Model S (base, 85 kWh) 84* 65* 102*
3 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited 36 29 43
4 Lexus ES 300h
36 28 44
5 BMW 328d xDrive
35 24 49
6 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid 34 29 38
7 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec
30 21 41
8 Audi A7 3.0 TDI 28 19 41
9 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 28 19 39
10 BMW 328i 28 19 39
11 Acura ILX Premium 28 18 42
12 Acura TLX 2.4L 27 18 41
13 Audi A3 Premium
27 18 40
14 Buick LaCrosse Leather (4-cyl.) 26 18 39
15 Mercedes-Benz C300 (AWD) 26 18 35
16 Volkswagen CC Sport 26 18 35
17 Nissan Maxima Platinum 25 17 36
18 Audi A4 Premium 25 17 35
19 Lexus ES 350 25 17 35
20 Infiniti Q70 Hybrid 25 17 33
21
Acura TLX SH-AWD 25 16 36
22 Toyota Avalon Limited 24 16 34
23 Buick Verano Leather 24 16 33
24 Buick Regal Premium I (turbo) 24 15 35
WAGONS & HATCHBACKS Overall mpg = 26 or higher
1 Toyota Prius V Three 41 33 47
2 Ford C-MAX Hybrid SE 37 35 38
3 Ford Focus SEL 28 19 39
4 Fiat 500L Easy 27 18 37
5 Hyundai Elantra GT 27 18 37
6 Kia Soul Plus 26 19 33
7 Subaru Impreza Sport Premium 26 19 33
SMALL SUVS Overall mpg = 22 or higher
1 Lexus NX 300h 29 23 34
2 Honda HR-V LX 29 20 39
3 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid 28 21 35
4 Mercedes-Benz GLA
26 19 35
5 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 26 19 34
6 Mini Countryman S 26 19 33
7 Subaru Forester 26 18 35
8 Mazda CX-5 Touring (2.5L) 25 19 32
9 Chevrolet Trax LT 25 18 34
10 Toyota RAV4 XLE 24 18 31
11 Lexus NX 200t 24 17 33
12 Nissan Rogue SV 24 17 30
13 Jeep Renegade Latitude 24 16 32
14 BMW X1 xDrive28i 23 16 32
15 Buick Encore Leather 23 16 32
16 Honda CR-V EX 23 16 32
17 BMW X3 xDrive28i 23 16 29
18 Kia Sportage LX (4-cyl.) 22 16 30
19 Ford Escape SE (1.6)
22 15 31
20 Jeep Cherokee Latitude (4-cyl.)
22 15 31
21 Ford Escape Titanium (2.0) 22 15 29
22 Jeep Compass Latitude
22 15 29
23 Acura RDX 22 14 31
MIDSIZED/LARGE SUVS Overall mpg = 18 or higher
1 Lexus RX 450h 26 22 31
2 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Ltd.
25 18 32
3 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited (diesel)
24 17 32
4 Volkswagen Touareg TDI 24 17 31
5 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 23 17 30
6 Nissan Murano SL
21 15 29
7 Lexus RX 350 21 15 27
8 Acura MDX Tech 21 14 31
9 Ford Edge SEL (2.0L EcoBoost)
21 14 31
10 Chevrolet Equinox 1LT (4-cyl.) 21 14 30
11 Kia Sorento EX (V6)
20 13
28
12 BMW X5 xDrive 35i 21 14 28
13 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 20 14 29
14 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec
20 14 28
15 Toyota Highlander XLE 20 14 27
16 Honda Pilot EX-L 20 13 28
17 Porsche Cayenne (base) 19 14 26
18 Infiniti QX60 (3.5L) 19 13 26
19 Mercedes-Benz ML350 18 13 25
20 Nissan Pathfinder SL 18 13 25
21 Infiniti QX70 18 13 24
22 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE 18 13 23
23 Cadillac SRX Luxury 18 12 26
24 Ford Explorer XLT
18 12 26
25
Chevrolet Equinox LTZ (V6)
18 12 25
26 Dodge Durango Limited (V6)
18 12 25
27 Ford Flex SEL
18 12 25
28 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited (V6)
18 12 24
29 Toyota 4Runner SR5 (V6) 18 12 24
 MINIVANS Overall mpg = 19 or higher
1 Ford Transit Connect XLT (2.5L)
21 15 27
2 Honda Odyssey 21 13 31
3 Toyota Sienna XLE (FWD) 20 14 27
4 Kia Sedona EX 20 13 28
5 Toyota Sienna XLE (AWD) 19 13 24
6 Nissan Quest SL 19 13 24
PICKUPS Overall mpg = 16 or higher
1 Ram 1500 Big Horn (diesel) 20 14 27
2 Chevrolet Colorado LT (V6)
18 13 26
3 Toyota Tacoma (base, V6) 17 13 21
4 Ford F-150 XLT (2.7 EcoBoost)
17 12 22
5 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 16 11 23
6 Ford F-150 XLT (3.5 EcoBoost) 16 11 22

 

Worst

Rank Make & Model Overall mpg City mpg Highway mpg
SMALL CARS Overall mpg = 24 or less
1 Scion xB 23 16 30
ROADSTERS/SPORTY CARS Overall mpg = 17 or less
1 Chevrolet Camaro 2SS convertible 17 11 25
UPSCALE/LUXURY SEDANS Overall mpg = 18 or less
1 Chevrolet SS 17 12 23
2 BMW 750Li 18 12 25
3 Mercedes-Benz S550 (AWD)
18 12 28
MIDSIZED/LARGE SUVS Overall mpg = 14 or less
1 Nissan Armada Platinum 13 9 18
2 Toyota Land Cruiser 14 10 20
3 Ford Expedition EL 14 10 19
MINIVANS Overall mpg = 17 or less
1 Chrysler Town & Country Touring-L 17 11 27

 



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