Cars with the Best Gas Mileage

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The vehicle you drive says a lot about you. It says what is important to you and what kind of lifestyle you live. Not only that, but it can also make a big impact on how much money you spend every month on gas. Of course, if you have a family that you need to drive around, you will not be able to get away with a two-seater. However, if all you are using the vehicle for is to commute to work, a two-seater may be the perfect option. Here are the cars in each EPA class that get the best gas mileage, according to Since everyone knows electric vehicles are clearly the most efficient, as most of them use little or no gas, this list is only comprised of non-electric vehicles (hybrids are still included).


EPA ClassName of Vehicle (2012 Model)TypeAverage Gas Mileage
Two-SeatersHonda CR-ZHybrid

37 MPG

Mini-CompactsScion iQGasoline

37 MPG

Sub-CompactsFord Fiesta FWDGasoline

33 MPG

CompactsToyota Prius CHybrid

50 MPG

MidsizeToyota PriusHybrid

50 MPG

LargeHyundai SonataGasoline

28 MPG

Small Station WagonsAudi A3 and Volkswagen Jetta SportWagonDiesel

34 MPG

Midsize Station WagonsToyota Prius XHybrid

42 MPG

Small Pickup TrucksToyota Tacoma 2WDGasoline

22 MPG

Standard Pickup TrucksChevrolet Silverado 15 2WD/4WD and GMC Sierra 15 2WD/4WDHybrid

21 MPG

Sport Utility VehiclesFord Escape FWDHybrid

32 MPG

MinivansMazda 5Gasoline

24 MPG

VansChevrolet Express 1500 2WD and GMC Savana 1500 2WDGasoline

17 MPG

Special Purpose VehiclesFord Transit Connect Wagon FWDGasoline

24 MPG

Remember, these numbers are not set in stone. You can either make a positive or negative impact on your own gas mileage depending on how you drive and take care of your car. For the best gas mileage, always drive defensively. To learn more about proper defensive driving, visit However, by choosing one of the above vehicles you are sure to get some of the best fuel economy in your car’s class.


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