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Gas-Saving Vehicles With the Best Combination of Fuel Economy and Acceleration

Consumer Reports logo Consumer Reports 1/29/2016 Jeff Bartlett

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You don't always have to give up engine performance in return for good fuel economy. To prove this, Consumer Reports compiled this list of vehicles that provided the best combination of fuel economy and acceleration in our tests. Vehicles are ranked within each category based on the overall miles per gallon and 0-to-60-mph acceleration times they achieved in our tests. Both were weighted equally.

For more on saving gas, see our guide to fuel economy.

Best fuel economy and acceleration by category based on CR tests

Make & model

Fuel economy

(overall mpg)

Acceleration

0-60 mph (sec.)

FUEL-EFFICIENT HATCHBACKS Overall mpg = 38 or higher; 0-60 mph = 12.0 or less
BMW i3 Giga139*7.5
Ford Focus Electric107*10.2

Nissan Leaf SL

106*

10.3

Ford C-Max Energi

94* / 37**8.1

Toyota Prius Four

4410.6
Toyota Prius C Two4311.3

Lexus CT 200h Premium

4011.0
*=MPGe, **=MPG on gas only  
SUBCOMPACT CARS Overall mpg = 31 or higher; 0-60 mph = 12.0 or less  

Smart ForTwo Passion

3611.2

Ford Fiesta SE (3-cyl., MT)

359.0
Scion iA3510.3
Honda Fit EX3310.0
Ford Fiesta SE sedan3310.9
Hyundai Accent SE (MT)328.5
Nissan Versa SV sedan3210.6
Ford Fiesta SES hatchback (MT)3210.7
Toyota Yaris LE3210.8
Hyundai Accent GLS3110.3
Nissan Versa Note SV3110.9
COMPACT CARS Overall mpg = 29 or higher; 0-60 mph = 11.0 or less
Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid SE378.1
Mazda3 i Touring sedan338.3
Mazda3 i Grand Touring hatchback328.2

Volkswagen Jetta SE (1.4T)

329.1
Toyota Corolla LE Plus329.9
Mini Cooper (3-cyl.)318.3
Scion iM3110.0
Volkswagen Jetta SE (1.8T)308.5
Hyundai Elantra SE (1.8L)299.5
Nissan Sentra SV299.7
SPORTY CARS/ROADSTERS Overall mpg = 25 or higher; 0-60 mph = 7.5 or less (Manual unless otherwise noted)
Mazda MX-5 Miata Club346.7
Mini Cooper S307.0
Scion FR-S307.2
Subaru BR-Z Premium307.2
Volkswagen GTI Autobahn296.6

Ford Fiesta ST

297.3
BMW Z4 sDrive28i286.1
Volkswagen GLI Autobahn277.2
Subaru Impreza WRX Premium266.0
Audi TT 2.0T (auto)266.3

Ford Mustang Premium (2.3L EcoBoost, auto)

256.4
Ford Focus ST256.6
BMW M235i255.2
MIDSIZED CARS Overall mpg = 24 or higher; 0-60 mph = 11.0 or less
Ford Fusion SE Hybrid398.3

Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE

387.6
Mazda6 Sport327.5
Nissan Altima 2.5 S (4-cyl.)318.2
Honda Accord LX (4-cyl.)307.7

Chrysler 200 Limited (4-cyl.)

309.8
Toyota Camry LE (4-cyl.)288.6

Volkswagen Passat SE (1.8T)

288.6
Hyundai Sonata SE (4-cyl.)289.2
Honda Accord EX-L (V6)266.3

Toyota Camry XLE (V6)

266.4
Chevrolet Malibu 1LT268.1
Chrysler 200 C (V6)256.9

Nissan Altima 3.5 SL (V6)

246.3
Ford Fusion SE (1.5T)d249.2
UPSCALE/LUXURY CARS Overall mpg = 23 or higher; 0-60 mph = 8.5 or less

Tesla Model S P85D

87*3.5
Tesla Model S (85 kWh)84¹5.6
Lexus ES 300h368.2
Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited368.2

BMW 328d xDrive

358.5

Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec

308.3
BMW 328i286.3
Audi A7 3.0 TDI286.6
Mercedes-Benz CLA 250286.6
Acura ILX Premium287.5
Acura TLX 2.4L277.4
Audi A3 Premium278.3
Mercedes-Benz C300 (AWD)266.8

Volkswagen CC Sport

267.5
Infiniti Q70 (V6)255.6
Acura TLX SH-AWD256.5
Nissan Maxima Platinum256.5
Lexus ES 350256.7

Volvo S60 T5 Drive-E

257.9
Toyota Avalon Limited247.0

Buick Regal Premium I (turbo)

247.4

Buick Verano Leather

248.5
BMW 535i236.1
Acura RLX Tech236.5

Cadillac ATS Luxury

236.5
Lincoln MKZ 2.0 Eco Boost237.4
SMALL SUVS Overall mpg = 21 or higher; 0-60 mph = 11.0 or less
Honda HR-V LX2910.5
Mazda CX-3 Touring289.6
Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid2810.1

Mercedes-Benz GLA250

266.9
Mini Cooper Countryman S268.3
Hyundai Tucson Sport (1.6T)268.4
Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium268.7
Subaru Crosstrek Premium269.7
Mazda CX-5 Touring (2.5L)258.0
Chevrolet Trax LT2510.8
Toyota RAV4 XLE249.0
Nissan Rogue SV249.5
Jeep Renegade Latitude249.9

Mitsubishi Outlander SEL (4-cyl.)

2410.0
Hyundai Tucson SE (2.0L)2411.0
BMW X3 xDrive 28i237.3
Buick Encore Leather2311.0
Honda CR-V EX239.2
Fiat 500X Easy  
Acura RDX226.6
Ford Escape Titanium (2.0)228.2
Ford Escape SE (1.6)229.9
Jeep Compass Latitude2210.3
Kia Sportage LX2210.3

Jeep Cherokee Latitude (4-cyl.)

2210.9

Kia Sportage SX (turbo)

217.1
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Pure217.2

Jeep Cherokee Limited (V6)

217.7
Audi Q5 Premium Plus217.9
Volkswagen Tiguan SEL218.5

Land Rover Discovery Sport HSE

218.6
Jeep Patriot Latitude2110.3
MIDSIZED SUVS Overall mpg = 18 or higher; 0-60 mph = 9.5 or less
Toyota Highlander Hybrid Ltd.  258.3

Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited (diesel)

248.6
Volkswagen Touareg TDI248.4
Acura MDX Tech216.8
BMW X5 xDrive 35i217.4
Kia Sorento EX (V6)217.4

Nissan Murano SL

217.7
Ford Edge SEL  218.8

Honda Pilot EX-L

207.5
Toyota Highlander XLE207.5
Hyundai Santa Fe GLS207.6
Porsche Cayenne (base)197.8
Infiniti QX60 (3.5L)198.3

Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE

186.5
Mercedes-Benz ML350186.8
Infiniti QX70186.8
Cadillac SRX Luxury187.1
Chevrolet Equinox LTZ (V6)187.1
Nissan Pathfinder SL187.7
Toyota 4Runner SR5 (V6)187.7
Ford Explorer XLT187.9
Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited (V6)188.0
LARGE SUVS Overall mpg = 15 or higher; 0-60 mph = 10.0 or less
Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec208.2

Dodge Durango Limited (V6)

189.4
Ford Flex SEL188.5

Cadillac Escalade Premium

166.1
Chevrolet Tahoe LT167.7
Chevrolet Suburban LTZ167.9
Chevrolet Traverse LT168.8
Infiniti QX80156.9

Lincoln Navigator Base

157.0
Toyota Sequoia Limited157.1
Buick Enclave CXL157.9
MINIVANS Overall mpg = 19 or higher; 0-60 mph = 9.0 or less
Honda Odyssey EX-L218.4
Toyota Sienna XLE (FWD)208.8
Kia Sedona EX208.0
Nissan Quest SL198.4
Toyota Sienna XLE (AWD)198.5
PICKUP TRUCKS Overall mpg = 15 or higher; 0-60 mph = 10.0 or less

Ram 1500 Big Horn (diesel)

209.5
Chevrolet Colorado LT (V6)18

7.5

Ford F-150 XLT (2.7 EcoBoost)

177.0

Ford F-150 XLT (3.5L EcoBoost)

167.2
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT167.5
Toyota Tundra SR5 (5.7, V8)156.7
Ram 1500 Big Horn (V8)157.1
WAGONS/HATCHBACKS Overall mpg = 23 or higher; 0-60 mph = 11.0 or less
Toyota Prius V Three4110.7
Ford C-MAX Hybrid SE378.4

Ford Focus SEL hatchback

289.3

Fiat 500L Easy

279.5
Kia Soul Plus268.8
Subaru Impreza Sport Premium269.4

Subaru Outback 2.5i

2410.5
Scion xB239.4
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