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Top Fuel-Sipping Cars

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/17/2014 Kelly Pleskot

Today's cars are nearly twice as efficient on average as they were in 1975, according to the EPA. And thanks to more efficient gas engines and the growing presence of electric vehicles, fuel economy will continue to skyrocket over the coming years. In many ways, the future is already here, as some EVs are achieving the equivalent of well above 100 mpg. Take a look at some of the most impressive fuel misers on the market right now:


BMW i3 EV – 124 MPGe

2014 BMW i3 eDrive© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 BMW i3 eDrive According to the EPA, the all-electric BMW i3 has the best fuel economy of any new car on the market. Drivers will only spend $500 a year powering the vehicle, according to the EPA, and recharging takes only 3.5 hours from a 240V outlet. Continuing the theme of sustainability, the car's body utilizes carbon fiber that is strong but lightweight. Plant-based fibers and recycled plastics make up much of the vehicle's interior.

Chevrolet Spark EV – 119 MPGe

2015 Chevrolet Spark EV On The Road© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV On The Road Available only in California and Oregon, the Spark EV brings a bit of personality to the EV game. Salsa and Lime are some of the fun colors that buyers can choose when they purchase the model that costs less than $20,000 after a federal tax credit. The Spark EV offers 10 standard airbags, a 7-inch touchscreen, heated seats, and Siri Eyes Free voice control of iOS linked with the car's in-dash audio system.

Fiat 500e – 116 MPGe

2015 Fiat 500E© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Fiat 500E Drive around the streets of Los Angeles, and you're bound to see a number of these on the road. Although its electric motor only delivers 111 horsepower, drivers can travel for 87 miles before having to recharge, which is pretty average for an electric vehicle. In terms of design, Fiat offers the same playfully eccentric interior as the traditional 500, but kicked up a notch.

Nissan Leaf – 114 MPGe

2015 Nissan Leaf© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Nissan Leaf Since its introduction for the 2011 model year, the Nissan Leaf has come a long way. Over time, Nissan added a battery heater, reduced the car's charging time, and slashed the base price to make the Leaf more accessible to the pubIic. In the first nine months of this year, Nissan Leaf sales were up more than 35 percent.

Toyota RAV4 EV – 76 MPGe

2014 Toyota RAV4 EV© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Toyota RAV4 EV Thanks to a partnership between Tesla and Toyota, the RAV4 EV hit streets in 2012. Not only does this electric SUV provide plenty of space for passengers and gear, but it also can travel up to 103 miles on a single charge. In Sport Mode, the RAV4EV can hit 60 mph from a standstill in about seven seconds — not bad for an electric utility vehicle. Unfortunately, the model is currently only available to customers in California.

Honda Accord Hybrid – 47 mpg

2015 Honda Accord Hybrid© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid Those in the market for a mainstream midsize sedan will not find a more fuel-efficient choice than the Honda Accord Hybrid. This model comes in at the top of its segment, providing 50 mpg in the city and 45 mpg on the highway from a four-cylinder engine, an electric motor, and a lithium-ion battery. Drivers will enjoy the car's smooth ride, insulated cabin, and extensive list of standard features.

Toyota Prius – 50 mpg

2014 Toyota Prius© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Toyota Prius The tried-and-true Prius is still the most efficient non-plug-in car on the market. This top-seller has come a long way since its U.S. debut in 2000. Not only has fuel economy increased by 9 mpg, but the Prius has also spawned a whole school of variants, including a wagon and a compact car. The baby Prius C matches the bigger hatch's 50 mpg rating, although its city numbers are slightly higher.

Mitsubishi Mirage – 40 mpg

2015 Mitsubishi Mirage ES© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage ES Critics often say the Mirage is slow and unrefined, but it also offers the best fuel economy you can get with just a gasoline engine. From a small 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine, the car pumps out just 74 horsepower. In return, however, the car achieves 37 mpg in the city and 44 mpg on the highway when equipped with a CVT transmission. Buyers will save at the dealership, too, as this model comes in at an MSRP of less than $13,000.

Honda Accord Plug-In – 115 MPGe

2014 honda accord plug in© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 honda accord plug in The Honda Accord plug-in achieves exceptional fuel economy. When using only gasoline, the model delivers 46 mpg in combined city and highway driving. This number increases to an equivalent of 115 mpg when the electric motor kicks in. Unlike with the Accord Hybrid, those who drive the Accord Plug-In can travel gas-free for 13 miles. The plug-in is also eligible for carpool lane use in California.

Chevrolet Volt – 98 MPGe/37 mpg

2015 Chevrolet Volt© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Chevrolet Volt One of the Chevrolet Volt's best features is its all-electric range. Without using a drop of gasoline, drivers can travel up to 38 miles, which is enough to cover the entire daily commute for many workers. Total range extends to 380 miles when the four-cylinder gasoline generator kicks in.

Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell – 49 mpg

2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Available only in California, the Tucson Fuel Cell uses hydrogen fuel and oxygen from the air to produce electricity that powers the vehicle. Unlike EVs, the Tucson fuel cell can be filled up in a matter of minutes and can travel up to 265 miles at a time. The only substance that exits the tailpipe is water. Unfortunately, there are currently only a dozen public hydrogen-refilling stations in the U.S., limiting the viability of this technology.

Ford Focus Electric – 105 MPGe

2015 Ford Focus Electric Side Front View© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Ford Focus Electric Side Front View The Ford Focus Electric has become relatively mainstream, as it is sold in markets across the country. This full electric vehicle achieves 110 mpge in the city and 99 mpge on the highway, making it a greener alternative to the traditional Focus sedan. Unfortunately, its high sticker price and limited range of 76 miles limit its appeal for many buyers.

Ford C-Max Energi Plug-In – 88 MPGe

2015 Ford C MAX Energi© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Ford C MAX Energi Although the EPA recently lowered fuel economy estimates for the C-Max Energi, it is still one of the most fuel-efficient cars on the market today. On electric power alone, the C-Max Energi can travel up to 19 miles before gasoline comes into play to extend the range to a total of 550 miles. The EPA says drivers can expect to pay $1,000 on gas and electricity combined over the course of one year.

Smart Fortwo Electric Drive – 107 MPGe

2011 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive© Provided by MotorTrend 2011 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Introduced in 2013, this electric Smart car represents the ultimate in frugality. In normal operation, the micro-mini car produces only 47 horsepower, which can be increased temporarily to 70 horses in Burst mode. We may suggest leaving this car at home during long highway drives, however, since speed tops out at 78 mph and range is limited to 68 miles per charge.

Kia Soul EV – 105 MPGe

2015 Kia Soul EV Front Three Quarter View 43© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Kia Soul EV Front Three Quarter View 43 Brand-new to the market, the Kia Soul EV will put your range anxiety fears to rest. This pure EV can travel 93 miles on a single charge, which is farther than any electric vehicle other than the Tesla Model S. Sitting behind the wheel of this electric econobox is an eerily quiet experience since the motor creates very little whine.

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