We have compiled a list of most fuel efficient cars for 2013/2014 based on miles per gallon (mpg). 2013 was a great year for fuel economy developments. Along with high gas prices and President Obama’s new fuel economy standards (to reach a 54.5 mpg average for new cars by 2025), a JD Power survey has shown that fuel efficiency is a high-priority consumer concern.
With these goals in perspective, automakers have been pouring research and technology into developing better fuel efficient cars, bringing about in 2013 a large surge of various hybrid and electric cars. While the electric-only cars are the most efficient cars, this list of fuel-efficient cars will not include them due to the inconvenience of the relatively short trip ranges of electric cars. Speedy and prevalent recharge stations for electric cars are not yet in production, so the owners of these cars will have to recharge at home or arrange complicated recharge plans for longer trips.
2013-2014 Best Gas Mileage Cars in the U.S.: Top 10 List
1. 2013 Toyota Prius: 51 City/48 Hwy (50 Combined).
The most fuel efficient car is the hybrid car by Toyota, the Prius. It is one of, if not the most, popular car produced by the automaker. In fact, Toyota builds multiple versions of the Prius to satisfy the different demands and needs of the prospective consumer. These versions include the Prius Plug-in Hybrid, Prius C, and the Prius V.
2. Ford C-Max Hybrid & Ford Fusion Hybrid are tied at 2nd.
2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid: 47 City / 47 Hwy (47 Combined).
More specifically, the C-Max engine was based on the Fusion, so it is no surprise that they perform similarly as well. If you need a wagon, look for the Ford C-Max, the tall wagon version of the Fusion. Alternatively, if you are willing to shell out for an EV/Hybrid vehicle, look for the 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-in Hybrid.
2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid: 47 City / 47 Hwy (47 Combined).
If you are looking for a roomy & stylish mid-sized sedan with great performance, fuel economy, and excellent safety ratings, look to the Ford Fusion Hybrid. If instead you are interested in a powered up EV/Hybrid vehicle, look for the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi Plug-in Hybrid.
3. 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid: 47 City / 46 Hwy (46 Combined) (115 mpge EV mode).
Brand new for 2014 is the Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid. Honda selects its flagship sedan for its newest hybrid/EV technologies. This trim comes standard with all of the Accord's most advanced factory upgrades. If you are looking for a mid-sized sedan with the best IIHS safety ratings good reliability, decent fun, hybrid technology, EV technology, this car is it.
2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid: 42 City / 48 Hwy (45 Combined).
Those who dislike the Toyota Prius for its lack of juice will be interested in the more powerful Volkswagen Jetta.
2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid: 45 City / 45 Hwy (45 Combined).
If instead you are looking for relaxed luxury with modern features and refined style, look to the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.
5. 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid: 44 City / 44 Hwy (44 Combined).
The Civic Hybrid is your basic hybrid vehicle. For the price, its specs are outclassed by the Toyota Prius in every way.
2013 Honda Insight: 41 City / 44 Hwy (42 Combined).
For an economical & practical hatchback hybrid, go for the Honda Insight. The Insight is Honda's 4-door hatchback hybrid. Good value, practical, and easy to drive.
2013 Lexus CT 200h: 43 City / 40 Hwy (42 Combined).
For a luxurious, upscale hybrid hatchback, look for the Lexus CT 200h. The Lexus CT 200h is reliable and has great fuel economy for its class. Acceleration can be slow due to the 134 horsepower, however, this car was built prioritizing fuel economy.
7. 2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid: 43 City / 39 Hwy (41 Combined).
The Toyota Camry Hybrid is a complete mid-size hybrid sedan. With a roomy cabin and high-performing hybrid experience, this car is great for its price. The interior is well-made and comfortable with lots of high-tech features.
8. Lexus ES 300h & Toyota Avalon Hybrid are tied for 8th.
For a reliable, comfortable luxury hybrid with good fuel economy, look no further than the Lexus ES 300h.
2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid: 40 City / 39 Hwy (40 Combined).
Equally well-made is the Toyota Avalon Hybrid, which is also roomy and comfortable. The Avalon Hybrid is smooth to drive, though not particularly fun.
2014 Acura ILX Hybrid: 39 City / 38 Hwy (38 Combined).
For a compact luxury sedan with style, look to the Acura ILX Hybrid.
2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: 36 City / 40 Hwy / 38 Combined.
For a good quality sedan with lots of standard features and a high quality interior, there is the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.
2013 Kia Optima Hybrid: 36 City / 40 Hwy (38 Combined).
For a good sedan with urban standard features such as heated steering wheel, heated rear seat, and cooled front seats, look for the Kia Optima Hybrid.
10. 2013 Chevrolet Volt / 2013 Honda CR-Z / 2014 Scion iQ:
At 10th place are cars that are much more unique than the vehicles that rank higher than them in MPG. If this list was based on style or uniqueness I might have rated these cars higher.
2013 Chevrolet Volt: 35 City / 40 Hwy (37 Combined) (98 mpge EV mode).
You have the upscale mid-sized hybrid sedan with high-quality features and high tech: the Chevrolet Volt. The car handles better than other hybrids and has well-engineered regenerative brakes. Where most other hybrids are criticized for their catchy regenerative brakes, the Volt does not share the problem. Also note that the Volt is the only car on this list that runs on Premium-grade gasoline.
2013 Honda CR-Z: 36 City / 39 Hwy (37 Combined).
There is the sporty hybrid, the 2013 Honda CR-Z, redesigned from the previous years. The CR-Z is a two-seater and is the only hybrid to equip a manual transmission (CVT also available).
2014 Scion iQ: 36 City / 37 Hwy (37 Combined).
Finally, we have the 2014 Scion iQ, a minimalist metropolitan small car. The iQ is the only non-hybrid car on this list, and for that it is a very affordable fuel efficient car.