Most Fuel Efficient Cars – Best Gas Mileage Cars 2012-2013

During the summer of 2008, gas prices averaged $4.50/gallon in the U.S. After the summer of the same year, prices went down to $2.00/gallon and people began to drive more. However, as of April 2013, gas prices has hovered around $4.00/gallon and it is predicted that it will reach more than $5.00/gallon within the next year.

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The best way to save money is to stay home and sit in front of your TV or computer all day long and not drive at all. Most of us can't do that because of work. Unless you live in a city that offers great public transportation, driving is a necessity. If you intend to save money on your next car, you should consider not just the price but the MPG you can get. How many miles are you getting from a gallon of gas? This list includes cars that run on gasoline 100% of the time (no electric car).

Best Gas Mileage Cars in the U.S. from 2012-2013: Top 10 List

1. 2012 Toyota Prius: 51 City/48 Hwy (50 Avg.), Base Price: $24,000.
1.8-liter, with 4-Cylinder engine and 134 hp, 0-60 mph in 9.8 secs. The most fuel efficient car on the market is the Toyota Prius, also the most demanding car in the U.S. A small sedan, but roomy enough for 5 and it is perfect for those that drive over 100 miles a day to work. The 3rd Generation Toyota Prius model is on sale since 2009 and currently available for purchase at most Toyota dealers. Also available are the Prius C (53 City/46 Hwy, Starting at: $18,950) and the Prius V (44 City/40 hwy, Starting at $26,400).

2. 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid: 44 City/44 Hwy (44 Avg.), Base Price: $24,050. 1.3-liter, with 4-Cylinder engine and up to 111 hp, 0-60 mph in 11.3 secs. The runner up is Toyota biggest rival; the Honda Civic Hybrid is a sporty sedan with an average 44 combined mpg. This is worth every penny, especially for those who prefer Honda over Toyota.

Honda Civic Hybrid

3.Lexus CT 200h vs Honda Insight: Tie for third are the Lexus CT 200h and the Honda Insight , which both give an estimated combined 42 mpg. Luxury or necessity?

2012 Lexus CT 200h Hybrid: 43 City/40 Hwy (42 Avg.), Base Price: $29,120. 1.8-liter, with 4-Cylinder engine and up to 134 hp, 0-60 mph in 9.8 secs. Why not have both luxury and fuel efficiency in one car? The Lexus CT 200h does just that by offering great gas mileage with a luxurious feel. Wow your friends and colleagues with a whopping 42 mpg in a Lexus.

2012 Honda Insight: 41 City/44 Hwy (42 Avg.), Base Price: $18,350.
1.3-liter, 4-Cylinder engine with 98 hp. The Honda Insight is much more affordable than the Lexus CT 200h.

4. 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid: 43 City/39 Hwy (41 Avg.), Base Price: $25,900. 2.5-liter, 4-Cylinder engine with 200-horsepower, reaching 0-60 mph in 7.7 secs. If you love the original Camry, then you should try the Camry Hybrid because it has better fuel economy, which can be a big saver after a few years.

camry hybrid

5. Ford Fusion Hybrid vs Lincoln MKZ Hybrid: In the fifth spot are two contenders from Ford Motors with each having a combined 39 mpg. These hybrids are packed with a powerful engine which give out 191 hp. The Fusion Hybrid is more affordable, while the MKZ Hybrid has more class and style.

2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid: 41 City/36 Hwy (39 Avg.), Base Price: $28,775.
2.5-liter, 4-Cylinder engine with 191 hp. 0-60 mph in 8.4 secs.

2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid: 41 City/36 Hwy (39 Avg.), Base Price: $34,755. 2.5-liter, 4-Cylinder engine with 191 hp. 0-60 mph in 8.2 secs.

6. Honda CR-Z vs Hyundai Sonata Hybrid vs Kia Optima Hybrid vs Scion iQ: Ranking in sixth place is a 4-way tie with each car having an estimated combined 37 mpg.

2012 Honda CR-Z: 35 City/39 Hwy (37 Avg.), Base price: $19,545.
2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: 35 City/40 Hwy (37 Avg.) Base Price: $25,850.
2012 Kia Optima Hybrid: 35 City/40 Hwy (37 Avg.), Base Price: $25,700.
2012 Scion iQ: 36 City/37 Hwy (37 Avg.), Base Price: $15,265.

7. 2012 Smart for Two: 34 City/38 Hwy (36 Avg.), Base Price: $12,490.
1.0-liter, 3-cylinder runs on high-priced premium fuel with only 70 hp. 0-60 mph in 12.8 secs. When is it too smart to save money? Small, affordable 2-seat coupe that has a small engine, capable of saving you a lot of money due to it low cost and 36 combined fuel efficiency. If you prefer style, go with the cabriolet model, a convertible version that start at $17,690.

8. Volkswagen Jetta TDI, Golf TDI, Volkswagen Passat TDI, and Audi A3. Each car has a estimated combined 36 mpg and they all run on diesel instead of regular gasoline.

2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: 30 City/42 Hwy (36 Avg.), Base Price: $22,775.
2012 Volkswagen Golf TDI: 30 City/42 Hwy (36 Avg.), Base Price: $24,235.
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI: 31 City/43 Hwy (36 Avg.), Base Price: $25,995.
2012 Audi A3: 30 City/42 Hwy (36 Avg.), Base Price: $27,270.

9. Chevrolet Cruze Eco vs Kia Rio vs Hyundai Accent vs Lexus HS 250h: All 4 cars have a combined 35 mpg.

2012 Chevrolet Cruze Eco: 28 City/42 Hwy (35 Avg.), Base Price: $19,325.
2012 Kia Rio: 30 City/40 Hwy (35 Avg.), Base Price: $13,400.
2012 Hyundai Accent: 30 City/40 Hwy (35 Avg.), Base Price: $12,545.
Lexus HS 250h: 35 City/34 Hwy (35 Avg.), Base Price: $37,030.

10. The 9 cars listed below, every car has an estimated combined 34 mpg. When trying to save money, fuel efficiency is not the only factor, buying a car that cost much less with fewer mpg is actually better than buying one with high mpg but costing you over $5k more.

2012 Hyundai Elantra: 29 City/40 Hwy (34 Avg.), Base Price: $16,695.
2012 Ford Fiesta: 29 City/40 Hwy (34 Avg.), Base Price: $15,670.
2012 Chevrolet Sonic: 29 City/40 Hwy (34 Avg.), Base Price: $15,065.
2012 Nissan Versa: 30 City/38 Hwy (34 Avg.), Base Price: $10,990.
2012 Fiat 500: 30 City/38 Hwy (34 Avg.), Base Price: $15,500.
2012 Toyota Yaris: 30 City/38 Hwy (34 Avg.), Base Price: $14,115.
2012 Hyundai Veloster: 28 City/40 Hwy (34 Avg.), Base Price: $17,300.
2012 Mazda 3 iTouring: 28 City/40 Hwy (34 Avg.), Base Price: $18,700.
2012 Ford Focus: 28 City/40 Hwy (34 Avg.), Base Price: $18,300.

*Special Cars* - The following cars will help you save money on gas every month. However, their prices are a little hefty at the moment and the reason they are not on the top 10 list because you cannot refuel them at most local gas stations.

*S1. Chevrolet Volt: 35 City/40 Hwy (37 Avg.) (Premium Gas), 95 City/93 Hwy (94 Avg. MPG3) (Electric) Base Price: $39,145. Premium Gas or Electric. Single Charge Range: 35 Miles. Start using gas after 35 miles.
*S2. Mitsubishi i-MiEV: 126 City/99 Hwy (112 Avg. MPGe), Base Price: $29,125. All-Electric. Single Charge Range: 62 Miles.
*S3. Ford Focus Electric: 110 City/99 Hwy (105 Avg. MPGe), Base Price: $39,200. All-Electric. Single Charge Range: 76 Miles.
*S4. Nissan Leaf: 106 City/92 Hwy (99 Avg. MPGe), Base Price: $35,200. All-Electric. Single Charge Range: 73 Miles.
*S5. CODA Electric: 77 City/68 Hwy (73 Avg. MPGe), Base Price: $38,145. All-Electric. Single Charge Range: 88 Miles.
*S6. Azure Transit Connect Electric: 62 City/62 Hwy (62 Avg. MPGe), Base Price: $57,400. All-Electric. Single Charge Range: 56 Miles.
*S7. Honda Civic GX: 27 City/38 Hwy (32 Avg.), Base Price: $26,305. Natural Gas. Fuel Tank: 8.0 GGE.

What do you think of this list? If there are better fuel efficient cars available on the market, please list those cars and link to them. We only list cars that are currently available for purchase in the U.S. market. Concept cars that have not been release cannot be on the list because it is not yet available for purchase. Your comment is very valuable and it will help us keep the list accurate. Please allow 1-3 weeks for revision.

  • mitch

    wheres the volkswagons the vw golf tdi get about 43 mpg average and on highway its gets about 55mpg

  • Dan

    I have a RX400h since 12/2005. The mileage is close to 110,000miles. I followed the factory suggested regular scheduled maintenance. The car runs great as long as I put gas in it. However, the mileage has been between 23 to 25 MPG combined highway and city depending on my driving. The mileage gets worse in the city streets (SF) 19-22 MPG. My commute is ~65 miles a day. I am in the market for a good commute car. Good mileage and comfort combine if possible. Please let me know if you have any recommendations.

    • Wimpy

      You’ll get better gas mileage with a Chevrolet Impala, with the added advantage of a full size car, luxury interior, and top safety features. To save MONEY (not miles per gallon), use E85 when it’s a buck cheaper per gallon.

  • Mary Lou

    Several years ago we owned a Geo Metro. It was a small car but big enough to get us where we wanted to go. It got 50 MPG on a regular basis, so i know cars can be built to get good gas mileage. Unfortunately, we traded it off. (I wish we had kept it as a second car.) And they have no longer been made for the past several years. Ummm?…. Wonder why? –Maybe TOO GOOD gas mileage?!

    • Wimpy

      The Geo Metro is a death trap. No safety features, underpowered, and unreliable braking and handling. It’s not safe at any speed.

  • zohair

    honda is much better than toyota in comparing of drive

  • Catherine Fros

    Let’s face it people . . . we have the technology for gas/electric. It’s time the big corporations understand that the better the vehicle and lowering the prices they would sell even more volume and make money. This is a win win for all. This is what we needs to be done so every citizen who is looking to purchase a vehicle can get the best vehicle on the market with a reasonable price.

  • MERCURY

    THIS LIST IS BS. ON AN AVERAGE EVERY MEDIUM SIZED CAR IN INDIA HAS A MILAGE OF 50- 52 MILES PER GALLON.

    -From thesupercars
    As stated, these are cars in the United States.

  • From those cars, I like Toyota Prius. I hope can buy it in the next six months.

  • can’t believe that Smart Car made it in here!

  • Waldo

    It’s a shame car manufacturers are still making cars that they want us to have. Wouldn’t it be novel if they asked the public what they wanted in a car? As far as I’m concerned most auto manufacturers are selling us over priced, over gageted, pieces of junk that are mostly throw away cars. Sure as hell the average mechanic can’t repair them. Why doesn’t some maker produce a practical vehicle comparable to say an old bettle. Roomy, comfortable, simple, That gets good gas mileage with a heater, an airconditioner, under 1.5 litre, (Not everyone wants a station wagon that performs like a Countach.) simple electronic ignition and fuel injection and thats all. Hell even a radio should be optional. Electric vehicles will never be practical. Ask any power company especially with the coming of non evasive generation. Can you immagine one million electrical cars getting rechaged at the same time? The “black outs” would be phenominal.

  • martha dawson

    Natural gas is a viable option.
    gas tanks could be installed at current gas stations.

  • martha dawson

    Natural gas seems a viable option. It will just tke time and money to develop and build enough sservice stations. Or, why not install tanks at current gas sttions?

  • Charles Henson

    I own a Volt and love it. If you drive a 20 miles or less to work you’ll use zero gas. If you drive farther, the car auotmatically goes into extended range and gets 37 MPG. Total rang is around 400+ miles. I have 1300 miles on the car and haven’t had to fill up yet. Gas milage is over 230 MPG. Love it …. stickin it to the man..

    • Wimpy

      So, if I am looking for a high mileage car for 500 mile trips, the Volt is not for me? I did not know that, thank you for enlightening me. May as well stick with my 30 MPG Impala and use E85 when it’s a buck cheaper. Less MPG, but a cheaper 500 mile trip.

  • Alan

    Have a 2012 Subaru Impreza – getting about 37 mpg combined. Car is nicely equipped, base car is less than 20K

  • Dalton

    I have been very skeptical of published mpg’s by car companies. Edmund’s testing
    is very accurate and turns out the published numbers for Mini Coopers are accurate.

    • Wimpy

      I’ve had about twenty General Motors cars, and they are very close to advertised MPG, sometimes even higher. Plus the on board computer is a great way to monitor it between fill-ups.

  • Dalto

    I have a new Mini Cooper Coupe with 6 speed stick shift and turbo–am getting 35
    miles per gallon in Portland and up lots of steep hills. This is an awesome car which
    is lots of fun to drive with great acceleration , with a turbo that gets you going fast
    wit 188 horsepower. It is rated at 42 highway mpg.

  • Heather

    I was told by a dealer that ALL cars which operate totally or semi on Batteries will have to have them replaced at 60,000 and that cost is around $3,000. Plus the batteries are a waste and enviormental hazard so were is the UP side to this if after just a year or two you have to put $3,000 into the vehicle? I’ll stick to gas only and drive a Civic.

    • Dan

      I have a RX400h since 12/2005. I use it for commute a little more than 60miles round trip a day. The mileage is close 110,000miles. I did the regular scheduled maintenance. The car runs great as long as you put gas in it. The power battery is still working fine. The service advisor in the Lexus shop told me so far they have not replace any batter packs in any of the RX400h hybrid cars. The warrant on the power drive train ran out after 100,000 miles. So I am on my own. The relacement cost for the battery pack could cost ~$3000 to $5000. But I was told that the power pack should be good for more than 200,000miles. It works good so far. We will see!

  • If the US was allowed to have European cars, this would be a very different list. The Smart gets twice the mileage in Europe, and there’s an electric version. Our government should be ashamed. There’s no excuse for ANY consumer car to be getting less than 40 MPG at this stage of technology.

    • Wimpy

      In Europe they have mostly little diesel engines, because they don’t care about how much smog they have and must not have the same air quality laws we do. Most diesel owners in the US didn’t like them also.

  • saurav

    I think some of the the information realeated to avg.of the cars are not too accurate because avg. of 50 is quit impossible.but I comletly agree with the top 10 fastest car list which have been posted by the site

  • Tom

    Keep in mind Toyota only makes a very few Prius every year and they sell them at below cost. So just how sustainable is this market when it comes to the top 5 best players?
    And some of these vehicles like the Smart are just silly. Not fuel economical, not safe and not practical. It’s for people too poor to afford parking spaces in the city.

    Once Toyota and Honda are fed up paying us to buy their hybrids we’ll be back to gas only cars. We need to make the transition into affordable hydrogen gas cars. Yes, too expensive for now, but it seems to be the only sustainable solution.

    • Wimpy

      I agree, Tom. As for electric cars, it takes money to charge the batteries also. They don’t really tell you that, and people seem to forget or not want to consider that.

  • GLENN ROBINSON

    I FIND IT KIND OF FUNNY THAT WE BAIL OUT GM WITH TAXPAYERS MONEY AND THEY DON’T EVEN HAVE 1 CAR ON THIS LIST WHATS UP????