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When Gas Prices Rise, Consumers Compare Gas Mileage First

When oil prices went haywire in the US, car owners started to realize the importance of car mileage comparison.  It makes sense to make sure that every drop of gas counts with the continued spiraling prices of fuel and maintenance.  Choosing a new car that has passed this consideration will ensure that you get to save on your daily driving use.

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Fuel Economy Measured In MPG or CPM?

The first thing that comes to mind when considering fuel economy is the calculation of miles per gallon (MPG).  In actual use, this is easily determined by dividing the number of miles driven by the number of gallons consumed.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set up a standardized method of measuring gas mileage.  The fuel economy figures for all cars sold in the US market are published by EPA to enable consumers to make side-by-side comparisons.  Car manufacturers likewise provide their own MPG estimates, the details of which can be obtained from the vehicle dealers. Keep in mind that fuel economy for hybrid, PHEV and electric cars might better be measured in cost per mile (CPM) since electric fuel doesn't come in gallons.

From research recently conducted by, here is a list of more than 100 vehicles and their overall mileage (city and highway combined):

Make & Model Overall MPG Category
Toyota Prius IV 44 Hatchback
Smart ForTwo Passion 39 SubCompact
Honda Insight EX 38 Compact
Volkswagen Golf TDI (MT) 38 Hatchback
Honda Civic Hybrid 37 Compact
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI (MT) 36 Hatchback
Honda CR-Z EX 35 Sports Car
Scion xD (MT) 34 SubCompact
Toyota Camry Hybrid 34 Sedan
Ford Fusion Hybrid 34 Sedan
Mazda2 Sport (MT) 33 SubCompact
Ford Fiesta SE sedan 33 SubCompact
Honda Fit Sport (MT) 33 SubCompact
Mini Cooper (base) 33 Sports Car
Ford Fiesta SES hatchback (manual) 32 SubCompact
Toyota Yaris Sedan 32 SubCompact
Toyota Corolla LE 32 Compact
Toyota Corolla (base, MT) 32 Compact
Nissan Altima Hybrid 32 Sedan
Honda Civic EX (MT) 31 Compact
Lexus HS 250h Hybrid Premium 31 Sedan
Hyundai Accent GS (MT) 30 SubCompact
Kia Rio5 SX (MT) 30 SubCompact
Toyota Yaris Hatchback 30 SubCompact
Honda Fit base 30 SubCompact
Mazda2 Touring 30 SubCompact
Mazda3 i Touring sedan (MT) 30 Compact
Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V 30 Sports Car
Mini Cooper S hatchback 30 Sports Car
Mini Cooper S convertible 30 Sports Car
Hyundai Elantra GLS 29 Compact
Lotus Elise 29 Sports Car
Mini Cooper Clubman 29 Hatchback
Toyota Matrix 1.8L 29 Hatchback
Honda Civic EX 28 Compact
Mazda3 i Touring sedan 28 Compact
Kia Forte EX 28 Compact
Scion tC 28 Sports Car
Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 28 Sports Car
BMW 335d 28 Sedan
Nissan Cube 1.8 S 28 Hatchback
Kia Forte Koup SX 27 Sports Car
Volkswagen GTI 27 Sports Car
Honda Civic Si 27 Sports Car
Hyundai Sonata GLS 27 Sedan
Toyota Matrix S (2.4) 27 Hatchback
Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 27 SUV
Mazdaspeed3 Sport 26 Sports Car
Nissan Altima 2.5 S (4-cyl.) 26 Sedan
Toyota Camry LE (4-cyl.) 26 Sedan
Hyundai Elantra Touring 26 Hatchback
Ford Escape Hybrid 26 Small SUV
Lexus RX 450h 26 SUV
Volvo C30 T5 1.0 25 Sports Car
Hyundai Sonata Limited (turbo) 25 Sedan
Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium (4-cyl.) 25 Sedan
Acura TSX 25 Sedan
Audi A4 Premium 25 Sedan
Suzuki Kizashi SE 25 Sedan
Honda Accord LX-P (4-cyl.) 25 Sedan
Chevrolet Malibu LT (4-cyl.) 25 Sedan
Kia Soul Plus 25 Hatchback
Audi A3 2.0T (4-cyl.) 25 Hatchback
Mazda3 s Sport 25 Hatchback
Nissan Juke SV 24 Small SUV
Subaru Forester 2.5X (MT) 24 Small SUV
Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE 23 Small SUV
Toyota RAV4 (base, 4-cyl.) 23 Small SUV
Nissan Rogue SL 22 Small SUV
Mitsubishi Outlander LS (4-cyl.) 22 Small SUV
Kia Sportage LX (4-cyl.) 22 Small SUV
Jeep Compass Sport 22 Small SUV
Hyundai Tucson GLS 22 Small SUV
Subaru Forester 2.5X Premium 22 Small SUV
Jeep Patriot Sport 22 Small SUV
Toyota RAV4 Limited (V6) 22 Small SUV
BMW X5 xDrive35d 22 SUV
Honda CR-V EX 21 Small SUV
Ford Escape XLT (4-cyl.) 21 Small SUV
Honda Element EX 21 Small SUV
Chevrolet Equinox 1LT (4-cyl.) 21 SUV
Lexus RX 350 21 SUV
Hyundai Santa Fe GLS (4-cyl.) 20 SUV
Hyundai Santa Fe Limited (V6) 20 SUV
Kia Sorento LX (4-cyl) 20 SUV
Kia Sorento EX (V6) 20 SUV
Toyota Sienna XLE (FWD) 20 Minivan
Toyota Sienna LE (4-cyl.) 20 Minivan
Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid 19 SUV
Porsche Cayenne (base) 19 SUV
Mercedes-Benz GL320 BLUETEC 19 SUV
Nissan Murano SL 19 SUV
Honda Odyssey EX-L 19 Minivan
Toyota Sienna XLE (AWD) 19 Minivan
Toyota Highlander Limited 18 SUV
Infiniti FX35 18 SUV
Ford Edge SEL 18 SUV
Honda Pilot EX-L 18 SUV
Lincoln MKT 3.5 18 SUV
Chevrolet Equinox 2LT (V6) 18 SUV
Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo (V6) 18 SUV
Acura MDX 18 SUV
Lincoln MKX 18 SUV
Toyota 4Runner SR5 (V6) 18 SUV
Toyota Tacoma (base, V6) 17 Truck
Chevrolet Colorado LS (5-cyl.) 16 Truck

Inaccurate Mileage Comparisons Need Attention

Many car owners have found out that fuel economy estimates as seen on window stickers may not be the same as the actual mileage derived from driving in the real world.  It appears that fuel estimates were too optimistic thus the introduction in 2008 of a more accurate method for fuel economy estimation.  The setting of new standards was deemed necessary because of the many changes and features found in new cars that were not previously available in older models.
Improve your Gas Mileage With These Simple Tips

Car owners should be aware that there are certain factors that cause lower gas mileage such as aggressive driving; excessive idling, accelerating and braking; cold weather; driving with a heavy load or with the air conditioner running; and improperly tuned engine, under inflated tires and dirty air filter.  These are the factors that can still cause variation in mileage in spite of EPA’s improved method of testing. EPA ratings can be used to compare vehicles by fuel economy but may not be able to provide a realistic MPG estimate.

EPA tests cars for fuel economy in a controlled lab environment.  The different cycles that approximate real driving are covered although no laboratory can ever be close enough to real road conditions and circumstances.  EPA provides a city estimate and highway estimate with the former representing urban driving and the latter representing a mixture of rural and interstate highway driving.

For more tips on saving money at the pump, learn about hypermiling techniques here.

Best and Worst Mileage Ratings For Cars (Sedans)

The most efficient car over-all as well as the most efficient midsize car is the Toyota Prius Hybrid Automatic with city MPG of 51 and highway MPG of 48.  In the most efficient two-seater category, the Honda CR-Z Automatic bags the top slot followed by its Manual Version.  The most efficient mini compact car category goes to the Mini Cooper Manual followed by its Automatic Version.  The Ford Fiesta SFE FWD Automatic tops the most efficient subcompact car category while the Honda Civic Hybrid Automatic gets the most efficient compact car category.

On larger cars, the Hyundai Sonata Manual is considered the most efficient.  For the small station wagon category, the Audi T3 ties the top place with the Volkswagen Jetta Sport Wagon Automatic and Manual.  The Kia Rondo rules on the midsize station wagon category.  Considered the least fuel efficient in their respective categories are the Bugatti Veyron, Aston Martin DB9, Bentley Continental GTC FFV, Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe and Drophead Coupe, Bentley Continental Flying Spur FFV, Rolls-Royce Phantom and Phantom EWB, the Subaru Impreza Wagon/Outback Sport AWD, and the Mercedes-Benz E3504matic (wagon).  This rating was based on MPG when operated on gasoline.

When researching your next car, it can be useful to create a gas mileage comparison chart or spreadsheet. And while new cars are improving in fuel efficiency, don't overlook pre-owned vehicles that can save you money at the pump in addition to the time of your purchase. Whether you buy from a used car dealer in Arizona or a new model only dealer in New York - you will still be happy that you did your homework and purchased a car, truck or SUV that won't break the bank.

Miles Per Tank Is Just One Of Many Considerations

It is not necessary for car owners to go for the “Most” in every category since there will always be other considerations besides fuel efficiency.  The list however, provides an effective guide to car-seekers whose main consideration is obtaining the most mileage.  It is best to limit your choices to those you have genuine interest in so as to have time to study each during the elimination process.  Once the car has been bought, owners can use a gas mileage chart to obtain a clearer picture of the car’s gas mileage and the factors that affect its increase or decrease.  In this way, owners can contribute to the continued efficiency of the vehicle.

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