When you’re planning on putting miles under your belt with a vehicle, having the most fuel-efficient car makes all the difference. Not only does fuel-efficiency help you save at the pump and put money back into your pocket, it also helps minimize your carbon footprint. Win-win!
Of course, when you are buying or even renting a vehicle, numerous factors play into your final decision, including safety, price, size, utility and additional luxury features (such as heated seats and sunroofs). Once you nail down the price range you’ll be shopping in, you can then look to prioritize how fuel-efficient the car is.
And if you don’t want to worry about fuel at all, it may be time time to get into an electric vehicle. Check out AAA’s EV platform to learn more.
When it comes to fuel-efficient cars, there isn’t a lot to choose from in the economy price range of gas-powered cars. Often, the model only becomes superbly fuel-efficient when you upgrade the system to a hybrid version of the car. Nonetheless, the Hyundai Sonata offers a lot of bang for your buck.
The Hyundai Sonata averages a solid 31 mpg with the ability to get up to 38 miles mpg on the highway. The versatile car enters the market at a sub-$26,000 price tag. The hybrid model will cost you about $3,000 more but you’ll be able to enjoy up to 54 mpg on the highway.
This is where you’ll find the majority of your most fuel-efficient vehicles. These cars are designed for middle and upper-middle class folks who aren’t fans of needlessly burning money every time they go to the grocery store.
The Toyota Prius hybrid puts gas guzzlers and even gas sippers to shame, as it can last up to 57 city miles and 56 highway miles per gallon. When traveling less than 25 mph, the car can run entirely on electric.
The world’s most popular car is also one of the most fuel-efficient. The traditional gas-powered Corolla gets an impressive 32 city / 41 highway mpg. But the hybrid version, powered by two electric motors reaches a combined 50 mpg.
Tesla Model X
Luxury cars are built with things besides fuel-efficiency as a top priority, unless they’re an electric car, such as the Telsa Model X. Starting at nearly $100,000, it has a 348-mile range.
When Considering Fuel-Efficient Cars …
Though getting the most fuel-efficient car might not be your top priority when it comes to buying or renting a vehicle, it should be at the top of your list (assuming you’ve got safety covered). In some cases, you’ll be shelling out extra cash for the hybrid version of the car. But in the long run you’ll be laughing all the way to the bank.
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