Toyota Prius C Has the Lowest Operating Cost Per Mile

GasBuddy has ranked the best and worst vehicles of 2013 based on their cost per mile.
By Fred Rozell
Oct. 7, 2013

The Toyota PriusC proves to be the cheapest to drive based on cost per mile.
Photo by GasBuddy/NY Times


Content Tools

Related Content

No Gas at the Pumps ... No Power in the Grid

How will we live with no gas at the pump and no power in the grid?

Get Happy: Gardening in Paradise

The owners of Finca Exotica on Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula utilize their lush garden for everything--...

Friday Fuel Economy: Choose the Right Motor Oil

5W-30? 10W-30? Be sure you get the right motor oil grade.

Make a Wish!

Squeeze skywatching into your weekend plans.

United States motorists paid more for gasoline in July 2013 when compared to July 2012, but the cost difference impacted consumers unevenly based on their vehicle choices. GasBuddy ranked more than 700 U.S. and foreign vehicles based on their fuel economy in 2013 and found that combined city and highway mileage for some models ranged from less than 8 cents per mile to more than 30 cents.

U.S. average fuel prices for regular unleaded fell from $3.595 a gallon in June to just under $3.589 a gallon in July, masking some incredible volatility within particular states and regions. GasBuddy believes there is a better-than-even chance that a number of U.S. markets may see fuel price levels that will be lower than August 2011or August 2012 numbers.

Meanwhile, the GasBuddy survey found that when measured on a fuel cost-per-mile basis, GMC vehicles represented some of the most expensive vehicles. Six of the 10 costliest vehicles in terms of fuel costs ranked by GasBuddy came from General Motors.

The average GMC vehicle cost 21.2 cents per mile in fuel costs nationally based on mileage statistics for 2013 vehicles published on FuelEconomy.gov. Cadillac was next with an average fuel cost of 19.0 cents per mile followed by Mercedes Benz with a cost of 18.6 cents per mile, Jeep at 18.5 cents per mile and Jaguar at 18.4 cents per mile.

Infiniti took the 6th spot with an average fuel cost per mile of 18.1 cents followed by Chevrolet with an average cost of 18.0 cents per mile. The eighth spot was occupied by Dodge with each mile logging a cost of 17.8 cents per mile while Porsche and Chrysler tied for ninth place with a cost per mile of 17.4 cents.

Honda was the cheapest manufacturer with an average cost per mile of 12.8 cents. Kia grabbed second place with an average cost of 12.9 cents per mile followed by Hyundai, Volkswagen, Mazda, Subaru, Mitsubishi and Toyota.

The Toyota PriusC was the vehicle with the absolute cheapest fuel cost for each mile driven. Nationally, it only cost 7.2 cents per mile and if you drove the Prius in South Carolina this past month it would only cost 6.5 cents per mile. GasBuddy calculates that a driver of a Prius who put 1,500 miles on the odometer in South Carolina could expect to save $310 on a July gas bill, when compared to a Chevy Suburban driver traveling the same distance in California.

The Chevy Suburban was among several mainstream vehicles that clocked in with an average fuel cost per mile of almost 30 cents. Other expensive choices included the GMC Yukon and Ford E350 van based on national average fuel prices. Driving those vehicles in Hawaii or California yielded per mile costs of 36.1 cents per mile and 33.4 cents per mile respectively.

Note... 

The fuel mileage based on combined city/highway data for 2013 vehicles is published onFuelEconomy.gov. Manufacturer cost per mile is based on an average of all cars available by the brand of vehicle including different engine options for the same model.








Post a comment below.

 








Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.