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25 All-Time Best Gas Cars by MPG

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been rating the fuel mileage of cars since 1984. Revisions have been made to the fuel mileage calculations in recent years to show the most accurate numbers for real-life driving. The figures have also been updated on the older models so you can compare the EPA miles per gallon (MPG) rating.

Over the last 27 years, these cars made the top 25 list of EPA-rated regular gasoline or hybrid vehicles. The cars on this list are ranked by the combined city and highway fuel economy. Along with each car, learn the city and highway MPG, engine size, transmission type and other fun facts. To find out more information about the following high mileage cars or to look up the fuel mileage of your own car, go to fueleconomy.gov

 2000 Insight 

1. 2000 Honda Insight 

Combined MPG: 53      

City MPG: 49 

Highway MPG: 61  

Cylinders: 3 

Engine Size in Liters: 1  

Transmission: Manual 

Similar Models: 2001-2006 

This two-seater was the first hybrid car in the United States, beating the Toyota Prius by 7 months. To learn how these two cars compare, check out 2001 Toyota Pruis and Honda Insight: How These Hybrid Cars Stack Up.

Photo by HONDA 

  2010 Prius 

2. 2010 Toyota Prius 

Combined MPG: 50      

City MPG: 51 

Highway MPG: 48  

Cylinders: 4 

Engine Size in Liters: 1.8 

Transmission: Automatic 

Similar Models: 2004-2009   

This is the third model of the Prius sold in the United States, and unlike other high fuel mileage cars, it does better in the city then on the highway. Get the inside scoop on what makes this model differ from previous versions by reading Plug-In Prius Test Drive.

Photo by TOYOTA 

  Chevrolet Sprint ER 1986 

3. 1986 Chevrolet Sprint ER 

Combined MPG: 48      

City MPG: 44 

Highway MPG: 53 

Cylinders: 3 

Engine Size in Liters: 1 

Transmission: Manual 

Similar Models: 1985, 1987-1988 

This lightweight Chevrolet was a Sprint with additional features, such as a light indicating the ideal time to shift.

Photo by GENERAL MOTORS 

 1990 Geo Metro 

4. 1994 Geo Metro XFI 

Combined MPG: 47      

City MPG: 43 

Highway MPG: 52 

Cylinders: 3 

Engine Size in Liters: 1 

Transmission: Manual 

Similar Models: 1989-1993

This Geo Metro aimed for high fuel mileage, but deleted amenities such as the passenger mirror in the process.  

Photo by GENERAL MOTORS 

 1986 Honda Civic HF 

5. 1986 Honda Civic Coupe HF  

Combined MPG: 46      

City MPG: 42 

Highway MPG: 51 

Cylinders: 4 

Engine Size in Liters: 1.5 

Transmission: Manual 

Similar Models: 1984-1985, 1987-1990

The HF stands for High Fuel economy, and that is exactly what Honda wanted from this coupe, nearly a decade before hybrids were introduced.  

Photo by HONDA 

 1995 Honda Civic HB 

6. 1995 Honda Civic HB VX 

Combined MPG: 43      

City MPG: 39 

Highway MPG: 50 

Cylinders: 4 

Engine Size in Liters: 1.5 

Transmission: Manual 

Similar Models: 1992-1994

Another Honda Civic makes the list. This VX was the new HF in this fifth generation Honda Civic. The HF stands for High Fuel economy, and that is exactly what Honda wanted from this coupe, nearly a decade before hybrids were introduced. Honda has a long history of mileage, check out Honda's High Mileage Club to learn more.  

Photo by HONDA 

 2010 Civic Hybrid 

7. 2010 Honda Civic Hybrid  

Combined MPG: 42       

City MPG: 40 

Highway MPG: 45 

Cylinders: 4 

Engine Size in Liters: 1.3 

Transmission: Automatic 

Similar Models: 2003-2009

Based on the seventh generation Honda Civic, this first generation Honda Civic Hybrid hit the U.S. market in 2002. To learn how to get the most efficiency from your hybrid, read How to Drive a Hybrid for Maximum MPG.

Photo by HONDA 

1986 Firefly 

8. 1985 Pontiac Firefly 

Combined MPG: 42      

City MPG: 39 

 Highway MPG: 47 

 Cylinders: 3 

Engine Size in Liters: 1 

Transmission: Manual 

Haven’t heard of the Pontiac Firefly? That is because this car was only sold in Canada and the Middle East from 1985 to 2001. 

Photo by Alden Jewell  

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9. 1985 Suzuki SA310  

Combined MPG: 42       

City MPG: 39 

Highway MPG: 47 

Cylinders: 3 

Engine Size in Liters: 1 

Transmission: Manual 

Before the Suzuki Cultus, Forsa and Swift, there was the SA310, only sold in 1985.

 2010 Insight 

 

10. 2010 Honda Insight 

Combined MPG: 41      

City MPG: 40 

Highway MPG: 43 

Cylinders: 4 

Engine Size in Liters: 1.3 

Transmission: Automatic  

This hybrid came on the market as more affordable than other hybrids, costing around $20,000. Read Honda's New Hybrid: 40+ MPG for Less Than $20K for more information about this new gasoline-electric hybrid car.

Photo by HONDA 

 2001 Prius 

11. 2001 Toyota Prius 

Combined MPG: 41     

City MPG: 42 

Highway MPG: 41 

Cylinders: 4 

Engine Size in Liters: 1.5 

Transmission: Automatic 

Similar Models: 2002-2003

This was the first generation of Toyota Prius on the U.S. market.

Photo by TOYOTA 

 1989 Chevrolet Sprint 

12. 1989 Chevrolet Sprint 

Combined MPG: 41     

City MPG: 38 

Highway MPG: 45 

Cylinders: 3 

Engine Size in Liters: 1 

Transmission: Manual 

This is the second generation of the Chevrolet Sprint.

Photo by GENERAL MOTORS 

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13. 1989 Suzuki Swift 

Combined MPG: 41    

City MPG: 38 

Highway MPG: 45 

Cylinders: 3 

Engine Size in Liters: 1 

Transmission: Manual 

Similar Models: 1990-1994

The second generation of the Suzuki Swift started in 1989 and ended in 1994.

 1996 Geo Metro 

14. 1996 Geo Metro 

Combined MPG: 40   

City MPG: 37 

Highway MPG: 44 

Cylinders: 3 

Engine Size in Liters: 1 

Transmission: Manual 

This third generation Geo Metro sold in both sedan and hatchback models and only sold in the U.S market.

Photo by GENERAL MOTORS 

 Ford Fushion Hybrid 

15. 2010 Ford Fushion Hybrid FWD  

Combined MPG: 39  

City MPG: 41 

Highway MPG: 36 

Cylinders: 4 

Engine Size in Liters: 2.5 

Transmission: Automatic 

Ford’s first hybrid mid-sized sedan came out alongside the Mercury Milan hybrid. Interested in how hybrid technology works? Check out How Hybrid Cars Work to learn how gasoline and electicity power this vehicle.

Photo by FORD MOTOR CO 

 2010 Mercury Milan 

 

16. 2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid 

Combined MPG: 39  

City MPG: 41 

Highway MPG: 36 

Cylinders: 4 

Engine Size in Liters: 2.5 

Transmission: Automatic 

Mirroring the Ford Fusion hybrid, buyers of this car could qualify for $3,400 tax credit. Learn more about these new hybrids from Ford and about the tax credit in New Hybrid Sedans from Ford.

Photo by FORD MOTOR CO 

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17. 1987 Suzuki Forsa  

Combined MPG: 39  

City MPG: 36 

Highway MPG: 43 

Cylinders: 3 

Engine Size in Liters: 1 

Transmission: Manual 

Similar Model: 1988

Marketed in Ecuador, Chile, Canada and the USA (minimally) from 1985 to 1988, the Suzuki Forsa was the first generation Suzuki Cutlas. 

 1992 Civic 

18. 1992 Honda Civic 

Combined MPG: 38  

City MPG: 35 

Highway MPG: 43 

Cylinders: 4 

Engine Size in Liters: 1.5 

Transmission: Manual 

Similar Model: 1993

Yes, another civic makes the list. This fifth generation Honda Civic had increased dimensions and a more aerodynamic style.

Photo by HONDA 

 1998 Metro 

19. 1999 Chevrolet Metro 

Combined MPG: 37  

City MPG: 34 

Highway MPG: 42 

Cylinders: 3 

Engine Size in Liters: 1 

Transmission: Manual 

This Chevrolet Metro only sold in the U.S. market from 1998 to 2001.

Photo by GENERAL MOTORS 

 1992 Geo Metro Convertible 

20. 1992 Geo Metro LSI Convertible 

Combined MPG: 36  

City MPG: 33 

Highway MPG: 40 

Cylinders: 4 

Engine Size in Liters: 1.3 

Transmission: Manual 

Even the luxury of having a convertible could be fuel efficient with the Geo Metro LSI Convertible.

Photo by GENERAL MOTORS 

 1984 Toyota Starlet 

21. 1984 Toyota Starlet 

Combined MPG: 36  

City MPG: 33 

Highway MPG: 40 

Cylinders: 4 

Engine Size in Liters: 1.3 

Transmission: Manual 

Sold in the United States from 1981 to 1984, this was the first Toyota extensively sold outside of Japan.

Photo by TOYOTA 

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22. 1989 Suzuki Swift GA 

Combined MPG: 36  

City MPG: 33 

Highway MPG: 40 

Cylinders: 4 

Engine Size in Liters: 1.3 

Transmission: Manual 

This second generation Suzuki Swift was sold primarily in Europe and Australia. 

 2010 Lexus HS 

23. 2010 Lexus HS 250h  

Combined MPG: 35  

City MPG: 35 

Highway MPG: 34 

Cylinders: 4 

Engine Size in Liters: 2.4 

Transmission: Automatic 

The HS 250h is Lexus’s first hybrid, offering more luxury and space than other hybrids on the market.

Photo by TOYOTA 

 1985 Isuzu I-Mark 

24. 1985 Isuzu 750C/I-Mark 

Combined MPG: 35  

City MPG: 32 

Highway MPG: 39 

Cylinders: 4 

Engine Size in Liters: 1.5 

Transmission: Manual 

This is the R-body Isuzu Gemini, sold in the United States by the name of the I-Mark.

Photo by GENERAL MOTORS 

 1988 Ford Festiva 

25. 1988 Ford Festiva  

Combined MPG: 35  

City MPG: 33 

Highway MPG: 39 

Cylinders: 4 

Engine Size in Liters: 1.3 

Transmission: Manual 

The first generation Ford Festiva sold well in the United States but had to compete with the Yugo.

Photo by FORD MOTOR CO 

 





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Micha Persson
11/3/2013 6:47:06 AM
A Citroën 2CV of 1949 had a MPG of 52,3.

bwhite14@woh.rr.
8/29/2013 5:40:25 PM
I had a 1986 Chevrolet sprint...the best gas mileage I got was 65 mpg but i drove the car @ 55 miles an hour.

cmpmoab
6/2/2013 11:32:50 PM

I had '84 dodge colt, 1300 mitsubishi engine dual transaxle got 37 city / 52+ highway.  Best mileage I ever got was from LA to vegas 57mpg


Emilio Cunha
11/21/2012 5:20:13 AM
The Volkswagen Rabbit-Golf-Jetta diesel should be in the list, is more efficient, and more MPG than many cars in it!

Ned
7/28/2011 4:21:26 PM
See, this is why I stopped buying ME News. I have a 96 Geo Metro and average over 50 mpg. My best highway milage was 57. Jeenamie guys!





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