7 Most Fuel Efficient Cars In Recent History

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Dealerships will often tout the gas milage when advertising a newer vehicle for sale. Most car owners look for a vehicle that won’t cost an arm and a leg at the pump, since gas prices are often volatile. As a result, the most fuel efficient cars are often among the best sellers.

Newer cars are usually good at squeezing as many miles out of a full tank as possible. But there are some cars that have been on the road for a while and continue to get the most out of the pump.

Here’s a look at the seven most fuel efficient cars of all time.

The 7 Most Fuel Efficient Cars in History

2018 Hyundai Ioniq

2018 Hyundai Ioniq

The Ioniq gets 57 miles per gallon in typical city driving and about 59 miles per gallon on the highway. Carbuzz.com calls the Ioniq, “… a great alternative to driving a Prius,” noting it has a smooth six-speed dual-clutch transmission with a solid standard feature set.


2000 Honda Insight

2000 Honda Insight

Many people felt the Insight wasn’t a good-looking car, its poor sales in the US may support that theory, but the Insight excelled at one thing. The hybrid car could reach 49 miles a gallon in the city and up to a whopping 61 miles per gallon on the highway, according to carbuzz.com.


2018 Toyota Prius

2018 Toyota Prius

Known for its low maintenance costs and reliability, the Prius is a staple on any list of the most fuel efficient cars. This version of the Prius could notch 43 miles per gallon in city driving, but jumps to 59 mpg when taken out on the highway. The 2010 Prius got better city gas mileage (51 miles per gallon) than highway (48 miles per gallon). There’s also a cheaper Prius: the Prius C. The 2019 Prius C uses 37 city miles per gallon and 48 highway miles per gallon, but carbuzz.com calls the vehicle, “harsh, noisy, cramped and slow.”

1986 Chevrolet Sprint ER

1986 Chevrolet Sprint

This classic earned 44 miles per gallon in the city and 53 miles per gallon out on the highway. It is amazing that it did this without all the updated technology. Hybrids were not available at this time.  A 3-cylinder engine and a light body weight of only 1600 pounds helped this little 35 year old car get legendary gas mileage!


2017 and 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid

2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid


Carmax says it is no surprise these vehicles stand out in fuel efficiency. Both versions of the Fusion Hybrid gave drivers 43 city miles per gallon and 41 highway miles per gallon. These cars were also the best-selling fuel efficient vehicles according to sales data from May 1, 2019, through Oct. 31, 2019.


1986 Honda Civic Coupe HF

1986 Honda CRX HF

The Civic Coupe HF could reach city gas mileage of 42 a gallon and 51 miles per gallon on the highway. It was a good one to own, as carbuzz.com called it “practical” and “fun to drive.” Honda Civics appear all over any list of the most fuel efficient cars, with the 1995 Civic HB VX touching 39 city miles per gallon and 50 highway miles per gallon. The 2016 Honda Civic hits 31 city miles per gallon and 41 highway miles per gallon while finishing just behind the Ford Fusion Hybrid in 2019 sales.


1994 Geo Metro XFI

1994 Geo Metro

Carbuzz.com calls it a dreadful car. But the Geo Metro has its fans, and that could be because of its durability and the 43 city miles per gallon the car got. On the highway, that number went up to 52.

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