With emission regulations becoming ever more stringent, the demand for increased fuel efficiency in modern vehicles is the highest it has ever been. Driven by skyrocketing gas prices and environmental concerns, minimizing our carbon footprint has become a fixation that car manufacturers are racing to capitalize on. With so many big brand name companies out there striving to catch your attention, it can be tricky to know where your best options lie. In the spirit of alleviating some of this headache, we've gone ahead and compiled a list of some of the top 10 most fuel efficient cars and SUVs on the market today.
If raw miles per gallon gasoline equivalent (MPGe) is the focus of your search, then an all-electric car is going to be your best bet. These are five cars that currently hold the mantle for top combined overall efficiency in descending order (according to EPA estimates): the 2013 Scion iQ EV (121 MPGe), 2013 Honda Fit EV (118 MPGe) 2013 Fiat 500e (116 MPGe) 2013 Nissan Leaf (115 MPGe), and 2013 Mitsubishi i-MiEV SE (112 MPGe). All-electric vehicles are still somewhat in their infancy and require several hours to recharge after their power has been completely expended. If you anticipate this being an issue, then a hybrid gasoline/electric car might be a better option for you.
To bridge the gap between the convenience of being able to fill your take up with fuel from the nearest gas station and the zero-emission efficiency of an electric motor (or motors, in several cases), hybrids offer a great compromise. The 2013 Ford Fusion Energi Plug-in Hybrid makes it mark with an impressive 100 MPGe. The 2013 Chevrolet Volt gives you the option of running purely on gasoline or electricity, and delivers a combined 98 MPGe. Meanwhile, one of its top competitors, the 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in, gets 95 MPGe. Hybrid technology has started appearing in trucks and SUVs as well. For example, the 2013 Lexus RX 450h hybrid manages 30 MPG combined, and the Toyota Highlander Hybrid comes in at 28 MPG.
Whether you are looking for a subcompact vehicle, family sedan or SUV, this list of the Most Fuel Efficient Cars of 2013 should give you a head start on your quest for a vehicle that won’t break the bank when it comes to fueling your travels.