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Top 20 Most Fuel Efficient Used Cars

May 26, 2011

Given the price of gas, and the economic recovery still slow to gain traction, many new car buyers are opting for used.

And the more fuel-efficient, the better.

Here’s a list of the most fuel-efficient cars from the last 10 years (2001-2010) as compiled by Consumer Reports.

Not surprisingly, hybrids top the list.

Consumer Reports notes that they look for cars that are reliable, safe, and perform well in tests. While most models here meet those criteria, not all do.

Note the super-fuel efficient first-generation Honda Insight. Great fuel economy, but a stiff, choppy ride and loud road noise may make you reconsider buying one.

Model Years Vehicle Overall MPG
2001-2006 Honda Insight 51
2010 Toyota Prius IV 44
2004-2009 Toyota Prius 44
2007-2009 Toyota Prius Touring 42
2001-2003 Toyota Prius 41
2001-2005 VW Golf GLS TDI 41
2008-2010 Smart ForTwo Passion 39
2010 Honda Insight EX 38
2010 VW Golf TDI 38
2001-2005 Toyota Echo 38
2006-2010 Honda Civic Hybrid 37
2003-2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 36
2009-2010 VW Jetta wagon TDI 34
2006 VW Jetta sedan TDI 34
2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid 34
2007-2008 Honda Fit Sport 34
2007-2009 Toyota Yaris 2-door hatchback 34
2007-2010 Toyota Camry Hybrid 34
2007-2010 Scion xD 34
2007-2009 Toyota Yaris sedan 33

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