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Most Fuel Efficient Cars You Can Buy

December 31, 2015

Looking to start the New Year off with a more fuel efficient vehicle? Then you'll want to check out FuelEconomy.gov's list of the top "fuel sippers" before making your purchase!

The Top Fuel Sippers for 2016 ranks vehicles based on their EPA combined city/highway ratings. At the top of this all electric vehicle list is the Chevrolet Spark EV with a combined 119, followed by the Volkswagen e-Golf and Nissan Leaf. Other vehicles on the list include the Fiat 500e, Smart ForTwo EV convertible, and Mitsubishi iMiEV.

FuelEconomy.gov also ranked the Top Fuel Sippers for all years based on their EPA ratings, with plug-in hybrids ranked by their combined gas/electricity ratings. This list includes both plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles. The top three on this list include the 2014-2015 BMW i3 REx, 2016 Chevrolet Volt, and 2012-2015 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid.

If you're looking to purchase any of these “fuel sippers,” don't forget to use TrueCar No Haggle and Edmunds Price Promise for the best deals in your local area.

Top Fuel Sippers for 2016 (Electric Vehicles)

VehicleEPA Combined City/Hwy Rating
Chevrolet Spark EV119
Volkswagen e-Golf116
Nissan Leaf (24 kW-hr battery pack)114
Fiat 500 e112
Mitsubishi iMiEV112
Nissan Leaf (30 kW-hr battery pack)112
Smart ForTwo EV Convertible107
Smart ForTwo EV Coupe107
Ford Focus Electric105
Kia Soul Electric105

Top Fuel Sippers for All Years (Hybrid & Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles)

VehicleYearsTypeEPA Combined City/Hwy Rating
BMW i3 Rex2014-2015PHEV88
Chevrolet Volt2016PHEV77
Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid2012-2015PHEV58
Toyota Prius Eco2016H56
Cadillac ELR2014-2016PHEV54
Honda Insight2000H53
Toyota Prius2016H52
Ford C-Max Energi2013-2016PHEV51
Ford Fusion Energi2013-2016PHEV51
Toyota Prius c2012-2016H50

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- Gregg Fidan

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Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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