Most Fuel Efficient New Cars
If purchasing a green car is important to you, then you're in luck - Consumer Reports recently put together a list of their top picks when it comes to doing your part for Mother Earth.
Testers found all the vehicles on the list - from the Ford Focus Electric to the Tesla Model S - to beat 35 MPG and be a joy to drive as well. Don't forget to use the free RydeShopper for even greater savings while you're doing your part for the environment.
|Model||Type||Tested Price||Overall MPG|
|Ford Focus Electric||Fuel efficient hatchbacks||$40,990||107*|
|Nissan Leaf||Fuel efficient hatchbacks||$35,430||106*|
|Tesla Model S+||Luxury sedans||$89,650||84*|
|Chevrolet Volt||Fuel efficient hatchbacks||$43,700||61|
|Toyota Prius||Fuel efficient hatchbacks||$26,750||44|
|Toyota Prius V Three||Wagons||$28,217||41|
|Ford Fusion SE Hybrid||Family sedans||$28,290||39|
|Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE||Family sedans||$29,052||38|
|Volkswagen Golf TDI||Fuel efficient hatchbacks||$24,764||38|
|Ford C-MAX Hybrid SE||Wagons||$26,685||37|
|Volkswagen Passat TDI SE||Family sedans||$28,665||37|
|Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid||Fuel efficient hatchbacks||$28,055||37|
|Lexus ES 300h||Luxury/luxury sedans||$44,107||36|
*Electric cars are rated in MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) calculated based on the same amount of energy in one gallon of gasoline.
+ The Tesla Model S is still in testing.
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