The 5 most fuel-efficient cars on the road today - and the 4 least fuel-efficient ones
- Fuel efficiency has improved dramatically in recent years. The average car sold in the United States gets an average of around 25 miles per gallon (MPG).
- We looked at the most fuel-efficient vehicles on the market today, as well as the least fuel-efficient vehicles.
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Fuel efficiency has improved dramatically in recent years, in large part thanks to stricter fuel regulations implemented by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Today, new cars sold in the United States get an average of 24.9 mpg, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
But just a generation ago, in 1980, vehicles were averaging around 17 mpg, according to the Pew Environment Group.
Vehicle fuel efficiency is an immediately relevant issue for American families. Some drivers spend more than $1,000 dollars annually on fuel. And as added fuel efficiency means reduced carbon emissions, more miles per gallon today means less environmental impact in the long term.
To create a level playing field while considering fuel efficiency, we looked at cars with gasoline-powered combustion engines, not electric vehicles, hybrids, or diesel-engine vehicles, and we excluded trucks and SUVs.
Here are the five most fuel-efficient cars being produced today, along with the four least fuel-efficient ones.
The Chevrolet Spark gets 33 mpg when factoring in city and highway driving combined
A Nissan Versa gets a combined 35 mpg and costs less than $15,700
A 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback averages 36 mpg in city and highway driving
A new Honda Fit gets 33 mpg during city driving and 40 mpg on the highway
The 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage gets a combined 39 mpg in city and highway driving
And now for the least fuel-efficient vehicles ...
The 2020 Shelby Mustang gets 14 miles per gallon overall, and just 12 mpg in the city
Rolls-Royce makes four cars that get an average of just 14 mpg
The four-seat Ferrari GTC4Lusso gets 13 mpg in combined city and highway driving
And the Bugatti Chiron gets only 9 mpg during city driving and 14 mpg on the highway
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