Top 10 Most Fuel Efficient Cars

One of the most important factors of purchasing a new car, especially in these times, is its overall cost at the pump. Courtesy of industry researcher TrueCar.com, here are the Top Ten Most Fuel-Efficient Cars, along with what you’d spend each year on gas for each.

 

10. 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid

MSRP: $27,435

Combined EPA rating: 32.7 mpg

Cost per 15,000-mile year at $3.52/gal.: $1,616

Cost per $15,000-mile year at $5/gal.: $2,295

Surprisingly, this car gets lower mileage than a pure gasoline engine, as well as its Lexus counterparts, but it does come with a much nicer price!

 

9. 2011 Hyundai Elantra

MSRP: $15,550

Combined EPA rating: 33.1 mpg

Cost per 15,000-mile year at $3.52/gal.: $1,595

Cost per $15,000-mile year at $5/gal.: $2,266

The Elantra has nice styling, and has received positive consumer reviews. It doesn’t have a hybrid system, it’s just darn efficient!

 

8. 2011 Honda CR-Z

MSRP: $19,731

Combined EPA rating: 33.4 mpg

Cost per 15,000-mile year at $3.52/gal.: $1,579

Cost per $15,000-mile year at $5/gal.: $2,243

The CR-Z is a new model from Honda, designed for maximum fuel economy. One drawback: this car only has two seats. No wonder it’s so efficient!

 

7. 2011 Lexus HS 250h

MSRP: $36,475

Combined EPA rating: 34.5 mpg

Cost per 15,000-mile year at $3.52/gal.: $1,529

Cost per $15,000-mile year at $5/gal.: $2,171

Lexus (actually Toyota) does it again, adding a hybrid system into a luxury model. Who says you have to trade efficiency for comfort?

 

6. 2011 Chevrolet Volt

MSRP: $41,000

Combined EPA rating: 37.1 mpg

Cost per 15,000-mile year at $3.52/gal.: $1,424

Cost per $15,000-mile year at $5/gal.: $2,022

The widely anticipated Chevy Volt finally started rolling off the assembly line this year, but its battery/generator combination is best used for short trips.

 

5. 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid (and sibling Ford Fusion)

MSRP: $35,455 ($29,100)

Combined EPA rating: 38.6 mpg

Cost per 15,000-mile year at $3.52/gal.: $1,368

Cost per $15,000-mile year at $5/gal.: $1,944

The MKZ and its Ford Fusion counterpart have received high marks for reliability. You’ll also be getting a combined 38.6 mpg, which is a nice plus.

 

4. 2011 Honda Civic Hybrid

MSRP: $24,700

Combined EPA rating: 41.3

Cost per 15,000-mile year at $3.52/gal.: $1,2792

Cost per $15,000-mile year at $5/gal.: $1,816

If you like the fact that new fuel-efficient technology has made it into the historically reliable Civic, this could be a great car for you.

 

3. 2011 Honda Insight

MSRP: $18,950

Combined EPA rating: 41.3 mpg

Cost per 15,000-mile year at $3.52/gal.: $1,279

Cost per $15,000-mile year at $5/gal.: $1,816

The Insight recently got a design refresh from its previous Robocop-looking model, adding two rear doors in the process, a big visual improvement.

 

2. 2011 Lexus CT 200h

MSRP: $29,995

Combined EPA rating: 41.6 mpg

Cost per 15,000-mile year at $3.52/gal.: $1,269

Cost per $15,000-mile year at $5/gal.: $1,803

Needing some luxury? With this Lexus, you’ll be driving in style and you might have to actually tell people it’s a hybrid since it doesn’t look like one.

 

1. 2011 Toyota Prius

MSRP: $23,810

Combined EPA rating: 49.6 mpg

Cost per 15,000-mile year at $3.52/gal.: $1,064

Cost per $15,000-mile year at $5/gal.: $1,512

Everyone knows about the Prius, and despite what some may think about the design, it will certainly not take hold of your wallet at the pump!

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