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Vehicles With the Best and Worst Gas Mileage

I have done a lot of traveling by car and SUV driving 20,000+ miles a year. I have found many easy ways to save at the pump and add MPG.

Vehicles with The Best and Worst Gas Mileage

Gas mileage runs the gambit of extremes from the incredibly fuel-efficient at a dizzying 57 miles per gallon (MPG) to the completely absurd at 9 MPG (yes, 9 MPG!). Which vehicles offer the best gas mileage and which offer the worse? Let’s take a look at the data to find out!

2017 Mercedes-Benz E300. MPG 22 City 30 Highway

2017 Mercedes-Benz E300. MPG 22 City 30 Highway

The Top Five Best MPG Vehicles for 2019

RankMakeModelCity MPGHighway MPG

#1

Hyundai

Accent

33

41

#2

Kia

Forte

31

41

#3

Toyota

Corolla

31

40

#4

Volkswagen

Jetta

30

40

#5

Toyota

Camry

29

41

The Top Ten Best Hybrid MPG Vehicles for 2019

RankMakeModelCity MPGHighway MPG

#1

Hyundai

Ioniq Hybrid

57

59

#2

Toyota

Prius

54

50

#3

Toyota

Camry Hybrid

51

53

#4

Honda

Accord Hybrid

48

48

#5

Chevy

Malibu Hybrid

49

43

#6

Toyota

Avalon Hybrid

44

44

#7

Volkswagen

Jetta Hybrid

42

48

#8

Ford

Fusion Hybrid

43

42

#9

Hyundai

Sonata Hybrid

40

46

#10

Lincoln

MKZ Hybrid

42

39

Top Ten Best MPG Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) in 2019

RankMakeModelCity MPGHighway MPG

#1

Ford

Escape Hybrid

41

38

#2

Toyota

RAV4 Hybrid

41

38

#3

Lexus

RX 450h

31

28

#4

Toyota

Highlander Hybrid

30

28

#5

Mercury

Ecosport

27

29

#6

Nissan

Rogue

26

33

#7

Mazda

CX 5 Crossover

25

31

#8

Jeep

Compass

23

32

#9

Ford

Escape

23

30

#10

Jeep

Patriot

22

31

The Top Five Worst MPG Vehicles for 2019

RankMakeModelCity MPGHighway MPG

#1

Bugatti

Chiron

9

14

#2

Lamborghini

Aventador

9

15

#3

Bentley

Mulsanne

10

16

#4

Ferrari

GTC4Lusso

12

17

#5

Rolls Royce

Dawn

12

18

Petroleum-Sucking Beasts of The Road

In the day and age where fuel efficiency and environmental impact are big factors in the purchase of a new vehicle, these beasts of the road buck the trend and make no apologies for it. These are the worse of the worse in terms of gas mileage, where you'll barely drive a few blocks before you need to refill the tank. As is apparent in the Top Five Worst MPG Vehicles table, the worst MPG vehicles have exceptionally powerful engines that purr and roar with the slightest depression of the gas pedal. These vehicles are dream cars for many for their beauty and power, while hated by environmentalists.

The next time you dream of shopping for a Lamborghini or Bentley, make sure to give the gas mileage a second thought. After all, do you really want to own a vehicle featured on the chart of Worst Gas Mileage Vehicles? Yeah... neither would I!

2017 Porsche, Macan - 20 MPG City 25 MPG Highway

2017 Porsche, Macan - 20 MPG City 25 MPG Highway

Best SUV Gas Mileage

Who Are You Calling an Oxymoron?

It's almost an oxymoron... best gas mileage? SUV? Say WHAT?!?! Traditionally SUVs have had the stigma of being gas guzzling hogs that emit large amounts of pollution while quickly draining the earth of its natural resources (and it's driver of his money). Nevertheless consumers embraced them for their status and aesthetic appeal. Who isn't impressed with a spiffy new Cadillac Escalade rolling down the road on 22's (inch rims that is)! They offer undeniable appeal. Gas prices have been low for decades and fuel costs were seldom on buyers' minds. Of course, all of that has changed now as more and more people are moving towards smaller, fuel-efficient cars than the once-beloved SUVs from Hummer, Cadillac, and GMC. Still, there are those who simply NEED an SUV to accommodate their growing family or their love for off-road travel.

The table above of Top Ten Best SUV MPG Vehicles in 2019 is designed to help you find the SUV that offers the most mileage bang for the buck. As you could see, hybrids are no longer limited to just compact cars. As the fuel crisis continues and oil costs rise, more and more gains in fuel efficiency for SUVs will be made. Make no mistake, there is a huge profit in the SUV markets and auto-makers are scrambling to ensure they get that piece of the pie back!

Oh Mileage, To SUV or Not SUV?

With hybrid SUVs making their splash on the market, it's possible that these family-hauling machines may once again grow to prominence in American households. Even with a hybrid engine under the hood, they retain their status and awe-inspiring stance that made people fall in love with them in the first place. Rest assured as technology continues to improve you'll be getting the best SUV gas mileage!

2010 Audi Q7 3.0 TDI Premium - 17 MPG City 25 MPG Highway

2010 Audi Q7 3.0 TDI Premium - 17 MPG City 25 MPG Highway

Driven To High Gas Mileage Vehicles

High gas mileage vehicles come in many form factors, from the fuel-efficient hybrids that everyone loves, down to the outrageous mini-bikes few people wouldn't want to be caught dead driving. No matter what your personal preference is, the fact remains that fuel-efficient vehicles are here to stay. Without the switch to fuel-efficient vehicles, automakers will find themselves drowning amongst a sea of upstarts that tout high gas mileage vehicles at affordable prices. Some manufacturers, such as Lamborghini, can still get away with 9 miles-per-gallon vehicles because they cater to a clientele that isn't impacted by today's financial and energy situations. In the real world, we're trading in our gas loving SUVs for environment-loving hybrids. It's a fair trade, right?

Hybrid Gas Mileage: Fuel Efficiency at its Best

Hybrid gas mileage efficiency of the 21st century is here to stay! Find out what drove the push to hybrid technology and which vehicles offer the best mileage.

The Push Towards Hybrids

Up until the 21st century, gas mileage has always been an afterthought in the minds of automakers. With a majority focus on safety, power, and technological gadgetry to make our driving experience better, little was left for investing into fuel efficiency. After all, gas prices have always been historically low. Enter the 21st century and the ever-increasing rise of oil and gasoline prices. The balance has now shifted from fuel-guzzling machines to the new focus on increased gas mileage and intelligence. Manufactures, such as Hummer, who once revealed in the status of gas guzzlers are scrambling to make their behemoth status symbols into gas-sipping machines of intense fuel efficiency. Mammoth SUVs, with their notorious reputation of fuel inefficiencies, are starting to see hybrid motors developed to both offset the price of fuel and to create cleaner air for the environment. It seems these days every manufacturer, from Honda to Jeep, are adding hybrid vehicles to their new "green" lineup of vehicles. It's the way of the future, and it's here to stay!

Hybrid Vehicles Explained

Understanding Hybrid Vehicles

Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), in simple terms, are vehicles that combine conventional gas propulsion systems with a rechargeable energy storage system (otherwise known as RESS). The purpose of hybrids is to increase fuel economy over that of a traditional vehicle. HEVs work when kinetic energy is captured and used to prolong battery charges via regenerative braking. Some HEVs use the internal combustion engine to create electricity that is used to recharge the battery directly.

Hybrid Vehicles = Gas Mileage Efficiency

Hybrids are well known for their fuel efficiency, especially during city driving. Their design allows for a reduction in wasted energy during idle output, increasing efficiency and allowing for a near-silent engine. Regenerative braking recaptures wasted energy while the internal combustion engine (ICE) works in harmony with the electric engine to eliminate inefficiencies from under-utilization. Essentially, hybrid vehicles create greater fuel economy while reducing petroleum consumption and reducing harmful gas emissions.

Hybrid Vehicles And Their Impact On The Environment

Beyond fuel efficiency, many savvy buyers purchase hybrids for their perceived environmental friendliness. Hybrids take in substantially lower amounts of petroleum than conventional combustion vehicles, resulting in less air pollution and decreasing oil demand. However, there exists the issue of the hybrid car battery itself. Traditionally batteries are harsh on the environment, with toxic lead-acid and nickel-cadmium batteries leading the way. Hybrids use either nickel-metal hydride or lithium-ion batteries which are much safer and produce and emit far fewer toxins than other batteries.

Alternatives to Hybrid Vehicles

Hybrids aren't the only gas mileage saving vehicles on the road. Several viable alternatives exist that are exhibit similar mileage increases with a low-impact to the environment. Biofuel vehicles, also known as "green vehicles", offer the prospect of producing energy on a traditional fuel-based vehicle without the new increases of carbon monoxide into the atmosphere. Hybrids still win out as the green vehicle of choice for most, mainly for their sheer convenience and accessibility of traditional fueling stations.

Hybrid gas mileage increases, as witnessed with the Toyota Prius, are hard to ignore in times when oil and fuel prices are astronomical. As oil demand increases and supply decreases, they'll be an even greater upward shift to hybrid technologies and the continued increase of hybrid gas mileage.

2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid - 42 MPG City & 38 MPG Highway

2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid - 42 MPG City & 38 MPG Highway

Looking Beyond Hybrid Cars

For those looking to buck the trend of hybrids or those who just want to live outside the box, there are alternatives to the super-green hybrids. Motorcycles, those non-aerodynamic hogs of the road, often net their riders between 45 to 65 miles per gallon. Of course, engine CC's, dry weight, and riding styles can move that number up or down, but even some of the meanest and loudest Harleys will have high gas mileage (in comparison to traditional combustion cars and trucks). Going beyond motorcycles are the embarrassing, yet very fuel-efficient, moped bikes! You can get as much as a whopping 100+ mpg while chugging around ever so coolly in your spiffy moped bike, cruising alongside your grandma! Actually, mopeds have come a long way in shaking the stigma of being ugly, underperforming bikes for the elderly. The best part about these ultra-high gas mileage bikes is the price. You can get a 100+ MPG moped for less than $3000 new and usually around $1000 used. It may not be the most glamorous, but it sure beats taking public transportation!

If you're willing to fork over the dough for a hybrid or suck up your pride and jump on a moped, you'll find yourself in good shape when it comes time to filling up at the pump. Either way you're going to have to make some compromises, but in the end, your wallet will remain fat and your environment cleaner. Now go out there and get yourself a high gas mileage vehicle!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Jason Nicolosi

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