Even with the average gas price below $3 per gallon, everyone is always looking for ways to slash their fuel bills. You could drive less, or, better yet, you could carpool whenever necessary, but for those who don’t have that option, there are plenty of fuel-efficient vehicles to alleviate some of the wallet strain your vehicle may be causing.
When many people think about fuel economy, the first vehicle that comes to mind is the Toyota Prius. It’s no wonder the Prius, with four models and over 200,000 units sold in 2014, is a top choice. The standard Prius starts at an MSRP of $24,200, and fuel estimates check in at an EPA estimated 51 mpg city and 48 mpg highway. There’s also the Prius v wagon and the Prius c compact, as well as a plug-in hybrid model that gets 95 MPGe.
For those who want affordable transportation, the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage is the most fuel-efficient gasoline-powered car in America, and its asking price is a downright affordable $12,995. Thanks in part to its light curb weight and 1.2-liter, three-cylinder engine, the Mirage can achieve up to an EPA estimated 37 mpg city and 44 mpg highway.
If you don’t want to compromise on luxury, there’s arguably no better vehicle on the road today than the 2015 Tesla Model S, ranked No. 1 by US News in both the “Luxury Large Cars” and “Hybrid Luxury” categories.
“It’s attractive, comfortable, fast, practical, technically fascinating, and not overpriced. Most important, it’s not just a good electric vehicle, it’s a good car,” according to Car and Driver Magazine. And with a zero-to-60 mph time in the low threes, and up to 265 miles on a single battery charge, fuel efficiency and luxury live harmoniously.
Arguably the best blend of affordability, reliability, amenities and value is the 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid, starting at an MSRP of $29,305. With comfortable seating for up to five and a 50 mpg city/45 mpg highway rating from the EPA, it’s little wonder the Accord Hybrid was named No. 1 by US News in the “Affordable Midsize Cars” and “Hybrid Cars” categories.
“With the 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid, you give up virtually nothing in return for its outstanding fuel economy rating of 47 mpg. The Accord Hybrid doesn’t even cost that much more than the gasoline-only model,” according to Edmunds.
There are plenty of fuel-efficient models, so just do your research and be sure to contact us to get an auto loan when it’s time to get the vehicle of your dreams.