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June 2008
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The most fuel-efficient cars that CR has tested

Among Consumer Reports' vehicle test criteria are measurements of fuel economy. Our fuel economy numbers come from our measurements using a precision flow meter and are rounded to the nearest mile per gallon (mpg).

CR's overall mileage is calculated from equal portions of city and expressway driving and on a 150-mile trip.

The chart that follows features the 15 most fuel-efficient cars currently sold that Consumer Reports has tested (see our list of the most fuel-efficient SUVs). Also see our Ratings comparison by category (available to subscribers), which lists each vehicle's overall mileage. (Find out how you can compare these cars and get unlimited price reports with the Consumer Reports New Car Buying Kit.)


    Fuel Economy
Rank Make & Model CR Overall MPG City MPG Highway MPG 150-mile trip MPG
1 Toyota Prius Base 44 35 50 48
2 Toyota Prius Touring 42 34 47 48
3 Honda Civic Hybrid 37 26 47 45
4 Toyota Camry Hybrid 34 28 41 37
5 Toyota Yaris Base (manual) 34 26 42 41
6 Honda Fit Sport (manual) 34 26 39 40
7 Toyota Yaris Base 33 23 44 40
8 Nissan Altima Hybrid 32 27 36 35
9 Toyota Corolla LE 32 23 40 39
10 Honda Fit Base 32 22 43 38
11 Honda Civic EX (manual) 31 22 40 37
12 Hyundai Accent GS (manual) 30 23 36 35
13 Kia Rio5 SX (manual) 30 23 36 35
14 Mini Cooper S (manual) 30 22 38 36
15 Mazda3 i (manual) 30 21 42 36
All have Overall MPG of 30 or higher