The 40+ MPG Cars of 2015

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The 40+ MPG Cars of 2015

Today's mileage-maxers are available in a variety of shapes, sizes and prices, ranging from a sub-$20,000 hybrid hatchback to an all-electric luxury car that can stretch into six-figure territory. There are about 30 vehicles, in fact, rated to return city/highway combined fuel economy of 40 mpg or better. Here they are, ranked by their combined fuel economy figures.

The only car on this list without some sort of electric motor is also the most affordable car on the list. This subcompact has a wallet-friendly starting price of $13,800, and you won't have to take it to the gas station all that often, thanks to its 40-mpg combined fuel-economy rating.

City/hwy/combined mpg: 37/44/40

The Avalon is the roomiest sedan on this list, and the hybrid is the most fuel-efficient Avalon money can buy. With this car, you get a comfortable, near-luxury full-size sedan that also squeezes 40 miles out of every gallon of gas burned around town.

City/hwy/combined mpg: 40/39/40

In its most fuel-efficient configuration, Lexus' best-selling sedan still has the luxury features and comfortable cabin the ES is known for. It also delivers 40 mpg fuel economy around town.

City/hwy/combined mpg: 40/39/40

Lincoln's answer to other luxury sedans on the market is the MKZ Hybrid, which has the same comfortable ride as the standard MKZ. Unlike other luxury hybrids, the MKZ Hybrid's base price is the same as the 4-cylinder gas-powered model.

City/hwy/combined mpg: 41/39/40

Ford's C-Max hybrid gives buyers practicality and fuel efficiency, plus a healthy dose of fun-to-drive personality. It competes with the Prius, but has more horsepower (188 versus 134 in the Prius).

City/hwy/combined mpg: 43/39/41

This well-rounded sedan gives its owners a comfortable, quiet, well-equipped cabin, the rock-solid reliability Toyota is known for and a 200-horsepower hybrid system.

City/hwy/combined mpg: 43/39/41

The least expensive Lexus combines style and practicality in a good-looking package. Built on the same reliable foundation as the Toyota Prius, the CT 200h is a stylish and sporty hatchback that's more fun to drive than its Toyota relative.

City/hwy/combined mpg: 43/40/42

The Prius V has more cargo volume than any other Prius, making it an appealing choice for families and those with active lifestyles. It's the largest vehicle in the Prius lineup, giving it both SUV-like versatility and hybrid practicality.

City/hwy/combined mpg: 44/40/42

The Fusion is arguably the best-looking midsize sedan on the market, and getting the hybrid version means enjoying an impressive 44 mpg around town. The Fusion Hybrid is also available with a bevy of features that can bring this gas-electric to near-luxury levels.

City/hwy/combined mpg: 44/41/42

This is the most fuel-efficient car Volkswagen makes, and that may be a surprise to the many VW diesel fans. The Jetta Hybrid will give you all the fun of a turbocharged sedan with sporty European handling, plus 48 mpg on the highway.

City/hwy/combined mpg: 42/48/45

The Civic Hybrid doesn't offer fuel economy that's as good as its big brother the Accord Hybrid because it uses Honda's previous-gen technology, but the numbers are close and the Civic is more affordable.

City/hwy/combined mpg: 44/47/45

The Accord Hybrid has everything you like about the Accord sedan -- reliability, a fun-to-drive nature, roomy interior -- plus it achieves 50 mpg in the city.

City/hwy/combined mpg: 50/45/47

The Prius made the idea of a mainstream hybrid realistic, and helped change the way we look at cars. The original fuel miser is going strong -- anytime you see that instantly recognizable shape on the road, you know the driver is enjoying combined fuel economy of 50 mpg.

City/hwy/combined mpg: 51/48/50

The least expensive member of the Prius family is also the second most efficient. It has youthful style and attitude, making it a tremendous value and ideal for those who are young at heart.

City/hwy/combined mpg: 53/46/50

Superman, meet Clark Kent. BMW's 357-horsepower supercar is also an eco-minded fuel-sipper. The stylish coupe rockets from 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds, yet can be driven on pure electric power with zero emissions.

First 14 miles: 76 mpge combined
Next 316 miles: 28 mpg combined

This stylish plug-in hybrid from Cadillac is based on the same architecture as the Chevy Volt, but its coupe layout ensures its appeal is for a more exclusive audience. In addition to the head-turning good looks, the ELR can go 37 miles on electricity alone, and has a total range of 340 miles.

First 37 miles: 82 mpge combined
Next 303 miles: 33 mpg combined

Mercedes' first all-electric vehicle is unlike what you would expect in a typical Mercedes -- this is a smaller hatchback -- yet its cabin has some of the luxury touches and style Mercedes is known for.

City/hwy/combined mpge: 85/82/84
Range: 87 miles

Take the versatility and practicality of a 4-door hatchback, add the impressive fuel efficiency of a plug-in hybrid, and you have the C-Max Energi. This plug-in version of the C-Max hybrid provides 19 miles of electric-only range.

First 19 miles: 88 mpge combined
Next 531 miles: 38 mpg combined

Ford offers two totally different styles of plug-in hybrid -- a sedan and a hatchback. Those that prefer a traditional sedan can get the Fusion, which is already one of the best-looking midsize sedans on the market. It has the same exact fuel efficiency as the C-Max Energi.

First 19 miles: 88 mpge combined
Next 531 miles: 38 mpg combined

The entire Prius family is on this year's list, but the most efficient of the quartet is the Plug-In Hybrid. While you can't drive all that far on electric power alone, the Plug-In's total range is an impressive 540 miles.

First 11 miles: 95 mpge combined
Next 529 miles: 50 mpg combined

This is the supermodel of the 40+ mpg club for many reasons, including the Tesla's good looks, massive 17-inch touch screen, super-quick acceleration and loads of luggage room.

City/hwy/combined mpge: 94/97/95
Range: 208 miles

The Volt is basically the best of both worlds: you can drive for up to 38 miles on electric power, and if you aren't near a charger or don't have time to wait, the engine gives you more than 300 additional miles of range.

First 38 miles: 98 mpge combined
Next 342 miles: 37 mpg combined

This fun, sporty compact car is eco-friendly, and has smart features like a smartphone app to help you find a charging station and monitor the charge, plus a nav system that can find you the most economical route.

City/hwy/combined mpge: 110/99/105
Range: 76 miles

Under its cool shell lies a practical hatchback that's loaded with value. The Soul EV adds a range of 93 miles and 105 mpge to the appealing mix.

City/hwy/combined mpge: 120/92/105
Range: 93 miles

The quirky, cute diminutive Smart ForTwo Electric Drive is one of the most affordable EVs on the market. It's also more enjoyable to drive than the gas-powered ForTwo.

City/hwy/combined mpge: 122/93/107
Range: 68 miles

Hard to believe, but the Leaf is the electric car for the masses that has been around the longest. Its longevity on the market is due to its comfortable, easy-to-use interior and commuter-friendly nature.

City/hwy/combined mpge: 126/101/114
Range: 84 miles

The electric version of Fiat's charming hatch has cool features like a stylish interior and eSport body package. It also happens to be a lot of fun to drive.

City/hwy/combined mpge: 122/108/116
Range: 87 miles

One of the freshest faces on this list is also one of the most recognizable. VW's e-Golf boasts the handling prowess and sharp looks of a regular Golf, and available quick charging at home makes this EV very convenient to drive daily.

City/hwy/combined mpge: 126/105/116
Range: 83 miles

The small but mighty Spark minicar is one of the safest small cars on the market, ranked a Top Safety Pick for 2014. The electric version is the second-most-efficient car you can buy.

City/hwy/combined mpge: 128/109/119
Range: 82 miles

Last year's fuel-economy champion maintains its position for 2015, with funky styling, a fun-to-drive nature and the ability to drive 81 miles on all-electric power. There's also a Range Extender version that adds a 2-cylinder gas engine to the mix, easing range anxiety.

City/hwy/combined mpge: 137/111/124
Range: 81 miles

 

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