The 40+ MPG Cars of 2016

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The 40+ MPG Cars of 2016

Did you know there are now more than 30 vehicles that offer combined fuel economy of 40 mpg or better? The list includes everything from a six-figure supercar to a sub-$14,000 hatchback, offering plenty of options for anyone interested in lowering their fuel costs, reducing their tailpipe emissions or both. Here’s the full list, listed in order of EPA-estimated city/highway combined fuel economy.

The only car on this list without some sort of electric motor is also the most affordable car here, with a wallet-friendly starting price of $13,800.

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

The Avalon Hybrid is a roomy, comfortable, near-luxury sedan that delivers better combined fuel economy than most entry-level subcompact cars.

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

Lexus' best-selling sedan is just as comfortable and luxurious when equipped with fuel-efficient hybrid power.

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

One of the MKZ Hybrid's claims to fame is that it has the same base price as the gas-only version.

City/hwy/combined mpg: 41/39/40 

Ford's C-Max Hybrid combines standout fuel efficiency with hatchback practicality and a healthy dose of fun-to-drive personality. It isn't as efficient as a Prius, but it does have more power.

City/hwy/combined mpg: 42/37/40

The famously reliable and well-rounded Toyota Camry is the best-selling car in the country year after year, and the sub-$30,000 Camry Hybrid adds a 41-mpg cherry on top.

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

Like its gas-powered sibling, the totally redesigned Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is loaded with features, refined and reasonably priced. 

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

The least expensive Lexus combines style and practicality in a good-looking package. Built on the same reliable foundation as the previous-generation Toyota Prius, the CT 200h is a stylish and sporty hatchback with the added appeal of the circle-L badge.

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. While the Prius is all-new, the Prius V carries on relatively unchanged for 2016.

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

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

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

The most fuel-efficient car Volkswagen makes, the Jetta Hybrid combines the driving feel of a European sedan with impressive fuel economy topping out at 48 mpg on the highway.

City/hwy/combined mpg: 42/48/44

The least expensive member of the Prius family isn't all-new for 2016 like the flagship Prius, but it's nearly as efficient. With a starting price of around $20,000 and combined fuel economy of 50 mpg, the Prius C is affordable from start to finish.

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

The Prius made the idea of a mainstream hybrid realistic, and helped change the way we look at cars. The all-new 2016 Prius is more enjoyable to drive, while at the same time boasting even more amazing fuel efficiency of 52 mpg combined. And as redundant as it sounds there's even a new Prius Eco model, rated to deliver 56 mpg combined.

City/hwy/combined mpg: 54/50/52

2016 Toyota Mirai

The 40+ MPG Cars of 2016

As clean as an electric car but quickly refillable like a gas-powered car, the hydrogen-powered Mirai is something of a best-of-both-worlds proposition. Availability is extremely limited -- both the vehicle and the fuel -- but the otherwise practical, comfortable Mirai is a promising glimpse into a possible future.

Combined mpge: 67
Range per refill: 312 miles

The i8 is a 357-horsepower supercar -- with a 228-horsepower turbocharged 3-cylinder engine and an electric motor -- that's also an eco-minded all-star. The stylish coupe rockets from 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds, yet can be driven on pure electric power with zero emissions. It's also the most expensive car on this list, with a starting sticker price of $140,700.

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

After taking a year off, Cadillac's stylish plug-in hybrid returns for 2016 with more all-electric range, more power, and a new Sport mode. The ELR is based on the same architecture as the previous-generation Chevy Volt, but its coupe layout and $57,000 starting price ensure a more exclusive audience.

First 40 miles: 85 mpge combined
Next 300 miles: 32 mpg combined

In addition to zero tailpipe emissions, Mercedes' first all-electric vehicle boasts a flexible hatchback design with the interior appeal for which the marque is known.

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

Take the versatility and practicality of a 4-door hatchback, add the fuel-efficient flexibility of a plug-in hybrid, and you have the C-Max Energi.

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


The Fusion Energi features the same plug-in powertrain as the Ford C-Max Energi, but in a more mainstream, midsize sedan format.

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

The Tesla Model X brings together the best of a 3-row SUV -- all-wheel drive and room for seven people or loads of cargo -- with the best of Tesla -- 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds, plus 257 miles of all-electric range.

City/hwy/combined mpge: 90/94/92
Range: 257 miles

All-new for 2016, the feature-laden Sonata Plug-in Hybrid boasts the best all-electric range of any midsize hybrid sedan and an impressive full-charge, full-tank range of 600 miles.

First 27 miles: 99 mpge combined
Next 573 miles: 40 mpg combined

The celebrity of electrified personal transportation, the Model S appeals with an impressive mix of good looks, massive 17-inch touchscreen, jaw-dropping acceleration, everyday practicality and unmatched battery range.

City/hwy/combined mpge: 101/102/101
Range: 240 miles

Like the traditionally powered Ford Focus compact car, the Focus Electric is simply more fun to drive than most of its competitors.

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

Packed to its tall roof with style and features, the gas-powered Kia Soul is a regular entry on our annual list of the 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000. Electric power raises the price, but makes the Soul even cooler.

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

The second-generation Volt is more efficient, more practical and just plain more appealing than its predecessor.

First 53 miles: 106 mpge combined
Next 367 miles: 42 mpg combined

The quirky, tiny Smart ForTwo Electric Drive is one of the most affordable EVs on the market, and more enjoyable to drive than the gas-powered version.

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

As is the case with with many small, modestly powered cars available in both gas and electric versions, the zippy Fiat 500e is more fun to drive than its gas-only counterpart. It even looks the part, thanks to the eSport body package.

City/hwy/combined mpge: 121/103/112
Range: 84 miles

It doesn't offer the refinement or range of the competition, but with a starting sticker price under $24,000, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV is the least expensive electric car on the market.

City/hwy/combined mpge: 126/99/112
Range: 62 miles

The longest-tenured electric car on this list, the Leaf has continued to evolve since its debut for the 2011 model year. While the base range is 84 miles, today the Leaf is also available with 107 miles of range.

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

Combining the instant oomph of electric power with sharp handling and engaging European driving feel, the e-Golf delivers a unique mix of efficiency, affordability and fun.

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

While the Chevy Spark minicar has been completely redesigned for 2016, the electric version carries on unchanged. Nevertheless, it remains the second-most-efficient car you can buy.

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

The futuristic and fun-to-drive BMW i3 is the most efficient car in the country according to EPA figures. It's even manufactured in an earth-friendly manner, in a plant powered completely by four wind turbines.

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


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