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In addition to being one of the most expensive purchases you can make, a car is the one that will most significantly affect a family’s carbon footprint. It’s not just about the cost of the car itself – you should also take into account theand the issued during the lifetime of the vehicle.
We’ve compiled this list of the most efficient cars, with input from our colleagues at. We consider the fuel efficiency ratings published by the Environmental Protection Agency and use their efficiency conversion formula to see how electric vehicles stack up against gasoline alternatives.
It is worth noting at the outset that smaller cars are generally more efficient than larger ones, but we have included the trucks andthat are the most fuel efficient in their class. And while hybrid and electric vehicles tend to be priced higher, available at the federal and state levels can make them considerably more affordable. And that’s before lower fuel costs.
The cars listed here are arranged in descending order of overall efficiency, with the top tier populated by electric vehicles. After that, we have plug-in hybrids, which can run on fuel or electricity. And then pure hybrids, which require fuel and electricity.
2021 Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus
fuel economy: 150 mpge city, 133 mpge highway, 142 mpge combined
Vary: 263 mile battery only
The most efficient EV currently on sale by the biggest name in the game. But the Tesla is about more than just sleek, on-trend design. It also has one of the longest driving ranges in its class.
See More information: Tesla Model 3 review
fuel economy: 119 mpge city, 100 mpge highway, 110 mpge combined
Vary: 114 mile battery only
The Mini Cooper SE is one of the most affordable electric vehicles on the market. The price is $29,900 plus delivery, but when you factor in the full federal tax credit and possible state and local incentives, you can own one for well under $20,000. There is a problem, of course: it has limited range.
See More information: Mini Cooper SE review
Plug-in hybrid vehicles
fuel economy: 92 mpg city, 79 mpg highway, 86 mpg combined
Vary: 126 mile battery only, 200 mile total
To reassure anxious buyers about its range, the 2021 BMW i3 offers an optional petrol engine to provide additional range.
See More information: 2021 BMW i3 summary with range extender
fuel economy: 83 mpg city, 72 mpg highway, 78 mpg combined
Vary: 25 mile battery only, 640 mile total
Among the most popular hybrids on the market, the mid-range Prius Prime plug-in is also the most efficient in its class.
See More information: Toyota Prius Prime 2022 summary
fuel economy: 58 mpg city, 60 mpg highway, 59 mpg combined
Vary: 702 total miles
The Hyundai Ioniq is available as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicle. Each model is remarkably efficient, but the Ioniq Blue hybrid is the most affordable of the bunch.
See More information: 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Blue review
fuel economy: 51 mpg city, 53 mpg highway, 52 mpg combined
Vary: 686 total miles
The 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid features impressive fuel efficiency as well as a 200 horsepower engine that yields over 50 mpg.
See More information: 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid review
fuel economy: 23 mpg city, 33 mpg highway, 27 mpg combined
Vary: 648 total miles
While trucks offer much less efficiency in general, the Silverado is one of the most economical pickup trucks on the market.
See More information: Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2021 review
2021 Tesla Model X Long Range Plus
fuel economy: 109 mpge city, 101 mpge highway, 105 mpge combined
Vary: 371 mile battery only
Tesla’s expensive electric SUV is built to impress, with a battery that accommodates a longer range than the competition.
See More information: Tesla Model X 2021 review
fuel economy: 35 mpg city, 35 mpg highway, 35 mpg combined
Vary: 598 total miles
Even with all-wheel drive, this three-row family truck is extremely economical, offering fuel economy scores that surpass compact cars delivered just a few years ago.
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