• The Most Fuel Efficient Cars on the Market

    With gas prices on the rise again, fuel economy is likely to be a major factor in most people’s new vehicle purchases; here are the most fuel efficient cars on the market for the 2009 and 2010 model year.

    Most Fuel Efficient Small Car

    2009 Honda Civic Hybrid


    40 city/45 highway

    The 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid takes the crown in this category with 40 mpg city and 45 mpg highway. It may be overshadowed by the new Honda Insight, but the Civic Hybrid actually achieves equal fuel efficiency in the city and beats the Insight by 2 mpg on the highway.

    Notable Mention

    2010 Honda Insight


    40 city/43 highway

    2009 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel


    30 city/41 highway

    2009 Toyota Yaris


    29 city/36 highway

    Most Fuel Efficient Midsize Car

    2010 Toyota Prius


    51 city/48 highway

    No surprise here, the Toyota Prius has topped fuel economy lists for years. With fuel economy ratings of 51 in the city and 48 on the highway, the redesigned Toyota Prius is sure to be at the top of many shopping lists.

    Notable Mention

    2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid

    MSRP $27,270*

    41 city/36 highway

    2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid

    MSRP $26,650*

    35 city/33 highway

    Most Fuel Efficient Truck

    2009 Ford Ranger/Mazda B-Series

    21 city/26 highway


    The Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series are twin vehicles, which is why we have included them together. The trucks are the most fuel efficient on the market with 26 mpg on the highway.

    Notable Mention

    2009 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid

    MSRP $38,020*

    21 city/22 hwy

    Toyota Tacoma


    20 city/26 hwy

    Most Fuel Efficient SUV

    2009 Ford Escape Hybrid/Mazda Tribute Hybrid/Mercury Mariner Hybrid


    34 city/31 highway

    The Escape, Tribute and Mariner are triplet vehicles, so we have included them together. The trio are by far the most fuel efficient SUVs on the market today.

    Notable Mention

    2009 Saturn Vue Hybrid


    27 city/30 highway

    Most Fuel Efficient Minivan

    2009 Mazda 5


    22 city/28 highway

    The Mazda 5 tops the runner up for most fuel efficient van by 5 mpg in the city and 3 mpg on the highway.

    Notable Mention

    2009 Dodge Caravan


    17 city/25 highway

    2009 Honda Odyssey


    City 17/25 highway

    *All MSRPs are consistent with each vehicle’s base price, plus destination charges. All MSRPs are accurate as of 6/20/2009. Fuel economy ratings are courtesy of http://www.fueleconomy.gov