There are many used cars out there that have high gas mileage. These used cars are also all under $20,000 as there are no luxury cars on this list. The cars range from late 1990s to 2008. The used cars won't have as great fuel economy ratings as some of the newer cars with the latest technologies, but these are pretty close. The list is long, so you definitely have options.
- The Toyota Prius has to lead this list. Since it was around in the early 2000s, it changed the way people looked at fuel consumption. The Prius has a range of miles depending on models, but most are in the 41 to 44 miles per gallon range, lower than the current 51 miles per gallon that the 2010 gets.
- The Honda Civic changed its concept to a hybrid design in 2003 and since then, those models all make this list. The Civic models get in the mid thirties for their gas economy ratings.
- The 2005 Chevy Aveo makes this list for its 32 miles per gallon rating. It is the smallest Chevy car and will only run you about $6,000.
- Sticking with Chevy, how about the 2002 Chevy Prizm. The Prizm is quite underrated and got 37 miles per gallon on the highway. It is a comparable car to a Toyota Camry or Corolla, and yet you can get it for around $6000.
- A pair of Fords make the list, the Ford Focus and the Ford ZX2, which get 32 miles per gallon and 30 miles per gallon, respectively. Both are in the $6500 range so they are affordable. The Focus will continue to be on this list for years to come as their is a hybrid version to hit the market that has even better ratings.
- The Honda Insight must be on this list, just because it has the record for longest distance in a tank of gas. The 2006 model lasted over 2000 miles which was over 150 miles per gallon. Without all of the hypermiling that was going on, the Insight gets around 40 miles to the gallon. If you go to the 2000 manual transmission model, you would be looking at one of the first vehicles to crack the 50 miles per gallon threshold.
- Scion has made three cars to make the list, the xA, xB and xD. All get between 30 and 32 miles per gallon fuel economy ratings.
- The entry level cars for Toyota, the Echo (2000 to 2005) and the Yaris (present) are both lightweight, fuel efficient vehicles. They both get around 35 to 38 miles per gallon in their cars.
- Another hybrid, the Nissan Altima, makes this list for its 2007 and 2008 models. It got 32 miles per gallon combined fuel economy ratings.
- The last car on the list is the Honda Fit, which has ratings between 32 and 34 miles per gallon depending on the model.
Overall, user car gas mileage is pretty good and for a cheap price as well. The used car market will become even more efficient as more companies release hybrid models in the next few years.