The Best Fuel Economy Cars for 2011: 6 Models with the Best MPG

January 27, 2012

When it comes to the best fuel economy, there are many models that can get you high auto gas mileage. These cars have the best gasoline intake and are the most efficient in their use of gasoline. Other things that factor into high fuel efficiency are size of the car, weight, aerodynamics and other features. The following cars all exhibit many of those features. Here are some of the most fuel efficient cars out there. 

1. Toyota Prius

The Prius has the best fuel economy out of any car on the road. The only cars that currently beat it are some of the plug in hybrids and the Tesla electric cars. However, those models run between $90,000 and $130,000 so they are not as practical as a Prius, which will only run you around $22,000. The Prius gets 51 miles per gallon on the highway and 48 miles per gallon in the city for a combined rating of 50 mpg. It has been the leader in fuel efficiency for nearly a decade now.

2. Honda Civic Hybrid

The Honda Civic has a great name behind it, and its hybrid version only helps add to its credibility. The Civic can get 43 miles per gallon on the highway and 40 miles per gallon in the city, for a combined rating of 41 mpg. It comes with a less than stellar 4 cylinder 1.3 liter engine, but to get the higher fuel economies, you need to sacrifice some things, and that usually means a weaker engine.

3. Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

A newcomer to the hybrid market, the Lincoln MKZ adds another luxury car to the hybrid list. The MKZ can get 41 miles per gallon on the highway and 36 miles per gallon in the city, for a combined rating of 39 mpg. It does this with a 4 cylinder 2.5 liter engine.

4. Mercury Milan Hybrid

The Mercury Milan has the same fuel economy ratings, as well as engine as the Lincoln MKZ.

5. Honda CR-Z

The CRZ is a small little Honda just like the Civic, and gets just a little bit less mileage. It can get 39 miles per gallon on the highway and 35 miles per gallon in the city, for a combined rating of 37 mpg. The CR-Z has a slightly larger engine than the Civic at 1.5 liters, but it is still less than desired. You can get some of the other models above with better engines and practically the same fuel efficiency.

6. Ford Fusion Hybrid

The Ford Fusion in 2010 was named the Car of the Year by Motor Trend. The 2011 model looks like it will not disappoint, either. It can get 41 miles per gallon on the highway and 36 miles per gallon in the city for a combined rating of 39 mpg. It has a better engine with 4 cylinders and 2.5 liters. 

One great quality of all of the cars above is that the carbon footprint are all less than 5, which is a very low number when most cars are double that when using just gas.

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