Comparing Hybrid MPG with the Best Most Popular Vehicle Models

October 31, 2012

When it comes to hybrid MPG, it greatly exceeds that of gasoline vehicles. That is their major draw, their fuel efficiency, and it has created a huge "green car" market. Many people may think of hybrids as cars that lack power and that can't compete with regular gasoline cars. When it comes to fuel mileage, it isn't even close for most models. Here are some hybrid models and their numbers, as well as some popular selling cars and their fuel economy information. Keep in mind that a hybrid does also use some gasoline in addition to its electric motor.

Toyota Prius

The Prius is the king of all cars when it comes to fuel economy. Minus the brand new electric cars by Tesla, the Prius has the highest hybrid fuel economy out there. It can get 51 miles per gallon on the highway and 48 miles per gallon in the city, for a combined rating of 50 miles per gallon. It by far has the highest hybrid gas mileage out there by over 5 miles per gallon. 

Ford Fusion Hybrid

The Ford Fusion hybrid happens to be not only a hybrid, but also one of the most popular vehicles out there. It was deemed the 2010 Car of the Year by Motor Trend, and has become a hot seller after that distinction. It is a perfect model for someone who does most of their driving in the city. The Fusion is rare in that it gets more city mileage than highway mileage. It can get 41 miles per gallon in the city, and only 36 miles per gallon on the highway, for a combined rating of 39 miles per gallon.

Ford Escape Hybrid

When it comes to SUVs, typically they do not get great fuel economy numbers. The Ford Escape was the first one to change that, coming in with numbers of 34 miles per gallon on the highway and 31 miles per gallon in the city. It is not even close to any of the other top selling SUVs.

Ford Edge

The Ford Edge is one of the more popular SUV options out there. The Ford Edge though, which is all gas, has some decent fuel economy for an SUV coming in at 25 miles per gallon on the highway and 18 miles per gallon in the city. However, most gasoline-only SUVs won't come above these numbers, with the few exceptions of some models getting 27 or 28 miles per gallon on the highway.

Audi A6 / BMW 5 Series 

Both of these models are pretty similar in build and fuel economy. They are both luxury sedans and are more upscale, but are very popular sellers. Each of these models gets around 30 miles per gallon on the highway, and around 22 to 24 miles per gallon in the city. It does not even compare to the popular hybrid models, but of course, with the lower fuel economy, you do get more bells and whistles from the luxury car class.