A Fuel Consumption Car Comparison Guide

January 27, 2012

When it comes to the fuel consumption of a car, there are many options out there that provide incredible fuel economy. Fuel consumption MPG ratings are available at the US Government fuel economy website. On this site, you can view a fuel consumption chart for different classes and types of cars, as well as a fuel consumption list for the top cars. Below are some of the top cars out there when it comes to fuel efficiency.

Toyota Prius

The Prius reigns supreme when it comes to fuel mileage. The Prius achieves 51 miles per gallon on the highway and 48 miles per gallon in the city. This is because the Prius is a hybrid vehicle, meaning that some of its power is electric, and doesn't use gas. Coupled with the fact it is extremely lightweight, and also very aerodynamic, allowing it to get great fuel mileage. The Prius is the king in the field, and many of the cars on the list are trying to follow the Prius' footsteps.

Honda Insight

The Honda Insight was the first car to eclipse 50 miles per gallon, which was their manual transmission model in the year 2000. It does not get as great mileage as it did back then, but it is still up there. It can get 43 miles per gallon on the highway and 40 miles per gallon in the city. It also features Eco Assist technology which can help you drive more efficiently by following its tips.

Honda Civic

The Civic is the second most efficient car, barely trailing the Prius. The Civic may sell a little bit better, considering the brand history it has by being out for over two decades. The Civic can get 45 miles per gallon on the highway, and 40 miles per gallon in the city. It rivals the Prius in price, but usually comes with more features, as well as more model types (two door, four door, hatchback).

Jetta Golf / TDI

Jetta has a line of diesel fuel sedans and these are their top two. Diesel sedans get much better fuel economy than gasoline engines do. The boost is usually at least 30 to 35% higher than gasoline engines give when it comes to fuel mileage. These two cars get around the same fuel economy. They get 42 miles per gallon on the highway, and 30 miles per gallon in the city. Though they are not all street legal in the United States due to them being diesel cars, and they do not pass some state's emissions standards. These are hot sellers in Europe since diesel is widely used there.

Electric Cars

These class of cars are fully electric, and consume zero fuel at all. This is the future of cars, and there are already a few models on the market out there. Electric cars allow you to go a certain amount of miles on your battery's charge. They are going to be a bit more expensive than hybrids since electric batteries are expensive. One thing is for sure, they won't be using any fuel, and improving the environment.