Fuel economy is one of the most important factors to consider when shopping for any car. However, fluctuating gas prices can make it hard to predict how fuel costs will affect your budget. But regardless of the price of gasoline, you can be frugal and seek added savings by choosing a pre-owned car with great fuel efficiency. Better gas mileage means less frequent visits to the pump, and less money spent each time—possibly resulting in long-term cost savings.
With so many options on the market, we’ve compiled this list of five extremely fuel-efficient used cars:
1. Toyota Prius
The Prius is one of the most practical, economical vehicles in terms of gas mileage, and it seats up to five passengers. The hybrid hatchback pairs a gas engine with electric motors. For the 2016-2017 model, this results in 54 miles per gallon (MPG) city and 50 MPG highway. The Prius also features a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which results in seamless shifting, smooth driving, and predictable performance.
2. Honda Civic
One of America’s most popular vehicles, the Civic gasoline model offers up to 35 MPG during mixed driving (city/highway). However, the hybrid model can achieve 40% to 50% higher MPG, allowing for an even more frugal commute. The Honda Civic is generally recognized for being a practical and comfortable sedan, in addition to being affordable. If you can score a newer model, safety features such as a standard rearview camera are included, which provides even more value. You might even find conveniences such as Bluetooth connectivity.
3. Hyundai Elantra
The Elantra, popular among budget-conscious drivers, goes the distance with fuel economy as well. The 2016 model, which features a 173-horsepower engine, delivers 28 MPG city and 38 MPG highway. Newer hybrid models go even higher than that. Overall, the compact sedan provides generous passenger and cargo space and comes in various trims and with many options (the 2016 Elantra includes sport and hatchback models), so you’re bound to find a used Hyundai Elantra that suits all your needs.
4. Chevrolet Volt
The Chevy Volt is a five-door hatchback that, as of 2017, is available as a hybrid with 42 combined MPG. Operating solely on electric, the battery can get you up to 238 miles on a single charge (this increased to 259 miles for the 2020 model). The vehicle has multiple driving modes, meaning you can seamlessly switch between engine and electric battery power. It has lots of room for cargo and storage as well, given its tall design and generous interior space.
5. Kia Optima Hybrid
The midsize sedan comfortably fits five passengers. Run on a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor, the Kia Optima Hybrid also integrates a six-speed automatic transmission. The 2017 model, available in two trim levels, has a combined 42 MPG, which breaks down to 39 MPG city and 46 MPG highway. It offers a smooth, comfortable ride so you can enjoy a drive on any day.
Shop for the Best Cars at Hawthorne Auto Square
Hawthorne Auto Square is open so you can find affordable used cars during the coronavirus pandemic. We have enhanced our sanitizing procedures and are following social distancing procedures recommended by the CDC. If you are searching for fuel-efficient used cars, our car dealership has a large inventory of low-mileage, rigorously inspected vehicles. We have flexible in-house financing programs and offer a 30-day, 1,000-mile warranty (extended warranty options are also available). Visit our Hawthorne showroom today or call us at 866-707-7664 to learn more.