Automakers are well on their way toward meeting general regulations requiring that autos get 54.5 mpg by 2025. In particular, more than half of this year’s heroes get more than 23 mpg and almost 12 percent top 30 mpg. And deduction what? None gets less than 13 mpg. Things like turbocharging and right injection, coupled with the rising demand for hybrid and electric vehicles, play a significant role in this.
That said, most of the today’s cars fall well short of the all-time famous when it comes to sipping fuel. We’ve dug up the top ten most fuel-efficient cars in the world, not counting cheating hybrids or electrics. We also omitted diesel-powered vehicles, because the oil has more energy satisfied. “It’s not apples to apples, and not the same if you’re thinking about it on an energy basis,” said Dr. David Cooke, a wheels forecaster for the Union of Concerned Scientists.
It’s worth noting that these are the most fuel efficient cars. They’re as light on facilities as they are long on efficiency. Several of them are from the 1980s and by, and not one of them is going to get any beauty contests. On the opposite hand, driving a used Geo Metro gets you more eco-cred than buying a new Toyota Prius, and you will probably be a whole lot less smug about it, too.
List of Top Ten Most Fuel Efficient Cars in The World 2016 Ranking
10. 2011-2012 Lexus CT200h
The CT200h is Lexus’s second hybrid-only model. This one’s attuned for more responsive driving but still delivers, apparently, decent economy.
9. 2012 Toyota Prius v
The Prius v replies extra cargo room and sliding rear seats to the “regular” Prius for larger cargo space and flexibility. For the history, it’s marked “vee,” not “five.”
8. 1994-1995 Honda Civic VX hatchback
Honda dominates this list, in part, because it there is so many other versions of the Civic that each qualifies for free inclusion. The EPA placed a model name only once unless the form was redesigned in a way that put it into another size class.
7. 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
The new Civic Hybrid is a heavier and safer car than the old CRX HF. With back seats, it’s more practical too. All that extra power means it needs to rely on Honda’s hybrid system to make fuel economy that gets close to what the older car got.
6. Honda Civic CRX HF
This little two-seat version of the Honda Civic, the base model of the CRX line-up, was all about fuel conservation. In its day, the car blew EPA-rated 57 mpg highway mileage but improved testing procedures introduced in 2008 lowered that figure.
5. 1989 Geo Metro
This car was a new generation of the Chevrolet Sprint, sold here the short-lived Geo brand.
4. 1986 Chevrolet Sprint ER
First a rebranded Suzuki, the Sprint relied on high power and a tiny engine to produce maximum efficiency. As cars grew and added more safety features, it would be tough to match this kind of fuel economics without relying on gas/electric composite technology.
3. 2010-2012 Toyota Prius
The Prius has left from being a niche producer for “green” geeks to being one of Toyota’s most famous models, accounting for half of all hybrid car sales in America
2. 2000 Honda Insight
The 2000 Honda Insight was a 2-seat hybrid with a 5-speed physical transmission. When it go on sale, Consumer Reports magazine did not think much of it, calling the Insight cramped, noisy and uncomfortable. All ammunition economy figures in this list have been adjusted to reflect new testing methods introduced in 2008 that produced in lower, but more practical, numbers for most vehicles.
1. 2011-2012 Chevrolet Volt
Engines and devices have gotten a lot more energy efficient since 1984. But, over the same time, autos have gotten bigger and heavier as safety and comfort have become more powerful selling points. That’s why this list includes a mixture of old vehicles with tiny engines and newer hybrids and plug-in combinations like the Volt.
The DOE chose to exclude classic plug-in cars from this list, so General Motors’ plug-in Volt that has a gasoline engine comes out on top based on its EPA-estimated 60 miles per gallon in joint electric and gas driving. In reality, the value depends largely on how frequently the battery is charged and how far the car goes on charges.