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The New Cars With the Best Gas Mileage You Can Buy Today

With gas prices in flux, these cars won't need filled up as often.

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Owning a car affords you freedom, something we all cherish here in the ol' United States of America—but with fuel prices in flux, that freedom might not be all that affordable. Gas prices could go up or down tomorrow, and even if they plummet in the coming weeks, there's always the chance that global conflicts, supply issues, demand, or a butterfly flapping its wings thousands of miles away could send them skyrocketing again.

Instead of having to worry about that as much as the next car owner, why not set yourself up to fill up less often (and for less money) by buying a car that is more efficient in using each drop of gasoline? Here are the 10 most fuel efficient cars by their EPA combined number (a weighted average of their city and highway fuel economy), which is a good indicator of a vehicle's real-world efficiency in mixed driving.

Not a single non-hybrid vehicle makes the cut, and the lowest combined mile-per-gallon figure is still higher than 50 mpg. The top three on our list have an EPA estimated annual fuel cost of under $1,000, too. You'll also find that Hyundai and Toyota take the most spots with four cars each, with only Honda and Kia breaking up the pair with one each. This also means that no American or European cars made this list, though manufacturers in those countries are mostly concentrating on full-electric power over hybrid and plug-in hybrid options, not to mention trucks and SUVs. This list is limited to cars only, but if you must have something taller, more capable, and/or roomier, we've also gathered up the SUVS and trucks with the best gas mileage.

10. 2022 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid | 52 mpg

The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid features a 2.0-liter I-4 engine paired with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery. Total system output comes to 192 hp, which is routed to the front wheels through a conventional six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy tops out at 50/54 mpg city/highway on the entry-level Blue trim and 45/51 mpg on other, more richly equipped trim levels. It also receives a five-star overall rating by the NHTSA and earns an IIHS Top Safety Pick award. All of this practicality and sensibility is wrapped in a stylish wrapper—most onlookers wouldn't guess you're driving an ultra-efficient hybrid.

10. 2022 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Pros, Cons, and Specs

Pros: Good fuel economy and a quiet cabin.
Cons: Grabby brakes and no AWD option.

Specifications
Base Price: $28,245
Available Engines:  2.0L I-4 (150 hp, 139 lb-ft); elec motor (51 hp, 151 lb-ft); 192 hp combined
Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined): 45-50/51-54/47-52 mpg
Trunk space: 16 cu ft

9. 2022 Toyota Camry Hybrid | 52 mpg

The 2022 Toyota Camry Hybrid is one of the midsize hybrid sedan segment's mainstays, doing battle with the aforementioned Sonata as well as Honda's Accord hybrid. The current generation debuted for the 2018 model year and received a few updates for 2022. As you'd expect, the 2022 Camry Hybrid boasts significant improvements in fuel economy over the standard Camry, although front-wheel-drive remains the only drivetrain configuration.

9. 2022 Toyota Camry Hybrid Pros, Cons, and Specs

Pros: Great fuel economy, strong safety ratings, many available trims.
Cons: So-so interior and not fun to drive.

Specifications
Base Price: $28,505
Available Engines: 2.5L I-4 (176 hp, 163 lb-ft); elec motor (118 hp, 149 lb-ft); 208 hp combined
Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined): 44-51/47-52/46-52 mpg
Trunk space: 15 cu ft

8. 2022 Toyota Corolla Hybrid | 52 mpg

Often overlooked in the expansive Corolla lineup, which includes a hatchback and even a new SUV version (the new Corolla Cross), is the humble Corolla Hybrid, a sedan that stands out for its stellar fuel economy and low price. Previously offered sans any frills, the compact hybrid sedan last year received a new optional Premium Interior package with SofTex faux leather upholstery, heated front seats, leather-trimmed steering wheel, and a power driver seat with lumbar support. Even fully loaded, the Corolla hybrid only costs around $25,000, less than an equivalent Prius with which it shares its powertrain, and it is far less strange looking than that iconic hybrid.

8. 2022 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Pros, Cons, and Specs

Pros: High efficiency, great visibility, and smooth power delivery.
Cons: Dull steering, too much road noise, and the brakes feel a little unnatural.

Specifications
Base Price: $24,775
Available Engines: 1.8L I-4 (96 hp, 105 lb-ft); elec motor (71 hp, 120 lb-ft); 121 hp combined
Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined): 53/52/52 mpg
Trunk space: 13 cu ft

7. 2022 Honda Insight | 52 mpg

The original Insight was a tiny, tadpole-shaped maximum-efficiency pod; the following generation was a larger albeit less interesting Prius alternative that Honda discontinued in 2014. For 2019, Honda resurrected the Insight as a sleek, Civic-based sedan for fuel-economy-minded buyers who wanted something a little more stylish and a lot more luxurious than a Toyota Prius. In addition to the popular Prius, the Insight competes with a wide range of other mainstream hybrid cars including the Hyundai Elantra Hybrid, Kia Niro, and Toyota Corolla Hybrid. For the 2022 model year, Honda has discontinued the entry-level LX, the Insight's base trim, pushing the price northward slightly.

7. 2022 Honda Insight Pros, Cons, and Specs

Pros: Smooth ride, strong safety scores, and smart interior packaging.
Cons: Unrefined transmission and not as efficient as the non-PHEV Prius.

Specifications
Base Price: $26,775
Available Engines: 1.5L I-4 (107 hp, 99 lb-ft); elec motor (129 hp, 197 lb-ft); 152 hp combined
Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined): 51-55/45-49/48-52 mpg
Trunk space: 15 cu ft

6. 2022 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid | 54 mpg

Better late than never. Hyundai brought an Elantra Hybrid to market for the first time in 2021 to compete against the Honda Insight and Toyota Corolla Hybrid. For the 2022 model year, the compact hybrid sedan sees no changes. The Elantra is one of our favorite compact sedans, and the hybrid is a worthy addition to the lineup with its efficient and refined ride and peppy powertrain. Inside, drivers and passengers will enjoy a spacious cabin and even the base model is well equipped, featuring an 8.0-inch touchscreen with wireless smartphone connectivity. Excessive plastics take away from an otherwise attractive interior.

6. 2022 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid Pros, Cons, and Specs

Pros: Stellar fuel economy, refined ride and a spacious interior.
Cons: The spacious interior is filled with cheap materials and that refined ride isn't thrilling to drive.

Specifications
Base Price: $24,895
Available Engines: 1.6L I-4 (104 hp, 109 lb-ft); elec motor (43 hp, 125 lb-ft); 139 hp combined
Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined): 49-53/52-56/50-54 mpg
Trunk space: 14 cu ft

5. 2022 Toyota Prius | 56 mpg

The Prius is the model that helped popularize hybrid vehicles, and although the segment has come a long way in the last 20 years, the funky Toyota hatchback is still a formidable competitor. For the 2022 model year, the fourth-generation Prius gets a new Nightshade Special Edition that adds a small amount of visual menace to the otherwise mainstream compact. The Prius ranges from the very efficient Eco to the AWD model, for an impressive range of options in this class.

5. 2022 Toyota Prius Pros, Cons, and Specs

Pros: Outstanding cargo space, available AWD, and the original hybrid vehicle.
Cons: Trails the segment in horsepower, lackluster exterior design, 11.6 inch screen difficult to use.

Specifications
Base Price: $25,650
Available Engines: 1.8L I-4 (96 hp, 105 lb-ft); elec motor (71 hp, 120 lb-ft); 121 hp combined
Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined): 51-58/47-53/49-56 mpg
Trunk space: 27 cu ft

4. 2022 Hyundai Ioniq | 59 mpg

Looking for a compelling Toyota Prius alternative? Hyundai introduced a line of compact hatchbacks under the Ioniq name, including this hybrid, as well as plug-in hybrid and all-electric models, for the 2017 model year. The Ioniq wears a similar shape to the Prius, but with more normal-looking styling inside and out and, get this, even better fuel economy than Toyota's hybrid mainstay. For the 2022 model year, Hyundai has discontinued the Ioniq Electric, citing the availability of the Kona Electric and the electric Ioniq 5.

4. 2022 Hyundai Ioniq Pros, Cons, and Specs

Pros: Excellent fuel economy, good handling, and a true Toyota Prius alternative
Cons: Slow acceleration and built-in engineering compromises.

Specifications
Base Price: $24,645
Available Engines: 1.6L I-4 (104 hp, 109 lb-ft); elec motor (43 hp, 125 lb-ft); 139 hp combined
Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined): 54-58/57-60/55-59 mpg
Cargo Space: 27 cu ft

3. 2022 Kia Niro PHEV | 105 mpg-e

The 2022 Kia Niro returns to provide a hybrid for the masses. Like the Hyundai Ioniq and the Toyota Prius, the Niro is available as either a traditional hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or a full EV. The Niro is hardly exciting to drive, but it offers good cabin space and decent value for a hybrid, not to mention pseudo-SUV-ish proportions and cabin space. The plug-in is the only Niro to make this list, but even the regular hybrid model nabs a 50-mpg combined EPA rating.

3. 2022 Kia Niro PHEV Pros, Cons, and Specs

Pros: Efficient in every form, spacious rear seat, and not too expensive.
Cons: Unrefined powertrain, mushy braking, and no AWD.

Specifications
Base Price: $25,905
Available Engines: 1.6L I-4 (104 hp, 109 lb-ft); elec motor (60 hp, 125 lb-ft); 139 hp combined
Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined): 46-53/40-48/43-50 mpg, 105 mpg-e
Trunk space: 19 cu ft

2. 2022 Hyundai Ioniq PHEV | 119 mpg-e

Looking for a Toyota Prius Prime alternative? As outlined earlier in this list, Hyundai offers a line of compact hatchbacks under the Ioniq name, including this plug-in hybrid. The Ioniq launched in the 2017 model year with hybrid and electric variants, followed by a plug-in hybrid shortly after. For the 2022 model year, Hyundai has discontinued the Ioniq Electric, citing the availability of the Kona Electric and the electric Ioniq 5. The plug-in, like the hybrid, shares its powertrain with Kia's Niro family.

2. 2022 Hyundai Ioniq PHEV Pros, Cons, and Specs

Pros: Excellent fuel economy, good handling, and a true Toyota Prius alternative
Cons: Slow acceleration and built-in engineering compromises.

Specifications
Base Price: $27,845
Available Engines: 1.6L I-4 (104 hp, 109 lb-ft); elec motor (60 hp, 125 lb-ft); 139 hp combined
Fuel Economy: 119 mpg-e/52 mpg combined cycle
Trunk space: 27 cu ft

1. 2022 Toyota Prius Prime | 133 mpg-e

Toyota developed the Prius Prime with the singular purpose of maximizing fuel economy, and it succeeds in its mission as one of the most fuel-efficient gas-fed vehicle on sale right now. The second-generation plug-in Prius arrived for the 2017 model year and continues into 2022 with minor updates. Toyota's PHEV remains a compelling option for those looking to save money at the gas pump thanks to its 133 mpg-e and EPA rated 25 miles of electric-only driving range. Unfortunately, unlike the Prius, the Prime doesn't come with an AWD option and cargo space is reduced due to its larger onboard battery.

1. 2022 Toyota Prius Prime Pros, Cons, and Specs

Pros: Excellent fuel economy, usable EV range, and comprehensive standard features.
Cons: Battery placement reduces cargo space, sluggish acceleration, and tight rear-seat headroom.

Specifications
Base Price: $29,245
Available Engines: 1.8L I-4 (96 hp, 105 lb-ft); elec motor (71 hp, 120 lb-ft); 121 hp combined
Fuel Economy: 133 mpg-e/54 mpg combined cycle
Trunk space: 20 cu ft

The Most Fuel Efficient Cars You Can Buy, Right Now

  • 2022 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid | 52 MPG
  • 2022 Toyota Camry Hybrid | 52 MPG
  • 2022 Toyota Corolla Hybrid | 52 MPG
  • 2022 Honda Insight | 52 MPG
  • 2022 Hyundai Elantra | 54 MPG
  • 2022 Toyota Prius | 56 MPG
  • 2022 Hyundai Ioniq | 59 MPG
  • 2022 Kia Niro PHEV | 105 MPGe
  • 2022 Hyundai Ioniq PHEV | 119 MPGe
  • 2022 Toyota Prius Prime | 133 MPGe