Jun
05
Fuel Economy Champions

The Mitsubishi Mirage, Honda Fit, and Mazda 6 are among are top-ten most fuel-efficient test cars of 2015–so far.

At Consumer Guide, we take pride in not simply reporting the fuel-economy number provided by a given test-vehicle’s trip computer. Instead, we buy our own gas and do the math.

We readily admit that there are many variables that can affect the outcome of our testing, and we do not claim that these mileage figures be used for anything but comparative research. As the auto ads note, “Your mileage may vary.”

What we do claim is that our mileage results represent a realistic prediction of the fuel economy that commuters in city and suburban environments are likely to experience.

As a rule, at least two Consumer Guide editors evaluate each test vehicle, though as many as four may log mileage in a given car or truck.

Of the 2015- and 2016-model-year vehicles we have fully evaluated thus far, these 10 proved the most fuel efficient. We will update this list later in the year to include more new vehicles that prove miserly with a gallon of fuel.

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Toyota Prius v: 47.1 MPG

2015 Prius v

2015 Toyota Prius v

Engine/Transmission: 1.8-liter 4-cylinder with electric hybrid assist/CVT automatic

Miles Driven: 429

Fuel Used (gallons): 9.1

EPA Estimates (City/Highway/Combined): 40/44/42

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Volkswagen Jetta TDI: 39.5 MPG

2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

Engine/Transmission: 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbodiesel/automatic

Miles Driven: 253

Fuel Used (gallons): 6.4

EPA Estimates (City/Highway/Combined): 31/45/36

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Mitsubishi Mirage: 38.0 MPG

2015 Mitsubishi Mirage

2015 Mitsubishi Mirage

Engine/Transmission: 1.2-liter 3-cylinder/CVT Automatic

Miles Driven: 376

Fuel Used (gallons): 9.9

EPA Estimates (City/Highway/Combined): 37/44/40

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Volkswagen Golf TDI: 35.4 MPG

2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI

2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI

Engine/Transmission: 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbodiesel/automatic

Miles Driven: 203

Fuel Used (gallons): 5.7

EPA Estimates (City/Highway/Combined): 30/45/36

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Toyota Yaris: 34.8 MPG

2015 Toyota Yaris

2015 Toyota Yaris

Engine/Transmission: 1.5-liter 4-cylinder/automatic

Miles Driven: 777

Fuel Used (gallons): 22.3

EPA Estimates (City/Highway/Combined): 30/36/32

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Mazda 6 i: 32.4 MPG

2016 mazda 6

2016 Mazda 6

Engine/Transmission: 2.5-liter 4-cylinder/automatic

Miles Driven: 893

Fuel Used (gallons): 27.5

EPA Estimates (City/Highway/Combined): 28/40/32

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Mazda 3 i: 32 MPG

Mazda 3 i Touring

2015 Mazda 3 i Touring

Engine/Transmission: 2.0-liter 4-cylinder/automatic

Miles Driven: 407

Fuel Used (gallons): 12.7

EPA Estimates (City/Highway/Combined): 31/41/34

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Honda Fit: 30.7 MPG

2015 Honda Fit

2015 Honda Fit

Engine/Transmission: 1.5-liter 4-cylinder/CVT automatic

Miles Drive: 276

Fuel Used (gallons): 9.0

EPA Estimates (City/Highway/Combined): 32/38/35

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Toyota Avalon Hybrid: 30.1 MPG

2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

Engine/Transmission: 3.5-liter V6 with electric hybrid assist: CVT automatic

Miles Driven: 89

Fuel Used (gallons): 2.9

EPA Estimates (City/Highway/Combined): 40/39/40

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Subaru WRX: 28.3 MPG

2015 Subaru WRX

2015 Subaru WRX

Engine/Transmission: 2.0-literturbocharged 4-cylinder/CVT automatic

Miles Driven: 408

Fuel Used (gallons): 14.4

EPA Estimates (City/Highway/Combined): 21/28/24

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