Top 11 Wagons and Hatchbacks With the Best Highway Fuel Economy for 2013


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    2013 Toyota Prius

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Road trips offer the opportunity to savor rolling vistas and wide-open spaces. If you regularly enjoy road trips and are in the market for a car, there's probably one attribute that you value most: great highway fuel economy. This trait ensures that your scenic excursions will go easy on your wallet when it comes time to fill up at the pump.

The 11 picks that follow (our list is longer than the usual 10 due to ties) are the wagons and hatchbacks with the best highway fuel economy for 2013. Our list is dominated by hybrids. Even though hybrids tend to get better mileage in city driving, the current crop is also quite frugal on the highway. Hybrids like the Ford C-Max Hybrid, Honda Insight, Toyota Prius and Toyota Prius C made the cut. Diesel models are known for offering outstanding mileage on the freeway, and several diesel models also make an appearance. Diesel versions of the Audi A3, Volkswagen Beetle, Volkswagen Golf and Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen were all frugal enough to merit spots on our list. The sole gas-only model to make a showing is the Fiat 500, which gets 40 mpg on the highway when equipped with a manual transmission.

Note that electric cars were excluded since their limited range makes them impractical choices for many shoppers. Our fuel economy rankings are based on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) miles-per-gallon ratings for highway travel.

  1. 2013 Toyota Prius

    1. 2013 Toyota Prius — 48 mpg highway

  2. 2013 Toyota Prius c

    2. 2013 Toyota Prius c — 46 mpg highway

  3. 2013 Honda Insight

    3. 2013 Honda Insight — 44 mpg highway

  4. 2013 Audi A3 Diesel

    2013 Audi A3 Diesel — 42 mpg highway (tie)

  5. 2013 Volkswagen Golf Diesel

    2013 Volkswagen Golf Diesel — 42 mpg highway (tie)

  6. 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Diesel

    2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Diesel — 42 mpg highway (tie)

  7. 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Diesel

    5. 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Diesel — 41 mpg highway

  8. 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid

    6. 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid — 40 mpg highway (tie)

  9. 2013 Toyota Prius v

    2013 Toyota Prius v — 40 mpg highway (tie)

  10. 2013 Lexus CT 200h

    2013 Lexus CT 200h — 40 mpg highway (tie)

  11. 2013 Fiat 500

    2013 Fiat 500 — 40 mpg highway (tie)

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