Best Gas Mileage Cars

Most Fuel-Efficient Cars for 2020
January 9th, 2020

Best Gas Mileage Cars for 2020

While buyer trends have shifted toward larger SUVs over the last decade, demand for fuel-efficient cars has remained strong. Even as cars have become heavier, advancements in powertrain technologies mean that today's cars are more efficient than yesteryear's. Edmunds has compiled a list of the most fuel-efficient cars — including those with traditional and plug-in hybrid powertrains — across a variety of body styles to help interested shoppers save money and reduce their carbon footprint.


Most Fuel-Efficient Sedans

2020 Mitsubishi Mirage G4

Starting price (including destination fee and required floor mats):
$16,135 (manual transmission)
EV range:
35 mpg combined (33 city/40 highway)
Fuel economy (CVT automatic):
37 mpg combined (35 city/41 highway)
EPA range:
322 miles (manual) - 340 miles (CVT)
Annual fuel cost:
$1,050 (CVT) - $1,100 (manual)

2020 Hyundai Accent

Starting price (including destination fee):
$16,125 (manual transmission)
Fuel economy (manual):
33 mpg combined (29 city/39 highway)
Fuel economy (CVT automatic):
36 mpg combined (33 city/41 highway)
EPA range:
393 miles (manual) - 428 miles (CVT)
Annual fuel cost:
$1,100 (CVT) - $1,150 (manual)

2020 Honda Civic

Starting price (including destination fee):
$24,630 (EX)
Fuel economy:
36 mpg combined (32 city/42 highway)
EPA range:
446 miles
Annual fuel cost:
$1,100

2020 Toyota Camry

Starting price (including destination fee):
$25,250 (L)
Fuel economy (L):
34 mpg combined (29 city/41 highway)
EPA range:
537 miles (L)
Annual fuel cost:
$1,150 (L)

2020 Honda Accord

Starting price (including destination fee):
$24,800 (LX)
Fuel economy (LX):
33 mpg combined (30 city/38 highway)
EPA range:
488 miles (LX)
Annual fuel cost:
$1,150 (LX)

2020 Nissan Altima

Starting price (including destination fee):
$25,025
Fuel economy:
32 mpg combined (28 city/39 highway)
EPA range:
518 miles
Annual fuel cost:
$1,200

Most Fuel-Efficient Coupes

2020 Honda Civic

Starting price (including destination fee):
$24,430 (EX)
Fuel economy:
35 mpg combined (31 city/40 highway)
EPA range:
434 miles
Annual fuel cost:
$1,100

2020 BMW 4 Series

Starting price (including destination fee):
$45,945
Fuel economy (manual):
25 mpg combined (21 city/33 highway)
Fuel economy (automatic):
27 mpg combined (23 city/34 highway)
EPA range:
395 miles (manual) - 427 miles (automatic)
Annual fuel cost:
$1,800 (automatic) - $1,950 (manual)

2020 Subaru BRZ

Starting price (including destination fee):
$29,745 (manual transmission)
Fuel economy (manual):
24 mpg combined (21 city/29 highway)
Fuel economy (automatic):
27 mpg combined (24 city/33 highway)
EPA range:
317 miles (manual) - 356 miles (automatic)
Annual fuel cost:
$1,800 (automatic) - $2,050 (manual)

Most Fuel-Efficient Hatchbacks

2020 Mitsubishi Mirage

Starting price (including destination fee and required tonneau cover and floor mats):
$15,265 (manual transmission)
Fuel economy (manual):
36 mpg combined (33 city/41 highway)
Fuel economy (CVT automatic):
39 mpg combined (36 city/43 highway)
EPA range:
331 miles (manual) - 359 miles (CVT)
Annual fuel cost:
$1,000 (CVT) - $1,100 (manual)

2020 Kia Rio

Starting price (including destination fee):
$17,615
Fuel economy:
36 mpg combined (33 city/41 highway)
EPA range:
428 miles
Annual fuel cost:
$1,100

2019 Honda Fit

Starting price (including destination fee):
$17,120 (manual transmission)
Fuel economy (manual):
31 mpg combined (29 city/36 highway)
Fuel economy (CVT automatic):
36 mpg combined (33 city/40 highway)
EPA range:
329 miles (manual) - 382 miles (CVT)
Annual fuel cost:
$1,100 (CVT) - $1,250 (manual)

2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

Starting price (including destination fee):
$21,245 (manual transmission)
Fuel economy (manual):
31 mpg combined (28 city/37 highway)
Fuel economy (CVT automatic):
35 mpg combined (32 city/41 highway)
EPA range:
409 miles (manual) - 462 miles (CVT)
Annual fuel cost:
$1,100 (CVT) - $1,250 (manual)

Most Fuel-Efficient Hybrids

2019 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

Starting price (including destination fee):
$23,330 (Blue)
Fuel economy:
58 mpg combined (57 city/59 highway)
EPA range:
690 miles
Annual fuel cost:
$650

2020 Toyota Prius

Starting price (including destination fee):
$25,155 (L Eco)
Fuel economy:
56 mpg combined (58 city/53 highway)
EPA range:
633 miles
Annual fuel cost:
$700

2020 Honda Insight

Starting price (including destination fee):
$23,860
Fuel economy:
52 mpg combined (55 city/49 highway)
EPA range:
551 miles
Annual fuel cost:
$750

Most Fuel-Efficient Plug-In Hybrids

2020 Toyota Prius Prime

Starting price (including destination fee):
$28,705
Electric-only range:
25 miles
Fuel economy:
54 mpg combined
EPA range:
640 miles
Annual fuel cost:
$600

2020 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid

Starting price (including destination fee):
$27,230
Electric-only range:
29 miles
Fuel economy:
52 mpg combined
EPA range:
630 miles
Annual fuel cost:
$650

2019 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid

Starting price (including destination fee):
$29,545
Electric-only range:
26 miles
Fuel economy:
46 mpg combined
EPA range:
560 miles
Annual fuel cost:
$700

Next Steps

From plug-in hybrids to traditional gas-only vehicles, there's a wide variety of fuel-efficient cars suitable for any budget. The smallest and lightest are generally the most efficient, and even though they're more expensive initially, automatic transmissions help save on fuel costs in the long run. Use this guide, along with other shopping tools on Edmunds, to help you find a fuel-sipping car to fit your lifestyle.


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As you might expect, the most fuel-efficient vehicles are generally the smallest and lightest cars. The 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage — with its tiny three-cylinder engine, subcompact size and no-frills interior — achieves 39 mpg combined when equipped with the continuously variable automatic transmission. In the world of hybrids, the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid is rated at a staggering 58 mpg in its ultra-efficient Blue trim. Learn More
The Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback takes the cake in the fuel-sipping showdown; it's rated at 39 mpg in the EPA's combined cycle, and the Mirage G4 sedan is close behind at 37 mpg. Several small cars are rated at 36 mpg combined, but the most surprising is the 2020 Honda Civic. Its turbocharged 1.5-liter is tremendously efficient but also produces class-leading acceleration numbers. Learn More
While cars equipped with manual transmissions are generally less expensive than those with automatics, they are also less efficient. Buyers will have to weigh spending more up front for the automatic against saving money on fuel in the long run. The Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback equipped with the continuously variable automatic transmission is one of the least expensive cars on the market at $16,465, and it earns a rating of 39 mpg in the combined cycle. The CVT automatic-equipped Mirage G4 sedan is slightly more expensive, with a list price of $17,435 and 37 mpg combined. At $17,225, the CVT automatic-equipped Hyundai Accent is next, achieving 36 mpg combined. The Kia Rio hits the same 36 mpg target, but it is slightly pricier at $17,615. Learn More
The most significant way to get dramatically better gas mileage is also one of the hardest: altering your driving style. In our tests, we've found that accelerating slowly from a stop can reduce fuel consumption by 30% or more. Driving at lower speeds also helps, as does using cruise control on the highway, which helps reduce the variability of your driving style. Many new cars come equipped with an automatic engine stop-start feature, which shuts off the engine at idle. Edmunds tests have shown a 3%-10% reduction in fuel consumption depending on the car. Learn More