Sedans with the Best Gas Mileage
Sedans with the Best Gas Mileage
One of the most compelling reasons to opt for a sedan over a sports car or SUV is that sedans tend to have good fuel economy. By opting for an alternative fuel or hybrid sedan, you can drastically cut your gas bill. And with car companies working to introduce new fuel-saving technologies into gasoline engines, you can get a sedan that has good performance and fuel-sipping habits without feeling like your car is something out of the space program.
Sedan Fuel Economy and You
With all the new technology available to help improve sedan fuel economy, it’s easy to remember that one of the biggest factors that determines the kind of fuel economy your car gets is you. There’s a reason that fuel-economy ratings are just estimates and that your car company and the EPA tell you that your mileage will vary: it will!
To maximize your fuel economy, avoid hard maneuvers that rob your car of momentum and force it to work harder to get back up to speed. If you see a light turn red down the road, don’t accelerate towards it. Instead, take your foot off the gas and coast to it. You’ll keep your car’s momentum going, and who knows? By the time you get to the light it might have turned green and you won’t have to stop at all. Either way, you’ll have saved gas.
You can also save gas by keeping extra weight out of your car. Extra weight and wind resistance force your car’s engine to work harder. So, once ski season is over, take the snowboard rack off your car (ditto for your bike and kayak racks). Try to avoid carrying extras in your trunk that you don’t need.
The most well-known hybrids on the market, the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight, are hatchbacks. But flying under the radar are hybrid sedans that, on the whole, offer more comfortable cabins and better passenger space. If you need a comfortable environment but want to go green, a hybrid sedan is the way to do it.
One of the best-liked and most affordable hybrid sedans is the Ford Fusion Hybrid. It gets an EPA-estimated 41 mpg in the city and 36 on the highway. The Fusion Hybrid also boasts a comfortable cabin with high-tech features like Ford’s SYNC system. If you want a slightly nicer cabin, you can go for the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. The two cars share many components, but the Lincoln is more upscale.
If you want a slightly sportier hybrid, check out the Nissan Altima Hybrid. Its fuel economy ratings (35/33, city/highway) can’t match the Fusion Hybrid’s, and the Nissan Altima Hybrid is only available in select states, but it has a sportier driving experience and a more aggressive look that may appeal to some buyers. Earning just two mpg less than the Nissan Altima is the Toyota Camry Hybrid. The Toyota Camry Hybrid is available in all states and has a cabin that’s more upscale than its $26,000 price tag would suggest. If budget is your primary concern, check out the Honda Civic Hybrid. It’s a smaller car, but by compromising on passenger space you’ll save about $3,000 over the Camry and get a better fuel economy rating. The Honda Civic Hybrid is estimated to get 40 mpg in the city and 43 on the highway.
If you want a luxury hybrid and don’t like the Lincoln MKZ hybrid, take a look at the Lexus HS Hybrid. Based in large part on the technology behind the Toyota Prius, the HS Hybrid gets 35 mpg in the city and 34 on the highway. That’s not as good as what the MKZ Hybrid gets, but if you want a brand with more status, you’ll probably prefer the Lexus.