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Sedans with the Best Gas Mileage

Sedans with the Best Gas MileageSedans 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.

Hybrid Sedans

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.

Gasoline Sedans with Great Fuel Economy

If you don’t want to pay the high upfront costs of a hybrid sedan, you can still get pretty good fuel economy by going for a gasoline model. Small sedans do the best here. The Toyota Yaris gets 29 mpg in the city and 36 on the highway. The Ford Fiesta earns an EPA fuel economy rating of 28 mpg in the city and 37 on the highway.

If you need more passenger space than what a small sedan offers, fuel economy will suffer.  But, if you shop right, it won’t suffer much. The Hyundai Sonata gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. The Honda Accord, which is so roomy inside that the EPA considers it a large car, gets 23 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.

Diesel Sedans

Diesel powered sedans are more common in Europe, but a few models have made their way to the U.S. Diesel engines are much cleaner than they used to be, and they get better fuel economy than gasoline engines do. Though diesel engines tend to not have great horsepower ratings, they do generate more torque than gasoline engines. Torque is the power the engine uses to accelerate -- so having more of it gives the car more get-up-and-go.

The Volkswagen Jetta has an available diesel engine that gets an EPA-estimated 30 mpg in the city and 42 on the highway. The BMW 335d is an upscale and sporty sedan with a diesel engine and a 23/36, city/highway fuel-economy rating.

Sedans with Great Fuel Economy

Model

City Miles Per Gallon

Highway Miles Per Gallon

Special Fuel-Saving Tech

Toyota Yaris

29

36

None

Ford Fiesta

28

37

None

Hyundai Sonata

24

35

Direct Injection

Honda Accord

23

33

Cylinder Deactivation (V6 models)

Ford Fusion Hybrid

41

36

Hybrid Powertrain

Toyota Camry Hybrid

31

35

Hybrid Powertrain

Honda Civic Hybrid

40

43

Hybrid Powertrain

Volkswagen Jetta

30

42

Diesel Engine

BMW 335d

23

36

Diesel Engine