Guzzle or Sip? Best Cars for Fuel Economy (Plus Top Vehicles for Seniors)

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Are you in the market for a new car? If you’re looking for a vehicle that’s easy on the wallet, especially when it comes to fuel economy, then you’re in luck.

Consumer Reports tested a number of cars and ranked them according to the best and worst gas mileage. Here are some of CR’s top-ranked cars according to how they sip gas:

  • Ford Fiesta SE – 35 mpg overall.
  • Honda Civic Hybrid — 40 mpg.
  • Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE – 38 mpg.
  • Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited – 36 mpg.
  • Ford C-MAX Hybrid SE – 37 mph.
  • Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid — 28 mpg.
  • Lexus RX 450h — 26 mpg.
  • Toyota Tacoma (base, V6) – 17 mpg.

If fuel economy is important to you, you might want to pass on these gas-guzzling vehicles, CR said:

  • Volkswagen Gold 2.5 — 24 mpg.
  • Chevrolet SS — 17 mpg.
  • Lincoln Navigator Ultimate — 13 mpg.
  • Cadillac Escalade (base) — 13 mpg.

Click here for a full list of vehicles, including all sizes of cars and SUVs, plus minivans and trucks, that CR has ranked according to the best and worst gas mileage.

If you’re looking for a senior-friendly vehicle – one that scores well for access, visibility, front-seat comfort, driving position, and controls, then you might want to check out CR’s list of top-rated senior vehicles.

Here are five of CR’s top 10 cars for seniors:

  • 2014 Chevrolet Impala. “Interior quiet and ride comfort rival some luxury sedans,” CR said.
  • 2008-2014 Honda Accord. CR said the Accord is “generously accommodating for the driver,” even for tall drivers. Good visibility and improved fuel economy also make it a winner.
  • 2009-2015 Subaru Forester. “No car is better designed for the older driver, or any driver who values easy access and great outward visibility, than the Subaru Forester,” CR said. Need we say more?
  • 2004-2014 Toyota Highlander. Easy access, good visibility and improved handling help the Highlander stand out from its competition.
  • 2011-2014 Chrysler 300. CR said the 300 is quiet, rides well and has an easy-to-use touch-screen system.

Click here for CR’s list of the top 10 cars for seniors.

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  • Carlos Demattos

    Don’t forget the Geo Metro or especially the first generation Honda Insights. I didn’t even see the Prius mentioned. Hmmm….

    • Jason

      It is odd that the author decided not to include the Prius since all 4 models rank highly in Consumer Reports hatchback category.

  • Y2KJillian

    Our 1994 Kia Sephia gets an average of 33 mpg…whether it was supposed to or not, it does, and
    we’re very reluctant to trade it in–it still runs fine! We do keep it mechanically sound and the tires
    well-inflated and we try to limit excess weight (well, luggage, junk, etc…we can’t do much about
    my butt.)
    Jillian

  • Phillip McMurran

    I had a 92 Dodge Colt paid 8k for it new and it got 32 city and 38 hiway . I just sold it with 278,000 miles. To bad they can’t make cares like that anymore.

    • Jason

      If this was just a post to say “remember the good old days” then ignore the following.

      They do make cars that that today. The most fuel efficient 1992 Dodge Colt was the 4 speed manual and according to http://www.fueleconomy.gov was rated at 31 city, 36 highway for a combined 33 mpg. That is the original rating but in 2008 the EPA changed their formula for fuel economy ratings and the Colt’s EPA rating was revised to 27/29/33. I searched http://www.fueleconomy.gov and found 109 2014 vehicles with combined fuel economy ratings of 33 mpg or better.

      The price is a bit more difficult, no doubt cars are expensive. $8000 in 1992 is equal to $13,590 today. That is not a lot to purchase a car but is still doable. The 2014 Nissan Versa S starts at $11,990 for the 5 speed manual and is rated at 30 mpg. It also has A/C, 6 airbags, ABS and stability control, and bluetooth. A jump to the S Plus model adds $2000, some more creature comforts, and an automatic transmission that jumps fuel economy to 35 mpg.