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When my parents got their first Prius, my dad thought he was so cool because he could get 40-plus miles per gallon.
Fast-forward a decade or so, and 40 mpg is still impressive fuel economy. Owning such a car is bound to help any driver cut the rising cost of gas. But these days, there are also vehicles that get double or even triple that fuel economy.
In fact, citing the Car Book published by the nonprofit Center for Auto Safety, MoneyWatch reports that cars from the 2018 model year get as much as 136 mpg, or the equivalent.
Following are 13 examples of 2018 vehicles that get more than 50 mpg or the equivalent based on their combined city/highway ratings from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
In some cases, this fuel efficiency rating is expressed in the traditional “mpg.” In the case of vehicles that don’t run on liquid fuel, such as electric vehicles, the EPA rating is expressed in “MPGe,” which is short for “miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent.”
The EPA explains:
“Think of this as being similar to MPG, but instead of presenting miles per gallon of the vehicle’s fuel type, it represents the number of miles the vehicle can go using a quantity of fuel with the same energy content as a gallon of gasoline. This allows a reasonable comparison between vehicles using different fuels.”
- Hyundai Ioniq Electric: 136 MPGe
- Tesla Model 3: 130 MPGe
- Chevrolet Bolt EV: 119 MPGe
- BMW i3: 118 MPGe
- Fiat 500e: 112 MPGe
- Nissan Leaf: 112 MPGe
- Kia Soul Electric: 108 MPGe
- Chevrolet Volt: 106 MPGe
- Tesla Model S 75D: 103 MPGe
- Tesla Model X 75D: 92 MPGe
- Toyota Prius Eco: 56 mpg
- Toyota Prius: 52 mpg
- Toyota Camry Hybrid LE: 52 mpg
At the other end of the spectrum are 2018 models like the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, which the Car Book called out for its measly combined city/highway rating of 13 mpg.
If you’re curious how the fuel efficiency of your current car or next car of choice compares, check out the EPA’s fuel economy website. The “Find a Car” search tool will show you ratings for a given vehicle.
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