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Ride in style with less stops at the pump!

Best High-MPG Cars | CarMax

Are you looking for a car that will get you great gas mileage? There are many options for vehicles that are great on gas and also stylish and functional. Whether you want a nice stereo system or modern tech features, you can find a car that has those qualities as well as excellent mpg. This list of high-mpg cars includes hybrids and traditional fuel-powered vehicles.

To help you on your search, we've compiled a list of the 11 best high-mpg cars for 2020 shoppers, based on CarMax sales data from May 1, 2019 through October 31, 2019 and using city and highway mpg data from fueleconomy.gov.1

  1. Tie: 2016-2018 Honda Civic
  2. Tie: 20162017 Chevrolet Cruze & 2016 Mazda 3
  3. Tie: 20172018 Nissan Versa
  4. 2016 Honda Civic (2WD 1.5L)
  5. Tie: 20172018 Ford Fusion Hybrid

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2016-2018 Honda Civic

Best High MPG Cars: 2018 Honda Civic | CarMax

2018 Honda Civic 2WD 2.0L 4 C Automatic

The 2018 Civic is available as a coupe, sedan, or hatchback, giving you a variety of options when choosing a body style that fits your needs. There are five trim levels available for each and the base-level 2.0L four-cylinder 158-horsepower engine with an automatic transmission and two-wheel drive gets an EPA-estimated 30 mpg city and 39 mpg highway.1

Standard features on the 2018 LX model include:

  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Back-up camera
  • Height-adjustable driver seat
  • Bluetooth®
Best High MPG Cars: 2017 Honda Civic | CarMax

2017 Honda Civic 2WD 2.0L 4 C Automatic

In 2017, the hatchback option was reintroduced to the Civic lineup. The hatchback option allows for 25.7 cubic feet of storage space and up to 46.2 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded flat, making it a great small car for people who need plenty of cargo space. For the base-level 2.0L, four-cylinder 158-horsepower engine, the 2017 Civic gets an EPA-estimated 30 mpg city and 39 mpg highway when it's paired to an automatic transmission and two-wheel drive.1

All Honda Civics from 2017 onward have the option of available driver-assist features. On the 2017 Touring model, such features come standard, including:

  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Honda LaneWatch™
Best High MPG Cars: 2016 Honda Civic | CarMax

2016 Honda Civic 2WD 2.0L 4 C Automatic

The Honda Civic was fully redesigned for the 2016 model year. If you're searching for a used Civic that still looks up-to-date, this is a good year to choose. The redesign made standard the 2L, four-cylinder, 158-horsepower engine, which gets an EPA-estimated 30 mpg city and 39 mpg highway when paired with an automatic transmission and two-wheel drive.1 It also introduced tech features including Apple Carplay® and Android Auto™, which are available on EX trims and higher for the 2016 Civic.


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2016-2017 Chevrolet Cruze & 2016 Mazda 3

Best High MPG Cars: 2016 Chevrolet Cruze | CarMax

2016 Chevrolet Cruze 2WD 1.4L 4 C Automatic

The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze comes standard as a sedan, which was entirely redesigned for the 2016 model year. The Cruze comes with a 1.4L, four-cylinder 153-horsepower engine that gets an EPA-estimated 30 mpg city and 40 mpg highway with an automatic transmission and two-wheel drive.1 The 2016 Cruze comes with tons of standard features, including Apple Carplay and Android Auto, a wireless hotspot, and keyless entry.

Other standard features for 2016 include:

  • Satellite radio
  • Rearview camera
  • Bucket seats
  • 17-inch wheels
Best High MPG Cars: 2017 Chevrolet Cruze | CarMax

2017 Chevrolet Cruze 2WD 1.4L 4 C Automatic

The 2017 Chevy Cruze has the same engine as the 2016 model: a 1.4L, four-cylinder, 153-horsepower engine that gets an EPA-estimated 30 mpg city and 40 mpg highway when paired with an automatic transmission and two-wheel drive.1 This model year also comes with lots of standard features. One big change for 2017 was the introduction of a hatchback-body option.

Best High MPG Cars: 2016 Mazda Mazda3 | CarMax

2016 Mazda 3 2WD 2.0L 4 C Automatic

Tied with the 2016 and 2017 Cruze, the 2016 Mazda3 comes with a 2.0L, four-cylinder 155-horsepower engine paired with an automatic transmission and two-wheel drive. That engine gets an EPA-estimated 30 mpg city and 40 mpg highway.1 The Mazda3 is available as a sedan or hatchback. The 2016 Mazda3 comes standard with keyless entry, a seven-inch display screen, and the MAZDA CONNECT™ Infotainment System.

Standard features for 2016 include:

  • Ventilated front-brake rotors
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • Rearview camera

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Tie: 2017-2018 Nissan Versa

Best High MPG Cars: 2017 Nissan Versa Note | CarMax

2017 Nissan Versa 2WD 1.6L 4 C Automatic

The 2017 Nissan Versa comes with one engine option: a 109-horsepower four-cylinder 1.6L engine that gets an EPA-estimated 31 mpg city and 39 mpg highway with an automatic transmission and two-wheel drive.1 The 2017 Versa received a small styling refresh since it was the middle of the generation (2012–2019). The Versa is available as a sedan or hatchback and comes in four different trims. Power locks and windows aren't standard, so be sure to look closely at the different trim levels. 2017 SV models include these standard features:

  • USB media connection
  • Six-way manual driver seat
  • Fog lights
Best High MPG Cars: 2018 Nissan Versa S Plus | CarMax

2018 Nissan Versa 2WD 1.6L 4 C Automatic

The 2018 Nissan Versa also comes with a 109-horsepower four-cylinder, 1.6L engine that gets an EPA-estimated 31 mpg city and 39 mpg highway when paired with an automatic transmission and two-wheel drive.1 While the 2018 model added a rearview camera, the 2018 Versa is quite similar to the 2017 model.


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2016 Honda Civic 2WD 1.5L 4 C Automatic

Best High-MPG Cars: Honda Civic | CarMax

The delightful thing about the 2016 Honda is that its more powerful engine option also gets better gas mileage. This optional 1.5L, 174-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder gets an EPA-estimated 31 mpg city and 41 mpg highway when paired with two-wheel drive and an automatic transmission.1 This engine set-up is available on the higher-level Civic trims: EX-T, EX-L, and Touring.


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2017-2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid

Best High MPG Cars: Ford Fusion Hybrid | CarMax

2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid 2WD 2.0L 4 C Automatic

It's no surprise that the Fusion Hybrid shines among high-mpg cars. The vehicle gets an EPA-estimated 43 mpg city and 41 mpg highway from its 2.0L, four-cylinder engine when it's coupled with two-wheel drive and an automatic transmission.1 The 2017 Fusion introduced a rotary gear shifter, which gives the interior a more modern look. This model year also got a mid-generation styling refresh.

All 2017–2018 models include these standard features:

  • SYNC® 3 infotainment system
  • Emergency brake assist
  • Nine-speaker sound system
  • Rearview camera
Best High MPG Cars: 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid | CarMax

2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid 2WD 2.0L 4 C Automatic

The Ford Fusion Hybrid is available in four different trims. Its 188-horsepower engine gets an EPA-estimated 43 mpg city and 41 mpg highway from the 2.0L, four-cylinder engine when it's coupled with two-wheel drive and an automatic transmission.1 There were no feature changes between 2017 and 2018 models. The base level comes with a 4.2-inch display screen and a few other tech features, while the Titanium and Platinum trims have an eight-inch touchscreen.


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1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
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