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Cars that go the extra mile.

Best High MPG Cars | CarMax

Are you looking for tech features and comfort with less stops at the pump? The vehicles on this list all offer many of the features that you want in your next ride. If you spend a lot of time on the highway for your commute, or you're just looking for something with a higher mpg, then this list is for you.

We've created a list of the 13 best high-mpg cars for 2020 shoppers. based on CarMax sales data from November 1, 2019, through April 30, 2019 and mpg data from fueleconomy.gov.1

  1. 2017 Kia Forte (2WD 2.0L)
  2. 2018 Chevrolet Cruze (2WD 1.4L)
  3. 2019 Toyota Camry (2WD 2.5L)
  4. 2018 Honda Accord (2WD 1.5L)
  5. Tie: 2017 - 2016 Honda Civic (2WD 2.0L)
  6. Tie: 2019 Kia Forte (2WD 2.0L) & 2016–2017 Chevrolet Cruze (2WD 1.4L)
  7. 2018 Nissan Versa (2WD 1.6L)
  8. 2017 Honda Civic (2WD 1.5L)
  9. 2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid (2WD 2.0L)
  10. 2017 Chevrolet Volt (2WD 1.4L)

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2017 Kia Forte 2WD 2.0L

Best High MPG Cars: Kia Forte LX | CarMax

You'll get a lot of in-demand features at the entry-level trim of the 2017 Kia Forte. The base-model 2.0L, 147 hp four-cylinder engine, and six-speed automatic transmission get an EPA-estimated 32 mpg combined fuel economy.1Bluetooth® audio streaming and satellite radio are also standard gear on the 2017 Kia Forte.

Other standard equipment on the 2017 Kia Forte includes:

  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Manual air conditioning (automatic transmission)
  • Power-adjustable heated side mirrors
  • A tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Power doors and windows with driver express-down

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2018 Chevrolet Cruze 2WD 1.4L

Best High MPG Cars: Chevrolet Cruze LS | CarMax

Bold styling inside and out, the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze is available as a four-door sedan or five-door hatchback. There are a variety of engines and transmissions available. The standard turbocharged 1.4L four-cylinder and six-speed automatic transmission net an EPA-estimated 33 mpg combined, and 40 mpg highway, fuel economy.1

Standard features on the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze include:

  • A rear view camera
  • Teen Driver technology
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • A seven-inch touchscreen
  • 14.8 cu-ft of cargo volume (sedan)

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2019 Toyota Camry 2WD 2.5L

Best High MPG Cars: Toyota Camry XSE | CarMax

If you need some more space to fit your family or friends, but you want to keep the estimated mpg high, take a look at the 2019 Toyota Camry. As a base-model application, the 2019 Toyota Camry's base 2.5L four-cylinder and eight-speed automatic transmission get an EPA-estimated 29 mpg city and 41 mpg highway.1 Newly designed for 2019, the Toyota Camry also features a large touchscreen, comfortable seating for five, and an available suite of driver assists.

You'll get these features and more on all 2019 Toyota Camry models:

  • Bi-LED headlights with automatic on/off
  • A six-speaker Entune™ audio system with a seven-inch touchscreen
  • A rearview camera
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Apple CarPlay®

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2018 Honda Accord 2WD 1.5L

Best High MPG Cars: Honda Accord Sport | CarMax

Classic sedan styling, 16.7 cu-ft of trunk volume, and seating for five, the 2018 Honda Accord is a capable midsize sedan. Five trims and two different engines provide plenty of choices to get the right car for your needs. Get an EPA-estimated 38 mpg highway and 30 mpg city with the standard turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder engine and CVT.1

Get these great features standard on the 2018 Honda Accord:

  • Honda Sensing® suite of driver aids, including adaptive cruise control
  • Active noise canceling
  • Bluetooth audio connectivity
  • LED low-beam headlights with automatic on/off
  • A multi-angle rearview camera and a seven-inch touchscreen

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Tie: 2016 - 2017 Honda Civic 2WD 2.0L & 2016 Honda Civic 2WD 2.0L

Best High MPG Cars: 2016 Honda Civic | CarMax

2016 Honda Civic 2WD 2.0L

Sporty looks, comfortable interior, and brimming with available technology, the 2016 Honda Civic is a great choice. The 2016 Honda Civic is available in five trims. The base-model, 2.0L four-cylinder engine, and CVT get an EPA-estimated 30 mpg city and 40 mpg highway.1 Get remote start, Android Auto™, and Apply CarPlay on the 2016 Honda Civic EX trim and higher.

Standard 2016 Honda Civic LX models include:

  • LED daytime running lights
  • A multi-angle rearview camera
  • Automatic climate control
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • A 140-watt four-speaker sound system
Best High MPG Cars: 2017 Honda Civic | CarMax

2017 Honda Civic 2WD 2.0L 4C Automatic

The most significant change from the 2016 Honda Civic is the addition of a two-door coupe. Now, there are two different five-passenger versions of the 2017 Honda Civic to choose from. Some of the standard options have changed, but you'll still get great features like an available driver-assist package (on all trims), Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and more. A 2017 Honda Civic with the 2.0L four-cylinder and a CVT gets an EPA-estimated 34 mpg combined.1

The 2017 Honda Civic LX has many standard features, including:

  • 160-watt four-speaker sound system
  • LED daytime running lights
  • A multi-angle rearview camera
  • Bluetooth streaming audio services
  • A six-speed manual transmission or CVT

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Tie: 2019 Kia Forte 2WD 2.0L 7 2016 - 2017 Chevrolet Cruze 2WD 1.4L

Best High-MPG Cars: Kia Forte | CarMax

2019 Kia Forte 2WD 2.0L 4 C Automatic

You get a lot of great features with the 2019 Kia Forte. Even at the lowest trim level, you'll find in-demand features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Pick the 2019 Kia Forte LX trim with the CVT and a 2.0L four-cylinder engine, and you can expect an EPA-estimated 31 mpg city and 41 mpg fuel mileage.1

On the standard trim 2019 Kia Forte, you'll find:

  • A six-speed manual transmission
  • An eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • A USB and auxiliary input port
  • A heated leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Heated front seats
Best High MPG Cars: 2016 Chevrolet Cruze | CarMax

2016 Chevrolet Cruze 2WD 1.4L 4 C Automatic

The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze is a compact sedan that turns heads. Its modern styling carries through from the outside-in. There are 12.3 cu-ft of cargo volume in the trunk and 93.5 cu-ft of passenger space. Equip the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze with a turbocharged 1.4L four-cylinder and six-speed automatic, and you can expect an EPA-estimated 30 mpg city and 40 mpg highway.1

Some highlighted standard features on the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze include:

  • A rearview camera
  • A six-speed manual transmission
  • A four-speaker sound system
  • OnStar® 4G/LTE Wi-Fi hotspot2
  • A seven-inch touchscreen

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2018 Nissan Versa 2WD 1.6L 4C Automatic

Best High MPG Cars: 2018 Nissan Versa S Plus | CarMax

Compact but surprisingly spacious, the 2018 Nissan Versa has 90.2 cu-ft of passenger space inside the cabin. There are four trim levels on offer with a variety of features, including a rearview monitor (SV SE), cruise control (S Plus), and Bluetooth audio (SV SE). The 1.6L four-cylinder engine and CVT get an EPA-estimated 31 mpg city and 39 mpg highway.1

Base-model 2018 Nissan Versa models include:

  • A five-speed manual transmission
  • A Bluetooth hands-free phone system
  • Air conditioning
  • A four-speaker audio system
  • Cloth seating

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2017 Honda Civic 2WD 1.5L 4C Automatic

Best High-MPG Cars: 2017 Honda Civic | CarMax

Upgrade to the 2017 Honda Civic EX-T trim to unlock the potential of a turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder engine. This engine is also standard on the EX-L and Touring trims. When combined with the CVT, the 2017 Honda Civic turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder engine gets an EPA-estimated 32 mpg city and 42 mpg highway.1 A two-door coupe version is available as well.

Upgrading to the 2017 Honda Civic EX-T trim also adds

  • Heated front seats
  • Standard Honda Sensing driver assists.
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • A body-colored decklid spoiler
  • A six-speed manual transmission


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2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid 2WD 4C Automatic

Best High MPG Cars: 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid | CarMax

One of the only standard hybrids on this list, the 2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid offers all the benefits of a midsized sedan with the perks of an electric motor working alongside the engine. There are three trims available, each powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder gas engine and electric motor. They combine for 188 hp and an EPA-estimated 42 mpg combined fuel economy.1 The 2019 Ford Fusion hybrid is well-equipped even at the base trim, which should satisfy your search for the economy and modern technology.

All 2019 Ford Fusion Hybrids will have:

  • Power-adjustable front seats
  • Driver assists including adaptive cruise control and pre-collision automatic braking
  • A 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot3
  • A nine-speaker audio system
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

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2017 Chevrolet Volt 2WD 1.5L 4C Automatic

Best High-MPG Cars: Chevrolet Volt | CarMax

The best way to maximize your fuel economy is not to use any at all, and the 2017 Chevrolet Volt is the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (or PHEV) to do just that. The spacious interior hasn't lost functional space to the batteries, with 10.6 cu-ft of cargo space. As a PHEV, you have an impressive 53 miles EPA-estimated all-electric range.4 After that, the 1.5L four-cylinder gas engine kicks in, providing an impressive EPA-estimated 42 mpg combined fuel economy.5

Standard features on the 2017 Chevrolet Volt include:

  • An eight-inch touchscreen with infotainment system
  • A rearview camera
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot for up to seven devices2
  • Automatic climate control

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1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle 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.
2OnStar features require activation and most require a paid OnStar plan to use. Wi-Fi hotspot functionality may also require an additional data plan. Limitations and restrictions apply. See onstar.com for more information.
3Wi-Fi hotspots require a data plan to activate and may also require a compatible device. See the owner's manual or manufacturer website for more information.
4EPA-estimated 53-mile range based on 106 MPGe combined estimate (electric); additional EPA-estimated 420-mile extended range based on CarMax Confidential 42 MPG combined estimate (gas). Range figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new and assume a full battery charge and full tank of gas (if applicable). Range will vary based on things like battery age, vehicle condition and history, driving and charging habits, accessory use, and driving conditions. Battery capacity may decrease with time and use. See fueleconomy.gov for more info.
5Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Actual mileage will vary based on things like battery age, vehicle condition and history, driving and charging habits, accessory use, and driving conditions. Battery capacity may decrease with time and use. See fueleconomy.gov for more info. Unless otherwise noted, information related to these featured vehicles comes from third-party sources, including manufacturer information. Product and company names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of third-party entities. Use of them does not imply any affiliation with or endorsement by these entities.


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