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Looking for fuel efficiency and a smart design?

Best High-MPG Cars | CarMax

Are you looking for a car that requires fewer stops at the pump? You have a wide range of choices with a number of vehicles that don't just save when it comes to fuel but offer you generous standard features as well. If you're logging time behind the wheel in something fun and smart, a car with a higher mpg can be a terrific bonus.

To help you on your search, we've compiled a list of the 13 best AWD cars, based on CarMax vehicle and sales data from August 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020. This data ranks all sedans and coupes sold in the last six months by city mpg and highway mpg from fueleconomy.gov.1

  1. Tie: 2016-2018 Honda Civic
  2. Tie: 2016–2017 Chevrolet Cruze & 2019 Kia Forte
  3. Tie: 2017–2018 Nissan Versa
  4. 2017 Honda Civic (2WD 1.5L)
  5. 2016 Honda Civic (2WD 1.5L)
  6. 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid (2WD 2.0L)
  7. 2017 Chevrolet Volt (2WD 1.5L)
  8. 2016 Toyota Prius (2WD 1.8L)

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2016-2018 Honda Civic

Best High-MPG Cars: 2016 Honda Civic | CarMax

2016 Honda Civic 2WD 2.0L 4C Automatic

Get behind the wheel of a 2016 Honda Civic and you'll soon see it's as sporty as it is fun to drive. For this model year, the 158-hp 2L four-cylinder engine comes standard and will get you an EPA-estimated 30 mpg city and 39 mpg highway when paired with an automatic transmission and 2WD.1 2016 is also the first year the Civic featured Apple Carplay and Android Auto, available on EX trims and higher, so be sure to keep an eye out when shopping.

Standard features on the 2016 Honda Civic include:

  • Cruise control
  • Five-inch standard display
  • Rearview camera
  • Bluetooth
Best High-MPG Cars: 2017 Honda Civic | CarMax

2017 Honda Civic 2WD 2.0L 4C Automatic

Like the 2018 model, you can find the 2017 Honda Civic in three body styles. The hatchback option, which was reintroduced to the lineup in model year 2017, offers a generous 25.7 cubic feet of storage space. The sedan and coupe are great choices as well; no matter which one you choose, you can expect smart technology and an upscale interior. With the base-level 158-hp 2.0L four-cylinder engine, the 2017 Civic gets an EPA-estimated 30 mpg city and 39 mpg highway when paired to an automatic transmission and 2WD.1

For model year 2018, standard features on the Honda Civic include:

  • 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks
  • Cruise control
  • Rearview camera
  • Bluetooth
Best High MPG Cars: 2018 Honda Civic | CarMax

2018 Honda Civic 2WD 2.0L 4C Automatic

Available as a coupe, sedan, or hatchback and with five different trim levels, the 2018 Civic is worth a look if you're someone that likes variety. The base-level 158-hp 2.0L four-cylinder with an automatic transmission and 2WD gets you an EPA-estimated 30 mpg city and 39 mpg highway.1 And, if you're looking for the latest features like Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ functionality, take a look at the EX trim. Meanwhile, with the range-topping Touring trim, you can expect a premium audio system, heated outboard rear seats, and more.

Standard features on the base 2018 Honda Civic LX model include:

  • Hill start assist
  • Multi-angle backup camera
  • Height-adjustable driver seat
  • Bluetooth®

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2016-2017 Chevrolet Cruze & 2019 Kia Forte

Best High MPG Cars: 2016 Chevrolet Cruze | CarMax

2016 Chevrolet Cruze 2WD 1.4L 4C Automatic

Redesigned in 2016, the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze combines elegance with practicality in a small package. Under the hood, the Cruze sports a 153-hp 1.4L four-cylinder engine that gets an EPA-estimated 30 mpg city and 40 mpg highway with an automatic transmission and 2WD.1 And, if you're an audiophile, the optional nine-speaker 250-watt Pioneer® premium sound system with high-frequency tweeters will make your driver seat feel like front-row at the concert.

Standard features for the base 2016 Chevrolet Cruze include:

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Rearview camera
  • Bucket seats
  • 17-inch wheels
Best High MPG Cars: 2017 Chevrolet Cruze | CarMax

2017 Chevrolet Cruze 2WD 1.4L 4C Automatic

Similar to the 2016 model in many ways, one notable difference is that the 2017 Cruze includes a hatchback-body option. The 2017 Chevy Cruze offers first-class details and uncommon touches like Galvano chrome accents and smart storage nooks. The 2017 model has the same engine as the 2016: a 153-hp 1.4L four-cylinder engine that gets an EPA-estimated 30 mpg city and 40 mpg highway when paired with an automatic transmission and 2WD.1

The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze includes these features as standard:

  • Power-programmable door locks with lockout protection and rear-door child locks
  • Rear-vision camera
  • Bluetooth
  • Folding rear seat
Best High-MPG Cars: Kia Forte | CarMax

2019 Kia Forte 2WD 2.0L 4C Automatic

In 2019, the Kia Forte was fully redesigned with elements taken from the performance car, the Kia Stinger. While the new look boasts added sleekness on the outside, the 2019 Forte maintained its 147-hp 2.0L four-cylinder engine while adding a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The aerodynamics and CVT aren't just for show either, you can enjoy an EPA-estimated 34 mpg combined.1

Standard features of the 2019 Kia Forte include:

  • Bluetooth
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Four-speaker audio system
  • Eight-inch touchscreen

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Tie: 2017-2018 Nissan Versa

Best High MPG Cars: 2017 Nissan Versa Note | CarMax

2017 Nissan Versa 2WD 1.6L 4C Automatic

In the middle of the pack, the 2017 Nissan Versa is available as a sedan or hatchback and comes in four different trim levels; keep an eye out for the S-Plus trim with cruise control and the SV that boasts power locks and windows. The 2017 Versa comes with a 109-hp 1.6L four-cylinder engine that gets an EPA-estimated 31 mpg city and 39 mpg highway with an automatic transmission and 2WD.1

2017 base models include these standard features:

  • Bluetooth
  • Power mirrors
  • Steering-wheel audio controls
Best High MPG Cars: 2018 Nissan Versa S Plus | CarMax

2018 Nissan Versa 2WD 1.6L 4C Automatic

The 2018 Nissan Versa comes with a 109-hp 1.6L four-cylinder engine that gets an EPA-estimated 31 mpg city and 39 mpg highway when paired with an automatic transmission and 2WD.1 At the base level, you can expect the essentials when it comes to standard equipment; go a level or two up and you'll also get features like cruise control, power locks and windows, and more. Partway through the model year, all Versas received as standard a rearview camera, so be on the lookout when you shop.

The 2018 Nissan Versa includes the following standard features:

  • Bluetooth
  • Power mirrors
  • Four-speaker sound system


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2017 Honda Civic 2WD 1.5L 4C Automatic

Best High MPG Cars: 2017 Honda Civic | CarMax

The 2017 Civic, in both sleek four-door sedan and sporty two-door coupe options, is a good-looking car that'll stand out in your driveway and on the road. But it's not just about looks, it also boasts a 1.5L turbocharged and intercooled four-cylinder engine with direct injection that generates a zippy 174 hp and gets an EPA-estimated 31 mpg city and 40 mpg highway with 2WD and automatic transmission.1 With this engine option, you also get technology must-haves like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and much more.

For model year 2017, the Honda Civic includes standard features like:

  • Hill start assist
  • Four-speaker audio system
  • Multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines

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2016 Honda Civic 2WD 1.5L 4C Automatic

Best High MPG Cars: 2016 Honda Civic | CarMax

The one-two punch of the 2016 Honda Civic is that its more powerful engine option also gets better gas mileage: the two-door, EX-T trim's 174-hp 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder gets an EPA-estimated 31 mpg city and 41 mpg highway when paired with 2WD and an automatic transmission.1 The EX-T also boasts plenty of standard features as well, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Whether you prefer the athletic coupe style or the practical four-door sedan, you're sure to enjoy every ride behind the wheel of your 2016 Civic.

Standard features on the 2016 Honda Civic EX-T include:

  • Heated front seat
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Fog lights

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2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid 2WD 2.0L 4C Automatic

Best High MPG Cars: 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid | CarMax

The 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid will catch your eye with any one of its nine exterior color choices and four different trims. Its 188-hp 2.0L four-cylinder engine gets an EPA-estimated 43 mpg city and 41 mpg highway when paired with 2WD and an automatic transmission.1 The optional driver-assist package includes a plethora of desirable features like a heated steering wheel, blind-spot information system with cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping system, auto high-beam headlamps, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

Standard features on the 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid includes:

  • Individual Tire-Pressure Monitoring System
  • Steering-wheel-mounted cruise control and audio and Ford SYNC® five-way controls
  • Rear-window defroster

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2017 Chevrolet Volt 2WD 1.5L 4C Automatic

Best High-MPG Cars: Chevrolet Volt | CarMax

You're sure to find going green easier in this handsome four-door, redesigned with a sporty new shape for the 2017 model year. With the 2017 Chevrolet Volt, you have a choice between two different trim levels: LT and Premier. Upgrade to the Premier and you'll enjoy an eight-speaker Bose® audio system, a heated steering wheel, and more. The 2017 model sports advanced EV technology like Regen on Demand which recharges your car's battery via regenerative braking. And with nine eye-catching colors, there's a Chevrolet Volt out there with style to match your own.

Standard features on the 2017 Chevrolet Volt include:

  • Rear vision camera
  • Cruise control
  • Six-speaker sound system

The 2017 Chevrolet Volt with 2WD, a 1.5L engine and an automatic transmission gets and EPA-estimated 43 mpg in the city and 42 on the highway.1


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2016 Toyota Prius 2WD 1.8L 4C Automatic

Best High-MPG Cars: 2016 Toyota Prius | CarMax

This compact car at the top of our list offers refined handling, a stylish interior, a quiet cabin, and outstanding fuel economy. It's the whole package, getting you an EPA-estimated 54 mpg highway, 50 mpg city, and 52 mpg combined.1 Standard features for the Two trim are generous on this hatchback, which will also seat you and four others comfortably. If you're after even more features, upgrading to the Three trim unlocks wireless phone charging, navigation, and more.

Standard features on the 2016 Toyota Prius base model include:

  • Heated power folding outside mirrors
  • Cruise control
  • Power windows with auto up/down
  • Integrated backup camera

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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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