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Best High-MPG Cars | CarMax

Looking for a vehicle with great gas mileage? If practicality and utility are top priorities for your next used car, you don't have to sacrifice on style and features. Today you can choose from a variety of sedans and hatchbacks with stylish exteriors and feature-rich interiors. This list of high-mpg cars includes hybrids, all-electrics, and traditional fuel-powered vehicles.

Our list of the 10 best high-mpg cars at CarMax was compiled using fuel-economy data from fueleconomy.gov and CarMax vehicle sales data from January 1, 2019 through June 30, 2019.1 Check out our list below to get started on your used car search:

  1. 2017-2018 Nissan Versa
  2. 2016 Honda Civic
  3. 2015 Kia Optima Hybrid
  4. 2016 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
  5. Tie: 2016-2017 Chevrolet Volt & 2016 Lexus CT 200H
  6. 2017-2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid
  7. 2015 Toyota Prius
  8. 2015 Toyota Prius C
  9. 2016 Toyota Prius
  10. 2015 Nissan Leaf


2017-2018 Nissan Versa

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Jump starting our top-ten list of the best high-mpg cars is the 2017–2018 Nissan Versa. This compact sedan gets an EPA-estimated 31-city and 39-highway mpg from its standard 1.6L four-cylinder.1 The small Versa is big on features and you can expect standard equipment like:

  • 15-inch steel wheels with covers
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Bluetooth® connectivity
  • A four-speaker stereo system


2016 Honda Civic

Best High-MPG Cars: Honda Civic | CarMax

While the 2016 Honda Civic is not a hybrid, it brings plenty of frugality to the compact sedan market. Featuring an EPA-estimated 31-city and 43-highway mpg from the optional 1.5L four-cylinder turbocharged engine, the Civic is an impressive car. It's also very well equipped—even the base LX trim comes with coveted features as standard, like:

  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • 16-inch wheels
  • A rearview camera
  • Cloth upholstery (leather on the EX-L)
  • 160-watt 4-speaker audio system
  • Hill start assist


2015 Kia Optima Hybrid

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Continuing our top-ten list is the 2015 Kia Optima Hybrid. At an EPA-estimated mpg of 35 in the city and 38 on the highway, the 2015 Optima makes great use of its 2.4L inline-four paired to an electric motor with a 47-kW lithium-ion battery.2 You get a respectable 199 hp and 235 lb.-ft. of torque as well as a stylish sedan that comes with available features such as:

  • Navigation system
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Eight-inch touch screen
  • HID headlights


2016 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

Best High-MPG Cars: Lincoln MKZ Hybrid | CarMax

It's not fiction, it's the 2016 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. The 2.0L four-cylinder engine is paired with an electric motor to produce 188 horsepower. Imagine sitting in a luxurious and sporty midsize sedan that delivers an EPA-estimated 41-city and 39-highway mpg.1 The standard features list is massive, with interior features such as:

  • 10-way heated power front seats
  • Sync® infotainment system with MyLincoln Touch® accessibility
  • Wood interior accents

On the outside, expect standard adaptive LED headlights, rear parking sensors, and 18-inch alloy wheels.


2016-2017 Chevrolet Volt

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The 2016 Chevrolet Volt was the first model year of the second generation (2016–2019) of Chevrolet's pioneering plug-in hybrid car. The 2016 Volt with a 1.5L engine gets an EPA-estimated 42-city and 42-highway mpg.1 It's also nicely equipped with standard interior features like:

  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto capability
  • Eight-inch touchscreen
  • Rearview camera
  • Bluetooth connectivity

For 2017, the sleek-looking Volt was upgraded with adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking as well as GM's Teen Driver™ feature which can limit the vehicle's speed and radio volume while driving.

2016 Lexus CT 200H

Best High-MPG Cars: Lexus CT 200H | CarMax

Tied for sixth place, we have another great luxury hybrid, the 2016 Lexus CT 200h. With an EPA-estimated 43-city and 40-highway mpg, the CT 200h (1.8L engine) is a nice option for someone looking to mix practicality with luxury.1 Since it's a Lexus, you know you'll get a bunch of great standard features including 10-way power-adjustable front seats and Bluetooth connectivity. Choose from a ton of optional extras like:

  • 10-speaker premium audio system
  • Parking sensors
  • Leather seating surfaces with heated front seats

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2017-2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid

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Mid-way through our list and we get to the 2017–2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid. Like the Optima that led off the list, this is a great example of taking an established sedan and adding hybrid technology to make it even more fun. Its EPA-estimated 43-city and 41-highway mpg is quite impressive.1 With several trim levels available that range from sporty to luxurious, there is a Fusion to suit almost anyone's needs. Expect Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and a host of fantastic features across all trims. Even the base model comes with:

  • Automatic headlights
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Nine-speaker audio system
  • Two 4.2-inch displays
  • Power and heated side-view mirrors
  • Rearview camera


2015 Toyota Prius

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The Toyota Prius is a true pioneer in the hybrid world and has been around for more than two decades. The 2015 Toyota Prius (1.8L engine) takes the fourth spot on our list and gets an EPA-estimated 50-city and 46-highway mpg .1 Expect all of the cool technology hybrids are known for as well, such as regenerative braking, which is designed to feed power back into the system as you brake. Standard features also include:

  • Space for you and four passengers
  • Cloth seating surfaces
  • Multi-function display screen


2015 Toyota Prius C

Best High-MPG Cars: Toyota Prius C | CarMax

The smallest member of the Prius family, the 2015 Toyota Prius C hits the top three with a podium finish on our 2019 list of the best high-mpg cars. Featuring an impressive EPA-estimated 53-city and 46-highway mpg (1.5L engine), the Prius C lives up to its reputation.1 Features include:

  • 1.5L four-cylinder paired to an electric motor
  • 99 horsepower
  • Brake Assist System
  • Bluetooth
  • Infotainment system and navigation (optional)
  • Leatherette seating (optional)


2016 Toyota Prius

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The 2016 Toyota Prius was all new for the 2016 model year and is the first of the Prius' fourth generation (2016 to present). It represents a huge step forward in the Prius lineup and now features an EPA-estimated 54-city and 50-highway mpg (2016 model with a 1.8L engine).1 The 2016 Toyota Prius offers the following standard features:

  • Nine exterior color options
  • Front-wheel drive
  • 60/40 split fold-down rear seats
  • Fabric-trimmed front passenger seats


2015 Nissan Leaf

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Topping our list is the 2015 Nissan Leaf. While the Prius was a trailblazer with regard to hybrid technology, the Leaf has been a pioneer when it comes to all-electric vehicles. Its EPA-estimated 126-city and 121-highway MPGe numbers are hard to match, with its electric motor producing 107 hp and 187 lb.-ft. of torque for a spirited drive.2 Practical hatchback styling and seating for five adults earn it the top spot on our list. Key features of the 2015 Leaf include:

  • 30 cubic ft. of cargo space
  • Hands-free entry
  • Six-way manual driver seat adjustment
  • Six exterior paint color options

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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.
2Range figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Range will vary based on things like battery age, vehicle condition, and driving conditions. Battery range may decrease with time and use. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.
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