The Best Used Cars to Buy For Fuel Economy

Owning a vehicle comes with a number of expenses – car insurance, repairs, regular maintenance, car payments, and of course the gas. So if you’re looking to cut costs, finding a vehicle that is great when it comes to fuel economy is a good plan. The great news is that there are all kinds of cars with good fuel economy across the different classes of vehicles. Let’s take a look at the top five.

Top five vehicles

Here’s a variety of vehicles in different classes that share one thing in common, they all boast excellent fuel economy.

  • Hyundai Tucson: This is an SUV but it's a little smaller than the full sized options. With that said, you'll take a hit in the cargo space with this vehicle, but then the fuel economy may make up for it. On the GLS two-wheel drive 2014 model you can expect to get 23/mpg city and 29/mpg highway.

  • Honda Civic: This is a great option in the compact car class that will give you 30/mpg city and 39/mpg highway on the 2014 model. Drivers rave how this one performs, but keep in mind it’s rather basic when it comes to features and the interior finishes.

  • Ford Fusion Hybrid: The 2012 model offers an electric/gas drivetrain that delivers 41 mpg in the city. You'll be able to travel more than 700 miles in the city on a single tank of fuel. The car itself is classy looking, yet at the same time it has a sporty finish.

  • Toyota Prius: The Toyota Prius is a hatchback-style vehicle. Although it is capable of seating five, it will be a bit tight in the backseat. This hybrid vehicle boasts incredible fuel economy of 51/mpg city and 48 mpg highway.

  • Nissan Altima Hybrid: Here’s another hybrid option for you to consider. Classed as a mid-size sedan, you'll have a bit more legroom in this vehicle as well as cargo space. It is even roomy enough to act as a family vehicle. This was Nissan's first hybrid vehicle and was available from 2007 to 2011. It may be a bit harder to get your hands on, but if you can you can expect 35/mpg city and 40 mpg highway.

Final thoughts

Choosing a car based on its fuel economy is a simple and effective way to save money on your bills.


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