Most Fuel-Efficient Cars Still the Prius and Honda Civic

Despite all the green cars I saw on display at the North American International Auto Show, I came away convinced that if you want to buy a really eco-friendly vehicle, the highly fuel-efficient Prius and Honda Civic Hybrids are still your best bet.

Here are a few comparisons of gas-saving vehicles in case you're in the market for a car right now. Mileage estimates are taken from the federal (By the way, you can reduce exterior maintenance on your car by keeping it covered. Here are a variety of Honda car covers, courtesy of


2008_toyota_prius • Toyota Prius (left) – 48 mpg city/ 45 mpg hwy (some drivers report getting as much as 56 mpg on the hwy; some drivers report getting as "little" as 35 mpg in the city — which still outperforms most other models)

2007_honda_civic_sedan_hybrid • Honda Civic Hybrid (right) – 40 mpg city/ 45 mpg hwy

• Camry Hybrid Sedan 33 mpg city/ 34 mpg hwy (some drivers report getting as much as 42 mpg on the highway
• Toyota Corolla 28 mpg city/ 37 mpg hwy
• Toyota Yaris 29 mpg city/ 36 mpg hwy  (manual transmission)
• Saturn Aura Hybrid Sedan  24 mpg city/ 32 mpg hwy

Mini Vans (still no gas-saving hybrids available; the companies are focusing their fuel-efficiency initiatives on sedans and SUVs)

2007_honda_odyssey • Honda Odyssey – 17 mpg city/ 25 mpg hwy

• Dodge Caravan – 17 mpg city/ 24 mpg hwy
• Toyota Sienna – 16 mpg city /21 mpg hwy

SUV Hybrids (from an environmental point of view, there's no point in considering non-hybrid SUVs, all of which get less than 20 mpg, and many of which squeak by with a measley 10-15 mpg)

2008_ford_escape_hybrid • Ford Escape Hybrid  29 mpg city/ 29 mpg hwy (right)
• Saturn Vue Hybrid 25 mpg city/ 32 mpg hwy
• Toyota Highlander  27 mpg city / 25 mpg hwy

2008_ford_f150 Thumb_brownbmpCompare any of these to the best-selling Ford F-150 FFV 4WD pick-up truck. This gas guzzler gets a paltry 13 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the hwy. And if you use the E-85 ethanol blend so many of the car makers are talking up, the fuel efficiency of the F-150 drops significantly: to 10 mpg in the city and 12 mpg hwy.

To compare other cars you may be considering, visit

To see the most fuel-efficient vehicles by class, visit

To take a peek at the new green cars you can consider buying in 2010, read the rundown at EcoGeeks.


7 Responses to Most Fuel-Efficient Cars Still the Prius and Honda Civic

  1. Jim Farrell December 13, 2008 at 7:03 pm #

    Diane, great Blog Post with informative details on the best Fuel Efficient Cars.
    I just did a Podcast Episode and Blog Post on
    Fuel Efficient Cars – Still the Smart Buy?
    This was for a dealership in Madison, NJ – I did some research prior to the interview and came away very impressed with Honda and its committment to having green cars. Would love to have you leave a comment with your opinion.
    Keep up the great work.
    Jim Farrell

  2. Diane MacEachern January 6, 2009 at 9:48 am #

    Thanks, Rose!

  3. Diane MacEachern March 7, 2010 at 7:02 am #

    Of course, the real question is, do you need a car at all? Can you walk distances less than a mile, use a bicycle, car pool, join ZipCar? There are many ways to get where we want to go without driving ourselves there.

  4. Camo Truck Seat Covers October 19, 2010 at 5:16 am #

    In this time of energy crisis, we really need cars that are fuel efficient. Thanks for giving us the heads up mate!

  5. advantage toyota May 20, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

    Glad to hear that the Honda Civic and Toyota Prius are very dependable on economic factors on fuel. I am now choosing between the two models for my first car.

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  7. Sean Carter March 25, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    glad to find this information. I have always had great experiences in Honda dealers and it is great to find out that they are making some of the most efficient cars out there as well

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