With fuel prices over $3.00 per gallon in much of the U.S., good mileage is a key consideration in lots of new-car purchases. Here’s your guide to the cars that use the least “conventional” fuel, be it gasoline or diesel. If you’re interested in “alternative” fuel vehicles, check out the CarPreview 2014 Electric Vehicle and Plug-in Hybrid Buying Guide and the CarPreview 2014 Hybrid Car Buying Guide.
Those “alternative” fuel vehicles are almost always more expensive than their conventional-fuel counterparts, however. And the good news is that conventional-fuel cars are more efficient than ever, thanks not only to more diesel-engine models but continued advancements in gas engines, including a proliferation of four-cylinder and even three-cylinder engines boosted by turbocharging.
Our 2014 Best Mileage Cars criteria are fairly simple: pick the five gasoline and diesel cars with the highest EPA city/highway combined fuel-economy rating. There is no price floor or ceiling. The base prices we list include manufacturer destination fees of roughly $900, but not options. The results might surprise you.
Here Are the Top Five Fuel Efficient Cars of 2014
2014 Mitsubishi Mirage
Base price range: $13,790-$14,790
Fuel-economy ratings span: 37-40 mpg city/highway combined