The Best And Worst Cars That Get 30+ MPG
Thanks to new engine technology, reductions in weight and breakthroughs in aerodynamics, the fuel economy of today's vehicles is getting better and better. And that's a great thing, considering the constant rise of gas prices nationwide over the past few years.
It's pretty standard for cars to achieve 30-plus combined miles per gallon these days. In fact, even some of the bigger non-hybrid sedans and crossovers do so. As such, fuel economy is no longer what defines these cars. With such a big group of them now above the 30-mpg threshold, there is now room to make some distinctions when it comes to the actual quality of these vehicles.
We've put together a list of the best and worst vehicles that get 30+ mpg. Click through to see which fuel-efficient cars stand out from the rest, in good ways and bad.
MSRP: $22,990 - $25,540Best - Volkswagen Jetta TDI
Invoice: $22,071 - $24,517
Fuel Economy: 30 mpg city, 42 mpg highway
Volkswagen has long offered the most diesels outside of trucks. Indeed, you can buy TDI versions of the Passat, Golf, Beetle, Touareg and, of course, Jetta. The Jetta is the workhorse of the VW showroom, offering a sporty drive, roomy interior and, of course, great fuel economy for a great price.
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MSRP: $20,995 - $28,595
Invoice: $20,396 - $27,771
Fuel Economy: 26 mpg city, 35 mpg highway
The Mazda CX-5 is one of our favorite crossovers here at AOL Autos, even when taking more expensive trim levels into account. Remarkably fun to drive, fuel efficient and starting at a low price, there's a lot to love about this agile utility vehicle.
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MSRP: $16,695 - $21,115Best - Hyundai Elantra
Invoice: $16,208 - $20,218
Fuel Economy: 28 mpg city, 38 mpg highway
This small sedan continues to be the darling of both critics and consumers nationwide. Available with tons of standard features, great looks and sweet fuel economy, the Elantra is one of the best cars on the planet right now.
Hyundai admitted to exaggerating the fuel economy of the Elantra earlier this year, lowering its highway mpg from 40 to 38. While it was a disappointing turn of events, the Elantra is still a great vehicle and easily gets 30+ combined mpg.
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MSRP: $15,425 - $17,160Best - Honda Fit
Invoice: $15,023 - $16,704
Fuel Economy: 27 mpg city, 33 mpg highway
The Honda Fit is a favorite vehicle of car shoppers and critics alike. Although it's small, the interior is remarkably roomy and the cargo space gives it a surprising amount of versatility. A family of four can easily be comfortable in the Fit.
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MSRP: $27,200 - $32,100
Invoice: $25,092 - $29,612
Fuel Economy: 47 mpg city, 47 mpg highway
A remarkably good-looking and fuel efficient vehicle, the Ford Fusion Hybrid is one of the best green cars on the road right now. It also has a well-appointed interior and plenty of passenger space, making it a great choice for the whole family.
Like the Elantra, the Fusion Hybird has been under fire for not achieving its advertised fuel economy, which is 47 mpg. Some have found the Fusion to get just 38 mpg. While its certainly not good for Ford as a company, the exaggerations don't change the fact that the Fusion Hybrid is still a great sedan.
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MSRP: $14,370 - $16,480
Invoice: $13,795 - $15,821
Fuel Economy: 30 mpg city, 37 mpg highway
Toyota does a lot of things well, but its Yaris subcompact still needs some work. The current generation is an improvement over the previous, but its still a pretty noisy, cheap-feeling and unattractive vehicle.
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MSRP: $11,990 - $16,890
Invoice: $11,577 - $16,288
Fuel Economy: 27 mpg city, 35 mpg highway
Budget-conscious car buyers may be enticed by the Versa's super low base sticker price, but you're getting what you pay for with this vehicle: A cheap interior, noisy ride and poor driving dynamics. It's better to spend a little more on something like the Ford Fiesta.
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MSRP: $12,490 - $17,890Worst - smart fortwo
Invoice: $11,616 - $16,638
Fuel Economy: 34 mpg city, 38 mpg highway
The idea of the smart fortwo is great. It's the execution that's the problem. The fortwo is loud, terrible to drive and really isn't all that fuel efficient, considering its size. There are way better options between $10,000 and $20,000.
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MSRP: $19,975 - $21,655
Invoice: $19,029 - $20,623
Fuel Economy: 31 mpg city, 38 mpg highway
The Honda CR-Z is supposed to be a combination of a hybrid and a sports car, but it's not really apt at either of these distinctions. It has an odd exterior design and doesn't drive particularly well, in addition to only being able to seat two people.
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