Friday, 25 November 2016

Top Most Fuel Efficient Non-Hybrid Cars

So you want to save on fuel costs but are interested in options other than hybrids?

To help you along, we’ve compiled a list of various types of 2014 model year cars sorted by their combined EPA-rated fuel economy. Most are small, some are two seaters, but a few mid-sized cars are in the list as well.

Some of these vehicles cost comparatively less than hybrids, others not so much. It also goes without saying that a buying decision should be based on other meaningful criteria as well, such as estimated maintenance and repair and resale value, safety rating, and more.

But here in the land of escalating energy costs, what you pay at the pump matters – and if fuel costs continue to rise, it will matter more.

Bear in mind some of these choices are selected for subjective reasons. Several cars do tie combined mpg-wise, but vary in city and highway mpg, and in other ways. So, we ranked one higher over the others if it is believed a more desirable car for reasons such as safety scores, or ownership experience, or because it is cheaper.

The government’s combined rating is derived from how the vehicle did on the city and highway test cycles.

If you’re planning to drive more in the city or more on the highway, obviously, that should play into your decision when choosing between two cars with equal combined scores that are rated respectively better in either city or highway driving.

We’d also be remiss not to mention that hybrid cars – not to mention plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) and all-electric cars (EVs)– do cost less to power and would top our list if they were considered.

To learn more about all your options – including annual estimated fuel costs, greenhouse gas emissions, and more, you could also consult the EPA’s fueleconomy.gov. We’ll link each car’s EPA score page throughout …

10. Volkswagen Passat TDI M/T – 31 city / 43 highway / 35 combined
“Trade-offs” are not the exclusive province of hybrids, PHEVs and EVs. In the mid-sized VW Passat TDI’s case, you get a larger, more upscale car tied in its 35 mpg combined score with #10 and #9. We’re making it last place because diesel costs more more per gallon, diesel may emit somewhat more CO2 per mile, the car itself costs more, and this is about savings after all.

Under the hood is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo, and this rating is for the 6-speed manual, whereas the model with DSG automatic loses 1 mpg combined.

Depending on who you talk to, Volkswagen’s oil-burning Passat might deserve higher rankings as it’s a highway traveler extraordinaire known to beat its EPA ratings at times. In fact one record for fuel consumption record was set for with one at 78 mpg, and another record was set for most miles per tank and 84.1 mpg.

MSRP for 2014 VW Passat TDI starts at $26,675.

9. Toyota Corolla LE ECO - 30 city / 42 highway / 35 combined
Redesigned for 2014, the 11th-generation Corolla line is a clean, evolved design, with the ECO version of the LE powered by a 1.8-liter inline-four cylinder engine providing 140 horsepower, and 126 pounds feet of torque.

A Valvematic variable intake system and CVT transmission are part of the efficiency tweaks for the family sedan.

The EPA classifies it as a midsized but really, its 98 cubic feet of volume are only three more than the compact-class Civic that takes eighth place, and the Corolla is effectively a compact.

Both these cars are competitive, and the MSRP of the Corolla starting at $18,700 plus $810 destination is a bit less as well. 
Top Most Fuel Efficient Non-Hybrid Cars

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