Don’t be a slave to your gas tank

Quick Notes:

– The most recognizable brands in the automotive sector are still catering to budget-conscious car owners

– One vehicle on this list delivers more than 100 miles per gallon

– One of the most recognizable vehicles in the hybrid category is still going strong after all these years

If you’re more comfortable riding around in a lifted truck that gets no more than six miles to the gallon, that’s absolutely your prerogative. But most drivers heavily weight a car’s fuel efficiency when it comes time to choose a whip, and it’s easy to understand why.

What’s more appealing: burning the equivalent of a modest monthly rent payment at the gas pump, or saving that loot for a trip to Playa del Carmen at the end of the year? Or saving so much on gas that, with enough time, you can buy an entirely new vehicle?

Perhaps you have the money to burn — if that’s the case, even more power to you. But those considering buying a new car with the intent of never spending another unnecessary cent on an inefficient engine should consider the cars on this list. They are all fairly compact (some more than others), but they’ve all got enough get-up to get your heart pumping. And best of all, they pack an impressive amount of mileage into each gallon you put in their tanks.

2019 Chevrolet Malibu

Are you a fan of the early 2000s MTV reality show The Hills? What about the Jamie Kennedy pseudo-comedy Malibu’s Most Wanted? Most aren’t. In fact, these cultural atrocities (too harsh?) may have been more than enough for many to swear off all things Malibu entirely, the Chevrolet Malibu included.

But perhaps those people are willing to make an exception to the no-Malibu rule. After all, the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu gets up to 29 miles per gallon in the city and 36 on the highway. That’s impressive for a sedan the size of the Malibu, and it’ll be music to the ears of those who are looking to slash their gas expense.


2019 Honda Insight

Here’s some insight: if you purchase a 2019 Honda Insight, you’re going to spend less time at the gas pump and even less time fretting over your vehicle consuming an outsize portion of your monthly budget. Does that sound like something you might be interested in?

A look at the hard numbers leaves no doubt that the Insight is one of the most fuel-efficient cars you can buy. It gets up to a whopping 55 miles per gallon in the city and around 49 per gallon on the highway. This begs the question: do you run the risk of forgetting what a gas station is if you purchase an Insight?

2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV

Ionic compounds are composed of ions, atoms that can gain or lose electrons, giving them an element of instability. So we’re not quite sure what Hyundai decided to name the Ioniq as it did, because its massive fuel-efficiency could seriously stabilize your gasoline spending budget. The 2019 version of the Ioniq EV packs a whopping 150 miles into each gallon in the city, and an eye-popping 122 mpg on highways.

2019 Toyota Prius

The Toyota Prius is an all-time legend within the gas-saving game. The vehicle of choice for environment lovers from LA to Miami for years, the Prius hasn’t lost a step even as younger, fresher-faced hybrids and electric vehicles have entered the marketplace. The 2019 version of this OG gas saver gets 54 miles to the gallon in the city and 50 on the highway.


2019 Honda Accord

This list is chock full of some of the most trusty, fuel-efficient, and time-tested makes and models on the entire vehicle market. The Accord has been a far above average option for budget-conscious drivers for years now, and the latest model of the Accord remains one of the most fuel-efficient cars around. The Accord isn’t small as far as sedans go, yet it manages to get 30 miles per gallon in the city and 38 on the highway. Not bad at all…

2020 Toyota Corolla

Toyotas are known to be hyper-reliable vehicles that run practically forever (if you take care of them) and give you bang for your buck with respect to fuel consumption. The 2019 Corolla is no exception to that reputation, as it gets up to 30 mpg in the city and 40 miles per gallon on the highway. Sure, it’s not what you’d get with an electric vehicle, but this isn’t an electric vehicle, and 30 mpg remains an impressive figure.

2019 Kia Niro

The Roman emperor Nero remains a notorious figure in history books in part because he oversaw the Great Fire of Rome. Despite its name, the 2019 Kia Niro is nothing like the Roman Nero, because it burns as little as possible — gasoline, that is. The Niro has a body nearly resembling an SUV-sedan crossover, yet it manages to pack 52 miles into each gallon of gas in the city, and 49 mpg on the highway. Indeed, Niro does not equal Nero.


2019 Toyota Prius C

Prius: the car so nice we listed it twice. The Prius C is the smaller version of the full-sized Prius, yet somehow it gets fewer miles to the gallon than the Prius — riddle me that. Still, the 2019 Prius C remains one of the most fuel-efficient cars you like, and as a hybrid, it offers the best of both engine types. This zippy little thing stretches your gas budget by packing 48 miles to the gallon in the city and 43 mpg on the highway.

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