7 Top Cars and SUVs Averaging at Least 30 MPG Combined
Over the past few decades, automakers have made significant gains in efficiency and fuel economy for their cars, many of which are now achieving figures that were relatively unthinkable for their classes not that long ago. Twenty miles per gallon was once the holy grail of fuel efficiency and a number that many strived for; that was soon bumped by 30, and as cars like Toyota’s (NYSE:TM) Prius have shown, 40 and 50 miles per gallon are now the benchmarks for mainstream, mass production vehicles.
So what falls where? In a world where pickup trucks are now capable of mid-20s and 40 miles per gallon is now almost expected from compact cars, what does the automotive fuel economy landscape look like? We set out to find the top cars that fall into the 30, 35, 40, and 45 mile per gallon combined ratings, broken down by segment. Here’s what you can buy if a 30 miles per gallon rating – per the EPA — is more than adequate for your purposes.
For our purposes, we didn’t include any vehicles with a combined rating of less than 30, and though you may find some with ratings slightly higher, we tried to stick as close as possible to that figure. There were certainly some surprising vehicles — large luxury sedans, for instance — that just a few years ago would have had trouble breaking the 20 mile per gallon mark. As for the “best” or “top” denomination, we took a couple of other factors, like price, value, and cost of ownership, into account in efforts to find the best deal within the given parameters.
Here are seven leading vehicles that achieve at least 30 combined miles per gallon. If you have something to add or feel differently, let us know in the comments below.