The next time you're in the market for a new car, don't just look for luxury features like heated seats, a navigation system, air bags and a blind zone alert. Even though the price of gas is down in many parts of the country, it's important to purchase a vehicle that gets good gas mileage in town and on the highway. You never know when the price of gas will go back up and when it does, you don't want to be stuck with a gas-guzzling vehicle.
Saving Money When Buying a Car
A fuel-efficient vehicle will help you save once you're on the road, but before you buy, there are other ways you can drive your return on investment:
- Search for manufacturer data that shows gas mileage for the cars in which you're interested.
- Compare rates for auto loans and choose the best one.
- Consider resale value before purchasing a car so you'll get top dollar when you're ready to upgrade.
Best Gas Mileage Contenders
Here are some of the best gas mileage cars to consider for city driving when the time comes to upgrade your vehicle:
- Top performance cars. If upfront cost is no object when buying, you can choose from the BMW i3 Giga, which gets 135 miles per gallon (MPG). Ford Focus' new Electric model earns 108 MPG, while the Mitsubishi I SE clocks in at 104 MPG.
- Mid-range vehicles. A little lower on the efficiency scale but still earning considerable praise for performance are the Nissan Leaf SL (86 MPG), the Ford C-Max Hybrid SE and the Ford Fusion SE Hybrid (35 MPG each), along with the Toyota Prius V Three (33 MPG) and the Toyota Camry Hybrid (32 MPG).
- Budget options. There are efficient options for buyers on a budget. Consider the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid SE, which gets 31 MPG, the Ford Fiesta at 25 MPG and the Fiat 500 Pop (MT) at 25 MPG.
If you're looking for a vehicle that costs less than $25,000, but will still garner savings on gas, consider these models:
- 2015 Kia Optima Hybrid (36 MPG city, 40 highway)
- 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid (36 MPG city, 40 highway)
- 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage (37 MPG city, 44 highway)
- 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid (44 MPG city, 41 highway)
- 2015 Honda Civic Hybrid (44 MPG city, 47 highway)
- 2015 Toyota Prius (51 MPG city, 48 highway)
- 2015 Toyota Prius C (53 MPG city, 46 highway)
- 2015 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive (122 MPG city, 93 highway)
A few other cars to consider that may cost more than $25,000 but still offer great gas mileage are the Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid, the Honda Accord Hybrid, the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, the Toyota Avalon Hybrid, the Lexus ES 300h and the Ford Fusion Energi.
Sure, features like remote start, sunroof and leather seats will add to your car's luxury count, but if you hesitate to take the vehicle on the road because it's inefficient, you won't get your money's worth from the car. Don't get stuck with an out-of-control gas budget. Choose from these best gas mileage cars and you'll be satisfied now and down the road.