Cars with the Best Gas Mileage for 2019
Cars with the best gas mileage aren’t just for tree-huggers anymore — there are a lot of great options on the market from hybrids to electric vehicles, to traditional gasoline-powered cars. Whether you’re looking to save money on gas, reduce environmental impact or both, the best gas mileage cars can help.
7 cars with the best gas mileage for 2019
- 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
- 2018 Toyota Prius
- 2019 Honda Insight
- 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid
- 2019 Kia Niro
- 2019 Kia Optima Hybrid
- 2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid
How we chose the cars with the best gas mileage
To make our list of cars with the best gas mileage, the car has to use gasoline (no electric vehicles, sorry Tesla). It also cannot be a plug-in hybrid as comparing MPG equivalent to MPG is like comparing apples to oranges. That said, several of the cars on our list are available as plug-ins and EVs. Best gas mileage cars have to get at least 39 MPG in both city and highway driving tests done by the EPA and have a score of least 4 out of 5 by KBB experts. Though all of the cars with the best gas mileage are hybrids and mostly sedan or hatchback models — heavier and larger vehicles such as SUVs get worse gas mileage — one small SUV made our list. When vehicles achieved favorable safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, we indicate that, too.
- 57 city, 59 highway MPG
- MSRP $22,400
- 4.4 by KBB experts
The Ioniq is a 2019 Top Safety Pick and is available as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fully-electric vehicle. Hyundai offers three trim levels on each: Blue, SEL and Limited, the lowest of which comes with the best gas mileage as they’re typically lighter vehicles. The least expensive Blue trim on the Ioniq Hybrid has a combined 58 MPG while the SEL and Limited trim levels have 55 MPG. However, as the saying goes, you can’t have everything. According to reviews, the price of the Ioniq’s great gas mileage and low price is ride quality. It doesn’t accelerate quickly, the seats aren’t comfortable for long periods and poor insulation allows for plenty of road noise. But if you usually drive short distances and you like to turn up the radio, this may a good car for you.
- 50 city, 54 highway MPG
- MSRP $23,475
- 4.4 by KBB and 5 stars NHTSA
The standard Prius was the long-time record-holder for best MPG, only recently beaten. It has one of the lowest five-year cost-to-own ratios, a reputation for reliability and high resale value. An 11.6-inch multimedia display is available and Toyota Safety Sense P is standard, including radar-adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, autonomous braking and steering assist. We feature the 2018 Prius because, as of publication, Toyota hasn’t yet released the price for its redesigned 2019 Prius. It’s also worth noting that there are two other Prius models currently in production, the Prius C and the Prius Prime. The Prius C is smaller, a subcompact, that gets 48 city, 43 highway MPG. The Prius Prime is a plug-in hybrid, which gets 133 MPGe.
- 55 city,49 highway MPG
- MSRP $22,930
- 4.4 by KBB experts and IIHS Top Safety Pick+
The tagline for the Honda Insight is “Sips gas. Soaks up stares.” And it has the smarts to match. Standard features include Honda Sensing with lane keeping assist system, traffic sign recognition, road departure mitigation system, collision mitigation braking system and adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow. Honda also offers a hybrid version of its popular Accord, but the Insight is cheaper — and comes with better mileage.
- 51 city, 53 highway MPG
- MSRP $28,150
- 4.6 by KBB experts and 5 stars NHTSA
The Prius tends to hog the hybrid spotlight for Toyota, but the Camry (and Avalon, Highlander and RAV4) comes as a hybrid as well as a traditional gasoline-powered car. The long-running sedan — now in its eighth generation — has standard features, such as a rearview camera, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay. Available features include: panoramic glass roof with moonroof, navigation, bird’s-eye camera, wireless phone charging and head-up display.
- 52 city, 49 highway MPG
- MSRP $23,490
- 4.4 by KBB experts
Born in 2017, the Kia Niro is one of the newest hybrid models on the market. It’s designed like an SUV crossover, but its low center of gravity makes it more of a hatchback. Five trim levels means you could customize your Niro to be more affordable or more opulent. The Deep Cerulean paint option can especially make the Niro gleam. A backup camera, Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility are standard. Available options include a parking assist system, blind-spot detection, lane change assist and autonomous emergency braking.
- 39 city, 46 highway MPG
- MSRP $28,090
- 4.4 by KBB experts and 5 stars NHTSA
The Kia Optima Hybrid is a midsize sedan with an interior that focuses on comfort. You can personalize the driver’s seat in 12 ways. Standard features on the hybrid include blind-spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, lane change assist, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility and rear parking assist systems. And all new Kias come with a 10-year, 100,000 mile powertrain warranty, which is the longest in the industry.
- 43 city,41 highway MPG
- MSRP $27,555
- 4.1 by KBB
The Ford Fusion Hybrid is available in three trims: SE, SEL and Titanium. On all three 2019 trims, the Ford Co-Pilot360 Protect Assist is standard, which includes adaptive cruise control, voice-activated navigation and safety technology, including automatic emergency braking with pedestrian protection, blind-spot information, lane-keeping system and a rearview camera. The sedan is also available as a plug-in hybrid, a regular 4-cylinder and as a turbo V6.
How to finance a new low-mileage car
Potential lenders include a credit union, bank or online lender. Apply to a few in order to compare offers and see which one is best for you before stepping foot onto the car lot. Dealers are often able to raise your APR and make a profit off your loan, not just your car. The best way to avoid this is to go with a preapproved auto loan in hand, so you know what APR you deserve and you can ask the dealer to beat that rate. On LendingTree, you could fill out an online form and receive up to five potential auto loan offers from lenders at once, instead of filling out five different lender applications.