Best fuel economy used hybrids and hatchbacks, consumer report analysts say

Best fuel economy used hybrids and hatchbacks, consumer report analysts say

When fuel economy really matters

Just because a car has been on the clock for a few years doesn’t always mean fuel economy has taken a nosedive — especially when a vehicle has been well-maintained by the owner with regular maintenance with oil changes being the most important factor.

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In fact, even after 5 years of use, many models will often get as close to a gallon of gas as when they were bought brand new. And that means a lot these days when it comes to current fuel prices and the difficulties of finding a used car at a reasonable price.

The best used cars for fuel economy

That said, doesn’t it make sense to look for used vehicles that are lighter, smaller, and with enough space to meet your everyday driving needs?! That is the message of a recent Consumer Reports analysis that focuses on those cars that “…designed and built recently enough that performance in our tests is comparable to brand new cars, especially fuel economy.”

The following is a recap of their curated list of the most fuel-efficient 5 year old hybrid sedans and hatchbacks that are still new enough to offer many of the modern conveniences and entertainment features enjoyed in the newer model…but at a lower price. .

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Recommended most economical used hybrids and hatchbacks

1. Toyota Prius Prime 2017
Price Range: $24,325 – $28,075
Owner-reported MPG: 70 mpg
Notes on fuel efficiency: The Prime is a plug-in Prius that can normally reach about 23 miles on electricity alone. If you drive alternating between gas and electric, you can expect a total of 50 mo.

2. 2017 Ford C-MAX
Price Range: $16,550 – $18,825
Owner-reported MPG: 42 mpg
Notes on fuel efficiency: Available in a Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid and regular hybrid (non-plug-in) pack models. Both deliver a total of 37 mpg during testing. The Energi plug-in can run 18 miles on electricity alone after being fully charged.

3. 2017 Hyundai Ioniq
Price Range: $17,050 – $20,275
Owner-reported MPG: 51 mpg
Notes on fuel efficiency: The Ioniq ties to the more expensive Prius at 52 mpg; CR analysts note, however, that the “…compromise for getting such low fuel consumption is that the Ioniq of that time had very long braking distances.”

4. Toyota Prius 2017
Price Range: $21,200 – $24,825
Owner-reported MPG: 53 mpg
Notes on fuel efficiency: According to CR analysts, the fourth-generation Prius was a game-changer delivering a total of 52 mpg with a “…newer, bigger and more efficient 121-hp, 1.8-liter four-cylinder hybrid engine.”

5. 2017 Kia Niro
Price Range: $17,625 – $21,850
Owner-reported MPG: 46 mpg
Notes on fuel efficiency: CR road test found that “…the 139 hp 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine and electric drive of this front-wheel drive hybrid delivered a very good 43 mpg in our testing.”

6. 2017 Toyota Prius C
Price Range: $16,700 – $18,375
Owner-reported MPG: 52 mpg
Notes on fuel efficiency: The smaller of the Prius models, this one is a little less desirable but still offers remarkable mileage with urban fuel economy of 37mpg from the 99hp, 1.5-litre four-cylinder hybrid engine and 43mpg during testing.

7. 2017 Toyota Prius V
Price Range: $22,150 – $24,075
Owner-reported MPG: 40 mpg
Notes on fuel efficiency: The larger size and weight lower fuel consumption, but still get a respectably excellent 41 mpg overall in our testing with the benefit of more room for passengers and storage.

8. 2017 Lexus CT 200h
Price Range: $24,825
Owner-reported MPG: 43 mpg
Notes on fuel efficiency: Don’t expect luxury from Lexus with this model, but the CT will deliver a frugal 40mpg overall.

9. 2017 Ford Fusion
Price Range: $16,600 – $22,975
Owner-reported MPG: 25 mpg
Notes on fuel efficiency: A beautiful sedan that costs half as much as comparable models, CR analysts found it “…an excellent 39 mpg overall in our tests of the 188 hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder hybrid and 41 mpg on the highway. The car can also run on electric power alone at speeds of up to 120 km/h, although it is difficult to maintain highway speeds without the engine firing.”

10. 2017 Hyundai Sonata
Price Range: $15,175 – $21,300
Owner-reported MPG: 29 mpg
Notes on fuel efficiency: For car buyers who are not fond of a continuously variable transmission (CVT), this model has a conventional automatic transmission with a more natural feel and an impressive 39 mpg in road testing.

11. 2017 Toyota Camry
Price Range: $19,050 – $22,850
Owner-reported MPG: 28 mpg
Notes on fuel efficiency: 38 mph overall in our testing with a 650 mile range on a single tank of gas.

12. 2017 Lexus ES
Price Range: $27,650 – $28,325
Owner-reported MPG: 24 mpg
Notes on fuel efficiency: Rated by CR analysts as a “a less satisfying luxury sedanIt delivers an excellent 36 mpg overall and 44 on the highway with the benefit of a historically reliable engine.

13. 2017 Lincoln FMD
Price Range: $19,450 – $29,750
Owner-reported MPG: 24 mpg
Notes on fuel efficiency: A beautiful sedan that rivals some high-end European sports sedans, the front-wheel drive hybrid version gets an impressive 34 mpg overall CR analysts report.

And finally…

For additional articles on vehicle choices and fuel economy, here are some for your consideration:

• Consumer Reports tests the most fuel-efficient hybrid cars, minivans and SUVs

• New vehicles that cost the most fuel and used vehicles that are the most fuel efficient

• Fuel-efficient cars to avoid that are actually gas guzzlers

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Timothy Boyer is a car reporter for Torque News, based in Cincinnati. He has experience with early car restorations and regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for better performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily news about new and used vehicles.

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