Top 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Cars 2016


10 of the Most Fuel-Efficient Cars You Can Buy Under $25,000

Looking for the most fuel-efficient cars? It can be really important these days to save a few bucks a year and get you further. We can also help you save some dough by recommending these top 10 fuel-efficient cars that are under $25,000. Not bad, right?

1. 2016 Ford C-Max Hybrid
This vehicle can get you 42/37 MPG city/highway. It’s a practical and efficient hatchback that’ll give you more oomph than a Prius.

2. 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid
This roomy, mid-size sedan will get you 43/39 MPG city/highway.

3. 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
This stylish Hyundai will get you 40/44 MPG city/highway.

4. 2016 Toyota Prius V
With excellent cargo space, this vehicle also boasts 44/40 MPG or 42 combined MPG.

5. 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid
The most efficient in its class, this Hybrid boasts 44/41 MPG.

6. 2016 Toyota Prius C
The Prius C is the smallest of it’s Prius family, but it is also the most affordable car on this list. It also gets 53/46 MPG.

7. 2016 Toyota Prius
This all new Prius is more fuel-efficient than ever. It can get you 52 MG combined or 54/50 MPG.

8. 2016 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive
This little smartcar might not be the roomiest but if efficiency is more important, this is your top choice. It gets 122/93 MPG.

9. 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
The is the most affordable fully electric car in the country. It boasts an impressive 126/99 MPG.

10. 2016 Chevrolet Spark EV
Drumroll please… this electric car from Chevy gets 128/109 MPG or 119 combined for the most efficient car you can buy under $25,000.

With varying horsepower, cargo space and efficiency, any one of these vehicles could be the perfect fuel-efficient car for you.


Understanding How Octane Levels Affect your Fuel Economy

Fuel economy is an important topic in the automotive industry today. But, when you fuel up at the pump do you think about the octane level that is best for your vehicle? Does it really make a difference if you fill your tank with regular instead of premium?

The name premium definitely promotes the image of better fuel economy. More oomph per gallon. The truth is that premium provides no more energy than regular. The real difference lies in the blend of hydrocarbons used to make the fuel as well as the list of additives that are mixed in.

Additives are used to reduce carbon build-up in your engine, thus improving combustion and allowing for easier starting in colder climates. A key additive in your petrol is ethanol. It is added to boost the fuel’s octane rating. A higher rating equals a higher “compression ratio”, which increases the temperature in your combustion chamber. This is where your high-octane petrol is needed to produce more power and is designed for performance vehicles. If you have a high compression engine, you would be ill advised to use regular gas. However, if your vehicle’s manual says that premium is “recommended” and not “required” then the choice is yours. Your engine will adjust to run on the lower octane fuel. It will just produce less power and have slightly higher fuel consumption.

For regular Joe’s without high-compression engines, 87 unleaded is fine. When gas prices are at a high, you’ll still save more at the pump fueling up with regular than fueling up with premium. To sum it up, there are no advantages in using premium gas in a car that doesn’t require it. Go ahead and save those 15-20 cents per gallon. You’re not doing anything to mistreat your vehicle. So, rest easy and get yourself a little snack at the pump while you’re at it.