When you think of fuel-efficient cars, do you picture tiny little two-seater, subcompacts that look more like toys than actual passenger cars? Well, that's no longer the case. Luxury sedans and SUV's are now well-established in the world of fuel-efficient cars. There are also expensive, high-end fuel-efficient cars and some that are quite affordable for the average Joe. The most fuel-efficient 2017 car will probably be a big surprise but the first runner-up shouldn't surprise anyone.
Who makes the most fuel-efficient luxury car?
Audi's A3 Sportback e-tron hatchback gets 33 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. It has a 1.4-L turbocharged inline-4 gas engine plus an electric motor that produces a combined 204 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Its base price is about $40,000.
The Jaguar XE gets 32 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway with its 2.0-L, 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine. You can drive this fuel-efficient luxury sedan for around $45,000.
The 2017 Lincoln MKZ is a hybrid luxury sedan that gets 41 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway with its 2.0-L 4-cyllinder hybrid engine. You can drive it home for $35,000 to $45,000.
Lexus's CT luxury hatchback gets 43 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway with its 1.8-L, 4-cyllinder hybrid engine. You could drive this fuel-efficient car for as little as $30,000.
Mercedes-Benz's B-Class luxury hatchback gets 85 mpge in the city and 82 mpge on the highway with its all-electric motor. Unfortunately, it has a rather short range of only about 88 miles per charge. It can be purchased for around $35,000.
Tesla almost has the fuel-efficient luxury vehicle market cornered with the Model X luxury, mid-size SUV and Model S luxury sedan. The Model X gets 91 mpge in the city and 95 mpge on the highway with its 328-hp dual AC electric motors. It is a bit more expensive than the competition with a price tag of about $80,000. The Model S gets 101 mpge in the city and 107 mpge on the highway with its single or double electric motors, depending on which option you choose. It costs right around $70,000.
BMW takes the prize in this category with the i3 luxury hatchback. It gets 137 mpge in the city and 111 mpge on the highway from its electric motor. This fuel-efficient car is available with an electric/gas engine combination, so you don't have to worry about running down the battery before you get home. You can get a 2017 BMW i3 for right around $40,000.
What is the cheapest fuel-efficient 2017 vehicle?
There are quite a few fuel-efficient 2017's for about $15,000 or less. The Fiat 500 Pop hatchback gets 31 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. It costs around $15,000. The Hyundai Accent sedan or hatchback gets 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway and costs around $15,000. Hyundai's Ioniq hybrid gets 57 mpg in the city and 59 mpg on the highway, but it costs between $22,000 and $25,000.
The Smart Fortwo subcompact gets 33 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. You can get it in either a coupe or convertible model. The coupe costs around $15,000 and the convertible model starts at about $19,000.
The Kia Rio sedan or hatchback gets 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway and costs around $15,000. The Kia Niro subcompact SUV gets 52 mpg in the city and 49 mpg on the highway, but it costs $22,000 to $25,000.
The Ford Fiesta subcompact sedan or hatchback gets 31 mpg in the city and 41 on the highway. You can get one of them for about $14,000. The Chevrolet Spark subcompact gets 30 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway and costs $13,000 to $15,000.
Mitsubishi makes the cheapest, most fuel-efficient car ??? the Mirage subcompact. It gets 37 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway and can be purchased for under $15,000.
The Nissan Versa is about the cheapest, fuel-efficient car with a starting price of around $12,000. It gets 31 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway.
What is the most fuel-efficient 2017 car?
The Hyundai Ioniq electric mid-sized sedan is the most fuel-efficient 2017 car. Its 118-hp all-electric motor gets 150 mpge in the city and 122 mpge on the highway, and it will go up to 124 miles on one charge. You can buy a brand new Ioniq electric for about $30,000. You may qualify for a $7,500 income tax deduction, too, bringing the price of the car all the way down to $22,500. The Ionic seats five and has 23.8 cubic feet of cargo space.
The BMW i3 comes in at second place with its extremely fuel-efficient combined 124 mpge. You can travel 97 miles per charge on the electric motor. When you use the small gas engine, it gets 36 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway and will go about 83 miles on one fill-up. The BMW i3 seats four people, although the back seat isn't exactly roomy, and offers 15 cubic feet of cargo space.
The Chevrolet Bolt EV hatchback and Volkswagen e-Golf compacts are tied for third place. They both get a combined 119 mpge; however, they don't go the same distance. The eGolf will go 125 miles on a fully-charged battery. The Bolt EV will go up to 238 miles on a fully-charged battery. The e-Golf base price is between $30,000 and $37,000 while the Chevy Bolt EV costs between $37,495 and $41,780.