Thursday, February 5, 2009

Best mileage vehicles... Not from the Big 3

So what are the best gas mileage vehicles out there for 2009?
I still need to drive a family around so electric is not an option yet.

According to the Toyota Prius is the most fuel efficient vehicle for 2009. It is rated to get 48 MPG in city and 45 MPG on the highway. The MSRP is in the range of $22,000 to $24,270.

Next is the Honda Civic Hybrid getting 40 MPG in the city and 45 MPG for highway driving. With an MSRP of $23650 to $26,850 it is a more expensive option.

Then there is the Smart car. The fortwo Coupe and fortwo Convertible are rated to get 33 MPG city driving and 41 MPG on the highway. The MSRP for these little cars is $11,990 to $16,990. Not bad of a price. Too bad it's too small to carry the family.

VW's 2009 Jetta TDI and Sportwagon Diesel are rated to get 30 MPG city and 41 MPG on the highway. They have an MSRP of $22,270 and $23,870 respectively. Run it on biodiesel and reduce your impact even more.

Another Toyota entry is the Yaris which getes 28 MPG in the city and 36 MPG on the highway. MSRP range for this car is $12,205 and 15,880. This is a good contender for our next get around town family vehicle.

Rounding out my most fuel efficient list, from accross the pond there is the Mini. This has always been a nice looking car with 28 MPG in the city and 37 MPG on the highway. It has an MSRP of $18,550 and $28,550 depending on the model and options.

Others models that getover 20 MPG, but under the 28 MPG in the city are the Nissan Versa, the Hyundai Sonata, and the Honda Accord.

I am curious as to why aren't there any models from the Big 3 on this list. Probably the same reason why they have lost their Big 3 status.


  1. Indeed, why are the Chev Aveo and Cobalt not on the list?

    Aveo 30 city 42 hwy

    Cobalt 29 city 43 hwy

  2. A correction:

    Cobalt XFE 25/37

    Aveo 27/34

  3. Thanks for setting me straight on this.
    Per in the Small Car class the Aveo gets 27 MPG in the city and 34 MPG on the highway. This is the same class of cars as the Civic Hybrid and Jetta TDI both getting 30 MPG and higher in the city.
    The Chevy Cobalt is also considered to be in the small car class and gets 25 MPG and 37 MPG on the highway.
    Within this class of cars the Aveo and Cobalt get good mileage, but not enough to make the most fuel efficient.


  4. Have you guys heard about the Hydrogen hybrid, just an added on feature to your existing vehicle they are talking about cars, Rigs,and even

  5. No I have not heard...but I do know that there are lots of snakeoil salesmen out there...I would have to see scientific proof to believe it.

  6. Hi Robert,

    I came across your blog while searching for some reference material on alternative fuels. I like the way you have put forward your ideas and being supporter of the 'Go Green' movement like to read what others have to say on this matter.