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In a world where gas prices seem to perpetually defy gravity, finding an efficient and affordable car has become more crucial than ever. While many suggest going electric or hybrid, it’s common knowledge in the auto industry that these options often come with a heftier price tag compared to their traditional internal combustion engine counterparts.
So, let’s dive into the list of the top 10 fuel-efficient cars for 2022, focusing on traditional gasoline-powered vehicles. We’ll consider their combined miles per gallon (MPG) to rank them.
10. Honda Accord: The Reliable Commuter
Kicking off our list is the ever-reliable Honda Accord. It’s practically the definition of a commuter car. Known for its reliability and practicality, this vehicle offers a remarkable full tank range, boasting 488 miles on a tank of gas. It’s powered by a turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, producing a respectable 192 horsepower. With 30 MPG in the city and 38 MPG on the highway, it averages around 32 MPG.
9. Volkswagen Jetta: Affordable Luxury
The Volkswagen Jetta surprises with its touch of luxury in an economy car. With 147 horsepower, it provides more than enough power for daily commuting. Impressing with its efficiency, the Jetta achieves 31 MPG in the city and 41 MPG on the highway, resulting in a combined average of 35 MPG.
8. Kia Forte: Affordable and Efficient
The Kia Forte matches the Volkswagen Jetta in fuel economy, offering an excellent 31 MPG in the city and 41 MPG on the highway. Positioned between the smaller Rio and the larger K5, this front-wheel-drive sedan produces just under 150 horsepower and provides an impressive range of 490 miles on a full tank.
7. Nissan Versa: Safety and Efficiency
The Nissan Versa resembles the Kia Forte in many ways, offering a luxurious touch for its class. All 2022 models come with a seven-inch touchscreen and an array of standard safety features. It achieves 32 MPG in the city and 40 MPG on the highway, with a combined average of around 35 MPG.
6. Toyota Corolla: Versatile and Efficient
The new 2022 Toyota Corolla comes in various trims to satisfy a wide range of consumer needs. The most fuel-efficient trim produces 169 horsepower from its 2.0-liter engine. It achieves 32 MPG in the city and 41 MPG on the highway, averaging around 35 MPG. Its range extends to 462 miles on a full tank.
5. Kia Rio: Budget-Friendly Efficiency
The 2022 Kia Rio saw a power drop compared to previous models, making it one of the most fuel-efficient cars on our list. With approximately 120 horsepower, this car is recognized as a top safety pick by IIHS. It offers 33 MPG in the city and 41 MPG on the highway, with a combined average of 36 MPG.
4. Hyundai Accent: Compact and Practical
Hyundai’s Accent, the smallest sedan in their lineup, remains a practical daily driver. It combines a four-cylinder engine with a CVT transmission and offers 120 horsepower. Much like the Kia Rio, it excels in efficiency, with 33 MPG in the city and 41 MPG on the highway, resulting in a combined average of 36 MPG.
3. Honda Civic: Versatility Personified
The Honda Civic stands out for its versatility, catering to both enthusiasts and regular commuters. Its most fuel-efficient trim achieves 32 MPG in the city and 42 MPG on the highway, with an average of 36 MPG. The top trim may have less horsepower, around 108, but it’s still a strong contender in terms of fuel economy.
2. Hyundai Elantra: Surprisingly Stylish
The 2022 Hyundai Elantra surprises with an aggressive facelift, making it one of the most stylish options on our list. Its non-hybrid model offers 147 horsepower and a fuel economy of 33 MPG in the city and 43 MPG on the highway, averaging 37 MPG. The hybrid trim, which we’re not considering, offers an impressive 54 MPG, but it comes at a higher cost.
1. Mitsubishi Mirage: Budget Champion
In the top spot, we have the Mitsubishi Mirage, possibly the quirkiest-looking car on our list. It comes in two body styles, with the hatchback being our focus. The base model Mirage is the second cheapest new car in America, starting at just $16,125. With its 1.2-liter 3-cylinder engine, it delivers 78 horsepower. While it may not win any speed contests, it excels in fuel efficiency, offering an average of 39 MPG with 36 MPG in the city and 43 MPG on the highway.
In conclusion, these ten cars represent some of the most fuel-efficient options for 2022. We focused on traditional, non-hybrid, and non-electric vehicles that offer both reliability and affordability. If you’re in the market for a new daily driver that won’t break the bank at the pump, these cars are worth your consideration. Let us know your thoughts on this list in the comments, and if you’d like to see more top 10 lists in the future. Your continued support is greatly appreciated, and I’ll catch you in the next one.