30 Small Cars That Get the Best Mileage

Want to save another $1,200 a year? A vehicle that gets 20 MPG costs you $593 more to fuel each year than one that gets 30 MPG. Over a period of five years, you could save $2,963 if you switched to the more efficient car. A hybrid or all-electric could save you twice that much - about $1,200 a year.

If you're in the market for a new car, don't forget how much a vehicle costs to drive. Based on data from the EPA's Fuel Economy site, here are some of 2019's most fuel-efficient small cars you can get. The winners are all-electric. If you're not ready for one of those, keep going to see the hybrids and regular gasoline cars.

The annual fuel cost of these cars is based on two assumptions: an annual mileage of 15,000 miles and a projected electricity price, and a fuel cost of $2.37/gallon.

2019 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Automatic
2019 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Automatic

2019 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Automatic

  • 136 MPGe combined
  • 25 kWh/100 miles
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $500

MPGe or miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent is a measure of the average distance traveled per unit of energy consumed and is used by the EPA to compare energy consumption of electric cars to gas cars that are rated in miles per gallon.

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2019 Volkswagen e-Golf Automatic, Electricity
2019 Volkswagen e-Golf Automatic, Electricity

2019 Volkswagen e-Golf Automatic, Electricity

  • 119 MPGe combined
  • 28 kWh/100 miles
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $550
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2019 BMW i3 and 2019 BMW i3s Automatic, Electricity
2019 BMW i3 and 2019 BMW i3s Automatic, Electricity

2019 BMW i3 and 2019 BMW i3s Automatic, Electricity

  • 113 MPGe combined
  • 30 kWh/100 miles
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $600

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2019 Nissan Leaf Automatic, Electricity
2019 Nissan Leaf Automatic, Electricity

2019 Nissan Leaf Automatic, Electricity

  • 112 MPGe combined
  • 30 kWh/100 miles
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $600

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2019 Fiat 500e Automatic, Electricity
2019 Fiat 500e Automatic, Electricity

2019 Fiat 500e Automatic, Electricity

  • 112 MPGe combined
  • 30 kWh/100 miles
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $600

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2019 Chevrolet Volt 1.5 L, 4 cyl, Automatic (variable gear ratios), Regular Gas or Electricity
2019 Chevrolet Volt 1.5 L, 4 cyl, Automatic (variable gear ratios), Regular Gas or Electricity

2019 Chevrolet Volt 1.5 L, 4 cyl, Automatic (variable gear ratios), Regular Gas or Electricity

  • Electricity: 106 MPGe combined
  • 31 kWh/100 miles
  • Reg. Gas: 42 MPG combined
  • 2.4 gal/100 miles
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $650

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2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid 1.6 L, 4 cyl, Automatic, Gas and Electricity
2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid 1.6 L, 4 cyl, Automatic, Gas and Electricity

2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid 1.6 L, 4 cyl, Automatic, Gas and Electricity

  • Gas & Electric: 119 MPGe combined
  • .0 gal/100 miles of gas + 28 kWh/100 miles
  • Reg. Gas: 52 MPG combined
  • 1.9 gal/100 miles
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $600

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2019 Hyundai Ioniq and Ioniq Blue
2019 Hyundai Ioniq and Ioniq Blue

2019 Hyundai Ioniq Blue 1.6 L, 4 cyl, Automatic, Regular Gasoline

  • 58 MPG combined
  • 1.7 gal/100 miles
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $600

2019 Hyundai Ioniq 1.6 L, 4 cyl, Automatic, Regular Gasoline

  • 55 MPG combined
  • 1.8 gal/100 miles
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $650

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2019 Toyota Prius c 1.5 L, 4 cyl, Automatic (variable gear ratios), Regular Gasoline
2019 Toyota Prius c 1.5 L, 4 cyl, Automatic (variable gear ratios), Regular Gasoline

2019 Toyota Prius c 1.5 L, 4 cyl, Automatic (variable gear ratios), Regular Gasoline

  • 46 MPG combined
  • 2.2 gal/100 miles
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $750

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2019 Mitsubishi Mirage and Mirage G4 Automatic
2019 Mitsubishi Mirage and Mirage G4 Automatic

2019 Mitsubishi Mirage 1.2 L, 3 cyl, Automatic (variable gear ratios), Regular Gasoline

  • 39 MPG combined
  • 2.6 gal/100 miles
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $900

2019 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 1.2 L, 3 cyl, Automatic (variable gear ratios), Regular Gasoline

  • 37 MPG combined
  • 2.7 gal/100 miles
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $950

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2019 Mitsubishi Mirage and Mirage G4, Manual
2019 Mitsubishi Mirage and Mirage G4, Manual

2019 Mitsubishi Mirage 1.2 L, 3 cyl, Manual, Regular Gasoline

  • 36 MPG combined
  • 2.8 gal/100 miles
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $1,000
2019 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 1.2 L, 3 cyl, Manual, Regular Gasoline
  • 35 MPG combined
  • 2.9 gal/100 miles
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $1,000
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2019 Chevrolet Cruze
2019 Chevrolet Cruze

2019 Chevrolet Cruze 1.6 L, 4 cyl, Automatic, Turbo, Diesel

  • 37 MPG combined
  • 2.7 gal/100 miles
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $1,250

2019 Chevrolet Cruze 1.4 L, 4 cyl, Automatic (variable gear ratios), Turbo, Regular Gasoline

  • 33 MPG combined
  • 3 gal/100 miles
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $1,100

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2019 BMW I8 Coupe 1.5 L, 3 cyl, Automatic, Turbo, Gas and Electricity
2019 BMW I8 Coupe 1.5 L, 3 cyl, Automatic, Turbo, Gas and Electricity

2019 BMW I8 Coupe 1.5 L, 3 cyl, Automatic, Turbo, Gas and Electricity

  • Gas & Electric: 69 MPGe combined
  • .0 gal/100 miles of gas + 49 kWh/100 miles
  • Prem. Gas: 27MPG combined
  • 3.7 gal/100 miles
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $1,350

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2019 Honda Fit 1.5 L, 4 cyl, Automatic (variable gear ratios), Regular Gasoline
2019 Honda Fit 1.5 L, 4 cyl, Automatic (variable gear ratios), Regular Gasoline

2019 Honda Fit 1.5 L, 4 cyl, Automatic (variable gear ratios), Regular Gasoline

  • 36 MPG combined
  • 2.8 gal/100 miles
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $1,000

The Honda Fit without the variable gear ratios gets about 33 mpg combined.

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2019 Honda Civic 4Dr 1.5 L, 4 cyl, Automatic (variable gear ratios), Turbo, Regular Gasoline
2019 Honda Civic 4Dr 1.5 L, 4 cyl, Automatic (variable gear ratios), Turbo, Regular Gasoline

2019 Honda Civic 4Dr 1.5 L, 4 cyl, Automatic (variable gear ratios), Turbo, Regular Gasoline

  • 36 MPG combined
  • 2.8 gal/100 miles
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $1,000

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2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback 2.0 L, 4 cyl, Automatic, Regular Gasoline
2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback 2.0 L, 4 cyl, Automatic, Regular Gasoline

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback 2.0 L, 4 cyl, Automatic, Regular Gasoline

  • 36 MPG combined
  • 2.8 gal/100 miles
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $1,000

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2019 Hyundai Elantra 1.4 L, 4 cyl, Automatic, Turbo, Regular Gasoline
2019 Hyundai Elantra 1.4 L, 4 cyl, Automatic, Turbo, Regular Gasoline

2019 Hyundai Elantra 1.4 L, 4 cyl, Automatic, Turbo, Regular Gasoline

  • 35 MPG combined
  • 2.9 gal/100 miles
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $1,000

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2019 Mazda 2, Automatic and Manual
2019 Mazda 2, Automatic and Manual

2019 Mazda 2 1.5 L, 4 cyl, Automatic, Regular Gasoline

  • 35 MPG combined
  • 2.9 gal/100 miles
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $1,000

2019 Mazda 2 1.5 L, 4 cyl, Manual, Regular Gasoline

  • 34 MPG combined
  • 2.9 gal/100 miles
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $1,050

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2019 Toyota Yaris Automatic and Manual, Gasoline
2019 Toyota Yaris Automatic and Manual, Gasoline

2019 Toyota Yaris 1.5 L, 4 cyl, Automatic, Regular Gasoline

  • 35 MPG combined
  • 2.9 gal/100 miles
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $1,000

2019 Toyota Yaris 1.5 L, 4 cyl, Manual, Regular Gasoline

  • 34 MPG combined
  • 2.9 gal/100 miles
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $1,050

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2019 Kia Forte and Kia Forte FE
2019 Kia Forte and Kia Forte FE

2019 Kia Forte FE 2.0 L, 4 cyl, Automatic (variable gear ratios), Regular Gasoline

  • 35 MPG combined
  • 2.9 gal/100 miles
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $1,000

2019 Kia Forte 2.0 L, 4 cyl, Automatic (variable gear ratios), Regular Gasoline

  • 34 MPG combined
  • 2.9 gal/100 miles
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $1,050

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2019 Honda Civic 2Dr 1.5 L, 4 cyl, Automatic, Turbo, Regular Gasoline
2019 Honda Civic 2Dr 1.5 L, 4 cyl, Automatic, Turbo, Regular Gasoline

2019 Honda Civic 2Dr 1.5 L, 4 cyl, Automatic (variable gear ratios), Turbo, Regular Gasoline

  • 35 MPG combined
  • 2.9 gal/100 miles
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $1,000

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2019 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback 1.6 L, 4 cyl, Automatic, Turbo, Diesel
2019 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback 1.6 L, 4 cyl, Automatic, Turbo, Diesel

2019 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback 1.6 L, 4 cyl, Automatic, Turbo, Diesel

  • 35 MPG combined
  • 2.9 gal/100 miles
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $1,350

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2019 Honda Civic 5Dr 1.5 L, 4 cyl, Automatic (variable gear ratios), Turbo, Regular Gasoline
2019 Honda Civic 5Dr 1.5 L, 4 cyl, Automatic (variable gear ratios), Turbo, Regular Gasoline

2019 Honda Civic 5Dr 1.5 L, 4 cyl, Automatic (variable gear ratios), Turbo, Regular Gasoline

  • 34 MPG combined
  • 2.9 gal/100 miles
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $1,050

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2019 Nissan Versa 1.6 L, 4 cyl, Automatic (variable gear ratios), Regular Gasoline
2019 Nissan Versa 1.6 L, 4 cyl, Automatic (variable gear ratios), Regular Gasoline

2019 Nissan Versa 1.6 L, 4 cyl, Automatic (variable gear ratios), Regular Gasoline

  • 34 MPG combined
  • 2.9 gal/100 miles
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $1,050

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2019 Toyota Corolla LE Eco 1.8 L, 4 cyl, Automatic (variable gear ratios), Regular Gasoline
2019 Toyota Corolla LE Eco 1.8 L, 4 cyl, Automatic (variable gear ratios), Regular Gasoline

2019 Toyota Corolla LE Eco 1.8 L, 4 cyl, Automatic (variable gear ratios), Regular Gasoline

  • 34 MPG combined
  • 2.9 gal/100 miles
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $1,050

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2019 Volkswagen Jetta
2019 Volkswagen Jetta

2019 Volkswagen Jetta 1.4 L, 4 cyl, Manual, Turbo, Regular Gasoline

  • 34 MPG combined
  • 2.9 gal/100 miles
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $1,050

2019 Volkswagen Jetta 1.4 L, 4 cyl, Automatic, Turbo, Regular Gasoline

  • 34 MPG combined
  • 2.9 gal/100 miles
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $1,050

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2019 MINI Cooper SE Countryman
2019 MINI Cooper SE Countryman

2019 MINI Cooper SE Countryman All4 1.5 L, 3 cyl, Automatic, Turbo, Gas and Electricity

  • Gas & Electric: 65 MPGe combined
  • 0 gal/100 miles of gas +51 kWh/100 miles
  • Prem. Gas: 27 MPG combined
  • 3.7 gal/100 miles
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $1,450

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2019 Chevrolet Spark 1.4 L, 4 cyl, Automatic (variable gear ratios), Regular Gasoline
2019 Chevrolet Spark 1.4 L, 4 cyl, Automatic (variable gear ratios), Regular Gasoline

2019 Chevrolet Spark 1.4 L, 4 cyl, Automatic (variable gear ratios), Regular Gasoline

  • 33 MPG combined
  • 3 gal/100 miles
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $1,100

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2019 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0 L, 4 cyl, Automatic, Regular Gasoline
2019 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0 L, 4 cyl, Automatic, Regular Gasoline

2019 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0 L, 4 cyl, Automatic, Regular Gasoline

  • 33 MPG combined
  • 3 gal/100 miles
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $1,100

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2019 Kia Rio 1.6 L, 4 cyl, Manual, Regular Gasoline
2019 Kia Rio 1.6 L, 4 cyl, Manual, Regular Gasoline

2019 Kia Rio 1.6 L, 4 cyl, Manual, Regular Gasoline

  • 32 MPG combined
  • 3.1 gal/100 miles
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $1,100

You can calculate your MPG, search specific cars and compare vehicles side by side at FuelEconomy.gov.

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