2017's Most Fuel-Efficient Cars and Trucks

The most fuel-efficient cars are not necessarily those econobox cars that broadcast “I settled” to other drivers. Consider the Fiat 500e: It’s as sporty and sassy a car as anyone could want, yet it’s a major miser of fuel and electricity at a combined 112 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent (MPGe), according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

A Variety of Options to Choose From

Fuel-efficient cars and trucks come in all sizes and configurations these days. True, for fuel economy cars beat trucks and vans, but the best fuel-efficient trucks do extremely well against the average trucks. This can mean big savings in fuel costs over the life of a truck or van.

Trucks and Vans

Fuel economy extends to family and work vehicles, offering sensible savings and environmental excellence.

  • In a gasoline full-size pickup, the winner is the two-wheel drive Ford F150 at 22 combined MPG, which can mean $1,000 in fuel savings over five years, compared to the average pickup.
  • For a van that combines the best of gasoline and electricity, turn to the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid with its best-in-class 84 MPGe (gas and electric) or 32 MPG (gas only) for a combined 52 MPGe.

Straight, No Chaser

Cars still using regular gasoline to eek out mileage perform really well. The winner here is the 2017 Ford Fiesta SFE FWD, which gets 35 MPG combined city and highway – saving you $1,500 in fuel costs over five years compared to the average car.


Mixing a gasoline engine and battery technology, the Hyundai Ioniq Blue (a large car) gets an astounding 58 combined MPG, giving back a profoundly pleasing $3,500 in five-year fuel savings.


To reach the dizzying heights of maximum miles per gallon, the best fuel-efficient cars combine small size and advanced electric vehicle (EV) technology. Here, two stand out:

  • 2017 BMW i3 BEV equipped with a 60 amp-hour battery provides 124 MPGe combined city and highway.
  • Hyundai hits the heights again with its 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric, at a masterful 136 MPGe that could save you $3,750 in five-year fuel costs against the average car.

Looking for a fuel efficient, economical car like the Ioniq or Fiat 500e? Reliable Auto Sales can help you get the car, van or pickup truck you are looking for. Contact Reliable Auto Sales today to learn more about our locator service.

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