Car Rankings

Most Fuel-Efficient Cars of 2015

Three affordable new vehicles that will help you get more mileage for your money.

You might be breathing a little easier about fuel costs these days. But consider this: The average price of gasoline has already rebounded from recent lows, and by historical standards, it's really still not much of a bargain. So don't rule out fuel economy when it comes to your next vehicle. When we at Kiplinger ranked the 2015 cars, we picked winners based on fuel efficiency as well. Let me tell you about a few.

If you're spending less than $20,000, you're not going to find any hybrids or other advanced technology to impress your green-minded friends. But you can buy a really top-notch little car, the Honda Fit LX. It's also Kiplinger's pick for Best New Car. The Fit's revamped 1.5 liter engine now puts out 130 horsepower, while still returning 33 miles per gallon in the city and 41 on the highway.

Selling for a bit over $40,000 is BMW's entry into the alternative-fuel field. The BMW i3 will definitely turn heads with its design, which includes carbon-fiber panels. You can get it in two configurations: Electric only, which will let you cover about 80 miles, or pay more for a range-extender gasoline engine that kicks in to generate electricity, roughly doubling the range. The EPA rating is 137 miles per gallon in the city, 111 on the highway.

When it comes to pickup trucks, people more often think about payload, reliability and style than fuel economy, which they assume is miserable. But carmakers, who sell an awful lot of trucks, are working hard to crank up their efficiency. Ford built its new Ford F-150 with an aluminum body to save weight. If you pick the 2.7 liter EcoBoost V6, that big ol' pickup turns in 19 MPG in the city, and 26 on the highway. Even if those numbers don't sound so high to you, keep in mind that the F-150 is 10% more efficient than the runner-up, the Chevy Silverado. That difference will save you about $200 a year.

We have 13 other fuel-efficient models to consider. Take a look.

Most Popular

Your Guide to Roth Conversions
Special Report
Tax Breaks

Your Guide to Roth Conversions

A Kiplinger Special Report
February 25, 2021
Dividend Increases: 14 Stocks That Have Doubled Their Payouts
dividend stocks

Dividend Increases: 14 Stocks That Have Doubled Their Payouts

Looking for companies executing substantial dividend increases? These 14 stocks have upped the payout ante by a minimum of 100% this year.
November 26, 2021
Resist the Impulse to Buy These 14 Holiday Gifts
shopping

Resist the Impulse to Buy These 14 Holiday Gifts

Don't let those holiday sale promotions persuade you into buying something now that will be much cheaper later.
November 18, 2021

Recommended

11 Winter Car Maintenance Tips
Buying & Leasing a Car

11 Winter Car Maintenance Tips

Cold temperatures put stress on your car. Get ahead of the situation and keep winter woes from hurting your ride or your wallet.
November 22, 2021
Renting a Car over the Holidays Will Be a Trip
cars

Renting a Car over the Holidays Will Be a Trip

Chip shortages, the pandemic and a surge in demand will combine to make renting a car a challenge. Here’s our best advice to find a rental you can aff…
November 17, 2021
After Storms, Beware of Flooded Cars for Sale
Buying & Leasing a Car

After Storms, Beware of Flooded Cars for Sale

There's a chance the used car you have your eye on could have been damaged. Here’s what to watch out for.
October 29, 2021
Car Buying for Beginners
Buying & Leasing a Car

Car Buying for Beginners

Haggle over the price of the car and the terms of the loan to keep your monthly payments in check.
October 27, 2021