Published on December 4th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan


10 Most Fuel Efficient Cars In US (2014)

December 4th, 2013 by  

Originally published on EV Obsession.

most fuel efficient car in US

Update Dec 5, 2013: It seems that the Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model S aren’t on this list because the EPA has created the list for 2014 models only and it doesn’t have 2014 model data for those. I’ll update this post (and) write a new announcement, when I see the list updated again. Of course, other electric cars also might make the cut once their 2014 fuel economy ratings are in.

The US EPA and DOE have released an updated list of the top 10 most fuel efficient cars on the US auto market in 2014. This year, the Chevy Spark EV, which has gotten some very positive reviews (especially for its zippiness) tops the list. Of course, this isn’t simply supposed to be a list of the most fuel efficient electric cars (…er, most electricity efficient?), but that’s what it has ended up becoming. All 10 vehicles below are plug-in vehicles. The first 7 are 100% electric vehicles, while the remaining 3 are plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

Unfortunately, those top 3 most fuel efficient cars are sold in just a few markets, and aren’t even being manufactured in high enough numbers to meet demand. When are these manufacturers going to step up and at least start producing enough for the people who want them?

1. 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV Combined 119 City 128/Highway 109
All-electric, Auto (A1)
2. 2014 Honda Fit EV 2014 Honda Fit EV Combined 118 City 132/Highway 105
All-electric, Auto (A1)
3. 2014 Fiat 500e 2014 Fiat 500e Combined 116 City 122/Highway 108
All-electric, Auto (A1)
4. 2014 smart fortwo cabriolet EV 2014 smart fortwo EV cabriolet Combined 107 City 122/Highway 93
All-electric, Auto (A1)
2014 smart fortwo coupe EV 2014 smart fortwo EV coupe Combined 107 City 122/Highway 93
All-electric, Auto (A1)
5. 2014 Ford Focus Electric 2014 Ford Focus Electric Combined 105 City 110/Highway 99
All-electric, Auto (AV)
6. 2014 Toyota RAV4 EV 2014 Toyota RAV4 EV Combined 76 City 78/Highway 74
All-electric, Auto (AV)
7. 2014 Chevrolet Volt 2014 Chevrolet Volt Combined 62 City 63/Highway 61
Plug-in Hybrid, Auto (AV)
8. 2014 Ford Fusion Energi 2014 Ford Fusion Energi Combined 58 City 63/Highway 54
Plug-in Hybrid, Auto (AV)
2014 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Combined 58 City 59/Highway 56
Plug-in Hybrid, Auto (AV)

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  • Jim Seko

    Just a few short years ago the 50 MPG Prius was at the top of this list and now hybrids (non plug in hybrids) are not even in the top ten. That’s progress!

  • Kyle Field

    I’m curious as to why the Chevy volt is rated at 62 mpg. The Official EPA MPGe rating on the Chevy site for combined gas/electric is 98 mpge ( and just gas is 37 mpg. Odd that somehow it came out at 62 mpg on this list.

    • 98 MPGe is for the battery mode and the 37 MPG is for the gas mode, while 62 MPG is the ‘avg’

  • BigWu

    The Tesla S is curiously absent from this government list. The 60 kWh and 80 kWh are rated at 95 and 89 MPGe respectively, so they should rank #6. The Fusion and Prius PHEVs should, accordingly, not even be in the top-10.

  • Marion Meads

    I can only see 8 cars in the list above, what happened? It is supposed to be 10. Maybe truncated by wrong table format?

    • There are 10, but there are 2 at #4 and 2 at #8 and they don’t adjust accordingly.

      • Marion Meads

        Ok, so there were ties? but they should be numbered in the middle, ie, 4.5, 4.5 and the last two at 9.5,9.5 rank.

        • Bob_Wallace

          Doubling up on one number and then skipping is fairly common. These sort of lists are only ordinal, not interval or ratio.

          • Marion Meads

            So as per your rule of skipping, the last two should be numbered 9 instead of 8, because we skipped 5 and used 4 for both cars, that brings the next one to 6 then 7, 8,9 instead of starting with 5, so the last one is 9 for two cars that are tied, if your rule is to be followed.

          • Bob_Wallace

            Is this actually a productive use of your time, Marion?

          • Marion Meads

            I love mathematics and statistics and wouldn’t pass the opportunity.

        • not my list. but apparently not that uncommon of a method.

  • anderlan

    This ain’t even resembling right. Strictly by the MPGe numbers the Model S fits above the RAV4 and the LEAF fits above the smart. There was some sort of hybrid quota that had to be met or something.

    • hmm, i didn’t double check the numbers, just assumed there wasn’t anything funky going on. thoroughly confused now.

    • Update: The list is just for 2014 models.

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