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10 Most Fuel Efficient Cars Are (Of Course) Electric Cars

Originally published on EV Obsession.

I just realized while writing “Auto Industry: ‘We Can’t Change, Please Let Us Keep Abusing You‘” that I never got to publishing a 2016 edition of “Most Fuel Efficient Cars In The USA,” to follow the very popular 2015 and 2014 posts.

As it turns out, not much has changed since 2015. Of course, electric cars still control the entire list. No car has topped the #1 BMW i3, nor knocked the #2 Chevy Spark EV off of the silver medal podium, nor displaced the #3 Volkswagen e-Golf from the bronze medal podium. In fact … no top 10 ranking has changed except for the Nissan LEAF (now #4) switching spots with the Fiat 500e (now tied for #5 with the Mitsubishi i-MiEV), due to a slight drop in the 500e’s efficiency from 116 MPGe to 112 MPGe.

Here are the 10 most fuel efficient cars in the United States in 2016 (so far):

BMW i3 Sarasota 1 copy

1. BMW i3 — 124 MPGe

2. Chevy Spark EV — 119 MPGe

3. Volkswagen e-Golf — 116 MPGe

4. Nissan LEAF114 MPGe

5. Fiat 500e — 112 MPGe

5. Mitsubishi i-MiEV — 112 MPGe

7. Smart Electric Drive — 107 MPGe & 107 MPGe

8. Kia Soul EV105 MPGe

8. Ford Focus Electric105 MPGe

10. Tesla Model S (75D) — 95 MPGe

Here are some more details on the electric cars currently for sale on the US market:

EVObsession.com EPA Efficiency Rating (MPGe) on Battery Electric-Only Range (EPA except when in km first) Price $ after US federal tax credit Seats Drivetrain
Tesla Model X (60D / 75D / 90D / P90D) 93 / 93 / 92 / 89 200 / 238 / 257 / 250 miles $74,000 / $83,000 / $95,000 / $115,500 $66,500 / $75,500 / $87,500 / $108,000 5–7 EV
Tesla Model S (60 / 75 / 90D / P90D) 103 / 103 / 103 / 95 210 / 249 / 294 / 270 miles $66,000 / $74,500 / $89,500 / 109,500 $58,500 / $67,000 / $82,000 / $102,000 5+2 EV
Chevy Spark EV 119 82 miles $27,495 $19,995 4 EV
Fiat 500e 116 87 miles $31,800 $24,800 4 EV
Honda Accord Plug-in 115 13 miles $39,780 $36,154 5 PHEV
Mitsubishi i-MiEV 112 62 miles $22,995 $15,495 4 EV
2nd-Gen Chevy Volt 106 53 $33,220 $25,720 5 PHEV
Kia Soul EV 105 93 miles $33,700 $26,200 5 EV
1st-Gen Chevy Volt 98 38 miles N/A N/A 4 PHEV
Ford Fusion Energi 88 21 miles $34,700 $30,693 5 PHEV
Ford C-Max Energi 88 21 miles $31,635 $27,885 5 PHEV
Cadillac ELR 82 37 miles $75,000 $67,500 4 PHEV
Audi A3 e-Tron 83 / 86 16/ 17 miles $37,900 $33,200 4 PHEV
BMW i3 124 81 miles $41,350 $33,850 4 EV
Volkswagen e-Golf 116 83 miles $35,445 $27,945 5 EV
Nissan LEAF 114 84 miles $29,010 $21,510 5 EV
Smart Electric Drive 107 68 miles $25,000 (or $19,990 + $80/Month Battery Rental) $17,500, or $12,490 + $80/month 2 EV
Ford Focus Electric 105 76 miles $29,170 $21,670 5 EV
Hyundai Sonata PHEV 99 27 miles $34,600 $29,681 5 PHEV
Toyota Prius PHEV 95 11 miles $29,990 $27,490 5 PHEV
Mercedes B250e 84 84 miles $41,450 $33,950 5 EV
BMW i8 76 15 miles $135,700 $131,907 5 PHEV
BMW 330e 72 14 miles $43,700 $38,999 5 PHEV
BYD e6 62 200 kilometers (122 miles) $52,000 5 EV
Mercedes S550e 58 14 miles $95,650 $91,607 5 PHEV
BMW X5 xDrive40e 56 14 miles $63,095 $58,427 5 PHEV
Volvo XC90 T8 54 14 miles $69,100 $64,500 7 PHEV
Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid 50 22 miles $99,000 $94,248 4 PHEV
Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid 47 14 miles $76,400 $71,064 5 PHEV
Mercedes-Benz GLE550e 43 12 miles $65,500 5 PHEV
 
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