Most Miserly Autos of 2013 — 40 mpg+

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Here we go, again. There is always some terrible catastrophe just over the horizon. Always some impending doom that causes fuel companies to increase the cost at the pump, resulting in higher fuel bills for you and I. With these miserly late models, you can dodge the bullet of skyrocketing fuel prices. If your daily commute is a long one, then you might just save a significant amount of dough by purchasing one of these 2013 automobiles, most of which are still on sale in your local dealership. Whether you choose to purchase a new fuel saving 40mpg+ car, or opt to go with a low-mileage used car, the best automotive consumer website on the planet,, can help you locate it.

In order to show the “best of the best” this list contains only vehicles that feature an average minimum fuel efficiency rating of 40mpg. That is city mileage, combined with highway mileage, for an average between the two.

2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

Despite the large size of the front-wheel drive Toyota Avalon sedan, it handles well. This makes for a more enjoyable experience regardless of which powertrain that you choose. The Hybrid model features a 2.5-liter gas engine, which yields 156hp and an electric motor that adds another 44hp. That brings the total output to 200hp. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S.E.P.A.) fuel efficiency numbers look like this: 40mpg city/40mpg highway, for an average of 40mpg, total.

2013 Lexus ES 300h

This is exactly the same car as the 2013 Toyota Avalon, mentioned above. Unless you like paying more money for essentially the same automobile, then I recommend that you choose the Avalon. It typically has a sticker price of approximately $5000 less than the comparably equipped Lexus. That is just straight talk.

2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid

The Camry Hybrid is slightly smaller (and less expensive) than either the Avalon or Lexus 300h, yet it utilizes a similar powertrain. The front-wheel drive, mid-sized sedan adds a battery pack, so that it can be propelled solely by the electric motor at low speeds. Like the Avalon, it uses a 156hp, 2.5-liter gasoline engine and a 44hp electric motor. The Camry’s fuel efficiency ratings are impressive at 43mpg city/39mpg highway, for a combined total of 41mpg.

2013 Lexus CT200h2013 Lexus CT200h

Despite being a compact front-wheel drive, four-door hatchback, the CT200h is a premium automobile. Powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and a pair of electric motors, it uses a continuously variable transmission (CVT) to put 134hp on the pavement. It features a sporty exterior, 17-inch wheels, and a plush interior. The EPA fuel efficiency ratings are 43mpg city/40mpg highway for an average of 42mpg.

2013 Toyota Prius v

The Prius v is the Toyota version of the Lexus CT200h. It has the same drivetrain, fuel efficiency, and styling but is equipped with premium Lexus amenities exclusively in the top-tier trim levels. If your tastes do not demand the extravagant and you like to save money, then the Prius v is the way to go. It is typically priced $5000 less than its Lexus counterpart.

2013 Honda Insight Hybrid2013 Honda Insight Hybrid

The Insight Hybrid, which is a compact front-wheel drive four-door hatchback, pales in comparison to the Prius models. It is underpowered with a 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine, electric motor, and nickel metal hydride battery pack that produces only 98hp. On the positive side, the Insight utilizes the gasoline engine as a primary power source and the electric motor is engaged only when it becomes practical to improve fuel mileage. It has a fuel economy rating of 43mpg city/40mpg highway for an average of 42mpg, overall.

2013 Lincoln MKZ 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid 2

The MKZ Hybrid is a front-wheel drive, four-door luxury sedan, equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor. It makes 188hp, has a continuously variable transmission (CVT), and goes from 0 to 60mph in 8.4-seconds. The fuel efficiency rating for the MKZ is 45mpg city/45mpg highway, to form an average of 45mpg, total.

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

Available in four trim levels, the Jetta Hybrid is a mid-size front-wheel drive sedan that puts up some pretty impressive fuel economy numbers. Rated at 42mpg city/48mpg highway, with an average of 45mpg (using premium fuel), the Jetta is outfitted with a turbocharged 1.4-liter gas engine and 20kW motor tandem that produces 170-hp. The Jetta has similar driving characteristics to a conventional mid-size sedan due to the capable turbocharged four-cylinder primary power source.

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid

Like the Lexus and Toyota models, the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ share a chassis package. Unlike the Japanese sedans, the fuel efficiency ratings between the two differ. The Fusion is rated at 47mpg city/47mpg highway, which obviously totals 47mpg. It has exactly the same running-gear as the MKZ; in addition the body is nearly identical — minus some of the luxurious amenities. These two sedans are some of the best looking on this list.

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid

With the passenger and cargo space of a crossover SUV and the driving feel of a car, the C-Max is catching on fast. It is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine, which is paired with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack, to achieve 188hp. The standard equipment transmission is a CVT automatic and the C-Max is a front wheel drive compact four-door hatchback. Fuel efficiency is rated at 45mpg city/40mpg highway for a combined total average of 43mpg.

2013 Toyota Prius

This is the one that started the hybrid movement; the Prius is a front-wheel drive compact hatchback sedan that is equipped with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder gas engine and a pair of electric motors, which make 134hp. The ultra-popular Prius has a fuel efficiency rating of 51mpg city/48mpg highway, for an impressive average of 50mpg. It uses a CVT transmission and blasts from 0 to 60mph in 10.4-seconds.

2013 Toyota Prius c

The Prius c is a smaller, more economical version of the Prius. With a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, which is the primary power source and generator of kinetic energy for the metal hydride battery pack, and an electric motor, the Prius manages to pump out 99hp. Equipped with the CVT automatic transmission, it gets 53mpg city/46mpg highway. That comes to 50mpg, combined.

2013 Fisker Karma2013 Fisker Karma

The Fisker Karma, from Finland, is made by a company that is struggling financially and nearing bankruptcy. The Karma is a plug-in series-hybrid vehicle, which means that a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine powers the front wheels and a pair of electric motors, backed by a lithium-ion battery pack power the rear wheels. Together they combine for over 400hp and an average combined fuel efficiency rating of 52mpg. The gas engine also acts to recharge the lithium-ion battery pack by utilizing kinetic energy derived from braking and deceleration. The sticker price is in the area of $100,000

2013 Toyota Prius Plug-In

Yet another Prius model, the Prius Plug-In is fully capable of operating as an electric vehicle with the security of using the gasoline engine in an emergency. Using selective hybrid technology, the Prius Plug-In can transform from a hybrid to full electric vehicle at the touch of a screen. It is powered by a 1.8-liter gas engine and a pair of electric motors, but the Plug-In model has a much more capable lithium-ion battery, allowing it to go farther on electric power than other Prius models. After the battery power is exhausted, the Plug-In is rated at 51mpg city/49mpg highway, to arrive at an average of 50mpg.

2013 Tesla Model S2013 Tesla Model S

No, it is not an Italian hybrid sedan. Tesla is a cutting-edge American electric automaker. The Model S is a large five-passenger luxury sedan. It is powered by a single water-cooled electric motor, available with three different battery power levels, a 40kWh that generates 235hp, a 60kWh that helps to generate 302hp, and the high-powered 85kWh option that produces 362hp. The EPA has estimated the cruising ranges of each battery as follows: 40kWh – 139-miles, the 60kWh – 208-miles, and the 85kWh – 265-miles, with a 0 to 60 time of 5.6-seconds. MSRP ranges from $70 to $100k.

2013 Chevrolet Volt

The Chevy Volt is a mid-size front-wheel drive four-door hatchback, with room for four passengers. Essentially it is a plug-in hybrid vehicle but with a twist. Primary power is drawn from the powerful lithium-ion battery, which turns the electric motor. When the battery becomes 70-percent depleted, the 1.4-liter gas engine begins to regenerate it via kinetic energy. The internal combustion engine is also used to boost performance when necessary.

2013 Nissan Leaf2013 Nissan Leaf

The Leaf is an electric vehicle, powered by an 80-kilowatt electric motor. It produces 107hp and accelerates from 0 to 60mph in 10.2-seconds. It is a front-wheel drive compact four-door hatchback, with an effective driving range of 75-miles. It must be plugged into an outlet for recharging, which can take up to four-hours, using a 220-volt charging station. It also utilizes kinetic energy from braking and deceleration to maintain battery power.

2013 Honda Fit EV

A powerful 92-kilowatt electric motor and 20kWh lithium-ion battery power the Fit, to the tune of 123hp and 189 lb.-ft. of torque. This thrifty front-wheel drive compact four-door hatchback has an effective driving range of 82-miles. It can get go from 0 to 60mph in 9-seconds and it can be recharged using a 240-volt power source in only 3-hours. Using a residential 110-volt power source, charging may take up to 15-hours.

S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.

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