You’d think this would be a cut and dried category, the cars with the best gas mileage rise to the top and the cars with the worst gas mileage sink to the bottom. Thing is, there are a few mitigating circumstances. Electric vehicles (EVs) get the best gas mileage of all because they use no gasoline at all, therefore they would dominate the list. Assuming most of you are intelligent enough to understand this, and are more interested in vehicles with internal combustion engines, EVs are left off of this list altogether.
Further, it’s very easy to create a list of the best mpg cars by focusing only on the smallest models available. However, this would overlook the fact cars come in many different categories. Now, while we could well do an article listing the best MPG cars in each category, we feel it’d be more useful for you to present a listing of the best MPG 2012 cars in each automotive category as defined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Thus, this article lists each of the best MPG 2012 cars sold in the U.S. in each of the EPA’s categories: Two Seaters, Minicompacts, Subcompacts, Compacts, Midsize, Large, Small station wagons and Midsize Station Wagons.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, five of the ten vehicles on this list of high MPG 2012 cars (fully half!) are hybrids. Alternative fuels make a good showing as well, with two of the ten best MPG 2012 cars running on clean diesel.
Note: Fuel economy ratings appearing with each model are listed as follows:City MPG/Highway MPG/Combined MPG