As we write this article in spring 2020, America’s gasoline prices stand at multiyear lows — prompting many drivers to disregard fuel efficiency when choosing their next car. But low gas prices still aren’t zero, meaning that frugal commuters can still save money by choosing a car with great fuel economy. It’s also a hedge against prices that could jump back up in the future.
For maximum frugality, you can also opt for a used car over a new one. For this article, we aren’t looking at ancient cars that are barely holding on — rather, we’re focusing on recent-model gently used vehicles that should be in great condition and have all the technological upgrades found in a new car. (You could also choose any of our selections as a brand-new car, which would cost a bit more but give you a bigger inventory to choose from if you’re particular about the car’s options or color.) We’ve chosen a range of 10 vehicles that keep operating costs low in various ways, with varying degrees of sacrifice needed to accomplish it. Here are 10 used cars with great fuel economy for frugal commuters.