In the not so distant past, a fuel economy rating in the 100 miles per gallon range was the stuff of science fiction. Today, science fiction is science fact as six of the ten most fuel efficient cars for 2014 exceed that mark in terms of combined fuel economy ratings.
Four of them actually get better than 100 miles per gallon in highway driving.
As you might well expect, a number of the cars on this list are hybrids. However, the vast majority of models represented here are full electric. That’s right, the electric car has proliferated to the point to where a list of the ten most fuel efficient cars is absolutely dominated by electric cars (seven of them to be exact). With that said, we need to explain the “fuel economy” rating. After all, cars that run on electricity don’t actually use “gallons”. Thus, the electric vehicles listed are measured in terms of their miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) where 33.7 kWh (kilowatt hours) of power consumption = 1 gallon of gasoline.
One more thing; the prices quoted do not take into consideration government rebates currently offered for the purchase of electric vehicles. (The average is $7,500.) For federal rebate information visit FuelEconomy.gov.