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Cars With The Best Gas Mileage For 2024, Ranked

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When it comes to fuel economy, it’s clear to see the benefits of hybrid configurations (not to mention electric cars, but that’s a different discussion), with highway mileage reaching almost double that of gasoline engines. But if you’re looking for a gasoline-only car, you don’t have to settle for gas guzzlers anymore. The current generation of efficient daily drivers are putting up some very impressive numbers. When compared to the worst culprits for 2024 (think Cadillac CT5 V at 15 MPG or the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 63 at 17 MPG), the cars in this list practically run on fumes.



The only difficulty with choosing the best gas mileage car for 2024, is choosing which one you like the most – competition has been heating up between the big manufacturers, and now you’ll find even the smallest subcompact hatches are loaded with features you would only find in luxury sedans a few short years ago. The good news for buyers is this; there are no losers in this list, every car offers a great balance of performance and economy, comfort and reliability. According to the EPA, the average 2024 vehicle gets 28 miles per gallon, but with some of the cars on this list sitting far above that, it’s likely that number is being pushed higher and higher as fuel economy improves.

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In order to give you the most up-to-date and accurate information possible, the data used to compile this article was sourced from various manufacturer websites and other authoritative sources, including Car and Driver and fueleconomy.gov.


10 2024 Toyota Camry

Gas Mileage: 32 MPG (Combined)

Front 3/4 of the 2024 Toyota Camry SE
Toyota

When it comes to reliability and efficiency, there aren’t many cars that can stand up to the Toyota Camry’s lasting legacy, and the 2024 models stay true to that. Toyota has given you a car that may not be as exciting as others in the market, but never fails to get you from A to B. Toyota makes it easy for you to find a Camry to suit, with 13 different models available. However, the most economical are the base LE and SE models.

Performance Specifications

Engine

2.5-Liter 4-cylinder

Transmission

8-speed automatic

Horsepower

202

Torque

184 Pound-feet

Driveline

Front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive

0-60 MPH

7.6 seconds

Top Speed

135 MPH (estimated)

(Data was collected from Toyota, Car and Driver)

Featuring a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that puts out just over 200 horsepower, it isn’t the fastest engine on the market but it does the job. Upgrade to the TRD, XLE V6 or XSE V6 and the engine steps up to a 3.5-liter V-6 with 100 more horsepower. However, you lose 15 percent fuel economy (is this make or break? Perhaps not). With a fuel tank of 15.8 gallons, you’re looking at a maximum range of 506 miles before you need to fill up, not too shabby.

Pros

  • Fantastic resale value
  • Reliable
  • A good balance between practical and fun

Cons

  • Lacking in power
  • More practical than exciting
  • The least economical models have the best features

9 2024 Nissan Altima

Gas Mileage: 32 MPG (Combined)

Red Altima
Nissan

Sporty and comfortable, the Nissan Altima has been a popular sedan since its debut in the early 1990s and each generation adds more reasons to buy. Featuring one of the most advanced engines on the market, Nissan has developed engine technology that lets them have their cake and eat it too; with impressive performance and economy. The Altima is often overlooked because it is a modest daily driver, it may not be the most exciting drive but it is certainly not lacking in any way.

Performance Specifications

Engine

2.5-Liter 4-cylinder

Transmission

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

Horsepower

188

Torque

180 Pound-feet

Driveline

Front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive

0-60 MPH

7.6 seconds

Top Speed

119 MPH (limited)

(Data was collected from Car and Driver)

The all-wheel-drive version has a slightly lower gas mileage at 30 MPG but is more nimble and quicker off the line than the front-wheel-drive base model. Nissan’s Safety Shield 360 is also a great feature, acting as an extra set of eyes to ensure all your blind spots are covered. With a large 16.2 gallon tank, you should expect a sizeable 518 mile total range for the 2024 Nissan Altima.

Pros

  • All-wheel-drive and CVT make driving a breeze
  • Plenty of room inside
  • Very comfortable with sleek design

Cons

  • Acceleration lacks punch
  • CVT can be a love/hate relationship
  • Base model has very modest features

8 2024 Acura Integra

Gas Mileage: 33 MPG (Combined)

2023 Acura Integra
Acura

The Integra comes from a good heritage; the current model is based on the 11th generation Honda Civic (Acura is Honda’s luxury and performance brand) and the Integra Type S shares many parts with the Civic Type R. Match up the two and you’ll find it’s a very close result – although if you’re shopping for the best gas mileage you’ll want to look at the base model Integra as the Type S gas mileage sits at 24 MPG which puts it below cars like the Audi A6 and BMW Z4.

Performance Specifications

Engine

1.5-Liter turbocharged VTEC inline-4

Transmission

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

Horsepower

200

Torque

192 Pound-feet

Driveline

Front-wheel-drive

0-60 MPH

7.1 seconds

Top Speed

135 MPH

(Data was collected from Car and Driver)

Aside from being the cheapest luxury sedan on the market, the Integra delivers year after year with a blend of everything Acura does best; a punchy drive from the turbo VTEC engine, award-winning safety, and luxury interior that makes long drives an absolute pleasure. With a 12.4 gallon tank, you can expect 409 miles total range.

Pros

  • Luxurious and comfortable
  • Solid performance and economy
  • Very reasonably priced for what you get

Cons

  • Limited soundproofing so lots of road noise
  • CVT is the only option
  • Suspension can be stiff

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7 2024 Kia Forte

Gas Mileage: 34 MPG (Combined)

2024 Kia Forte in silver posing on winding desert road
Kia 

Kia puts it best, the Forte is sleek and dependable, with impressive gas mileage and all the right features to make it a sporty drive. The interior is well appointed and Kia has included a massively underrated feature; remote start with climate control. Start the car, set the temperature as you’re getting ready and when you jump in it’ll be perfectly comfortable. Upgrade to the GT and Kia includes a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that sits at 201 horsepower, and your choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic so you get to choose how that power transfers to the road.

Performance Specifications

Engine

2.0-Liter inline-4

Transmission

Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT)

Horsepower

147

Torque

132 Pound-feet

Driveline

Front-wheel-drive

0-60 MPH

8.1 seconds

Top Speed

123 MPH (limited)

(Data was collected from Car and Driver)

The Forte includes plenty of driver assistance like forward collision avoidance and blind-spot assist, but it’s the industry-leading 10-year/100,000-mile limited warranty that makes the Forte shine. It may not be the most exciting feature to talk about, but when you’re shopping around for a car that is practical and economical, having such significant warranty coverage adds a lot of value over the life of the car. The Forte’s 14 gallon tank will stretch to 476 miles between pumps.

Pros

  • Impressive warranty
  • Good array of driver assist tech
  • Eye-catching sporty design

Cons

  • Lacking in power unless you upgrade to less efficient engine
  • Manual and dual-clutch auto only available in the GT
  • Looks sportier than it is

6 2024 Volkswagen Jetta

Gas Mileage: 34 MPG (Combined)

2024 Volkswagen Jetta in blue posing in show room
Volkswagen Media

The Volkswagen Jetta has been turning heads since the 1970s and the 2024 model is no exception, with impressive gas mileage and cutting-edge technology. The Jetta doesn’t have the largest engine in the world with a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-four that puts out 158 horsepower, but this is a compact sedan designed for comfort and smooth driving and that’s what it does best. Car and Driver called it a Golf with a trunk but with the addition of Volkswagen’s IQ.DRIVE suite of driver assistance features, the 2024 Jetta is worth including in this list in its own right.

Performance Specifications

Engine

1.5-Liter turbocharged inline-4

Transmission

6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic

Horsepower

158

Torque

184 Pound-feet

Driveline

Front-wheel-drive

0-60 MPH

7.0 seconds

Top Speed

128 MPH (limited)

(Data was collected from Car and Driver)

This adds the full gamut of tech to keep you safe on the road from blind spot monitoring to lane assist and automatic emergency braking. It comes with six-speed manual as standard which is refreshing, with an eight-speed automatic as an option if you want to experience Volkswagen’s lightning-fast gear changes. You’ll get around 449 miles out of the 13.2 gallon tank. The Jetta is a very close match to the next car on the list; the legendary Toyota Corolla.

Pros

  • Very economical for its size
  • Loaded with tech
  • Six-speed manual as standard

Cons

  • The base model interior is very modest
  • The small engine lacks punch
  • Lacks the excitement of the Jetta GLI

5 2024 Toyota Corolla

Gas Mileage: 34/35 MPG (Combined)

Toyota Corolla Hatchback front
Toyota

As the highest-selling car of all time, the Toyota Corolla has been at the pinnacle of the car world for decades, offering up near-unmatched reliability and comfort. Like many manufacturers, Toyota has leaned into the “compact” design philosophy but there are plenty of reasons the Corolla is a great car, not just the impressive gas mileage. The sedan Corolla offers 34 MPG with the hatchback nudging slightly (VERY slightly) ahead with 35 MPG.

Performance Specifications

Engine

2.0-Liter inline-4

Transmission

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

Horsepower

169

Torque

151 Pound-feet

Driveline

Front-wheel-drive

0-60 MPH

8.3 seconds

Top Speed

114 MPH (limited)

(Data was collected from Car and Driver)

If you’re looking for a bit more power than the 2.0-liter can put out, the hot hatch GR Corolla ramps it right up (at the cost of 10 MPG), or you could make some modifications for a bit more punch. But all this talk of power is beside the point; the Toyota Corolla isn’t intended to be an exciting, sporty sedan. Toyota has perfected the formula for safe, efficient, reliable cars, and they’re making the most of it with cutting edge technology, comfortable driving and great fuel economy. Just like the Jetta, the Corolla has a 13.2 gallon tank with 449 mile total range.

Pros

  • Best of the best for safety and reliability
  • Very comfortable
  • The latest and greatest driver assist tech

Cons

  • Not an exciting-looking car
  • Engine lacks power
  • CVT and front-wheel-drive only for gas models

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4 2024 Nissan Versa

Gas Mileage: 35 MPG (Combined)

2024 Nissan Versa in red posing against industrial scene
Nissan News USA

Like a smaller, more efficient Altima, the Versa squeezes all the important bits into a subcompact body, putting up great gas mileage in a neat little package. Nissan has taken the subcompact style and ran with it, giving some very interesting options if you don’t want to sacrifice the driving experience but still want an economical, safe car.

Performance Specifications

Engine

1.6-Liter inline-4

Transmission

5-speed manual or Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

Horsepower

122

Torque

114 Pound-feet

Driveline

Front-wheel-drive

0-60 MPH

9.5 seconds

Top Speed

115 MPH

(Data was collected from Car and Driver)

The Versa comes standard with a five-speed manual, which can be upgraded to Nissan’s Xtronic CVT for what Nissan calls “enhanced shift feel” (but what they mean is smoother gear changes for better mileage). The Versa comes loaded with safety features that will be a comfort on the road, and they’ve given steering and suspension the special treatment, so the Versa handles like a dream. The fuel tank is only 10.8 gallons, and it will stretch to 378 miles total range.

Pros

  • Very efficient and affordable
  • Five-speed manual as standard
  • Crammed with features and additions

Cons

3 2024 Hyundai Elantra

Gas Mileage: 36 MPG (Combined)

2024 Hyundai Elantra in silver posing on country road
Hyundai Media Center

The Elantra is Hyundai’s tech-centric compact sedan, pairing sleek styling with all of Hyundai’s modern upgrades, and very impressive fuel economy. While the 2.0-liter four-cylinder is only cruising around with 147 horsepower, that’s all you need in the Elantra as this is a car designed to get you where you’re going in comfort with all the bells and whistles Hyundai can fit.

Performance Specifications

Engine

2.0-Liter inline-4

Transmission

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

Horsepower

147

Torque

132 Pound-feet

Driveline

Front-wheel-drive

0-60 MPH

8.1 seconds

Top Speed

124 MPH

(Data was collected from Car and Driver)

Two large 10.25-inch screens sit side by side on the dash, offering touchscreen navigation and a fully digital instrument cluster. It doesn’t just look good, Hyundai has included really useful features like wireless device charging, Bluelink+ to connect your phone and control remote start, locks and climate control, and even Wi-Fi hotspot capability (with a Verizon data plan). Three years of complimentary maintenance (or 36,000 miles) will keep you cruising down the road smoothly, and the 12.4 gallon tank will get you a handy 446 miles total range.

Pros

  • Stylish and sleek design
  • Two large screens for instruments and infotainment
  • Complimentary maintenance offer

Cons

  • Small engine and CVT
  • The interior has a lot of plastic
  • The exciting features are in the pricier ‘N’ model

2 2024 Honda Civic

Gas Mileage: 36 MPG (Combined)

Honda Civic Hatchback front quarter tracking
Honda

The Honda Civic is one of those cars that speaks for itself because Honda has ensured the Civic remains near the forefront of the market since its release. Stacked up against the all-time best seller the Toyota Corolla, the Civic gives it a real run for its money.

Performance Specifications

Engine

1.5-Liter turbocharged inline-4

Transmission

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

Horsepower

180

Torque

177 Pound-feet

Driveline

Front-wheel-drive

0-60 MPH

7.5 seconds

Top Speed

126 MPH (limited)

(Data was collected from Car and Driver)

Unlike most of the cars in this list, the naturally aspirated models of Civic have lower gas mileage than the EX turbocharged model, so make sure you do your research before you pick the one you want; however, the non-turbo LX and Sport models only suffer a drop of one to three miles per gallon so the difference really comes down to driving feel. The 12.4 gallon tank has a total range of 446 miles; similar to a few other cars in the list and identical to that of the Hyundai Elantra.

Pros

  • Sporty, stylish design
  • Spacious interior
  • Cutting edge features

Cons

  • No manual option
  • Infotainment lacking vs other models
  • The fun and powerful Type R is expensive and has poor fuel economy

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1 2024 Mistubishi Mirage

Gas Mileage: 39 MPG (Combined)

2024 Mitsubishi Mirage G4
Mitsubishi

While sedans are getting more compact and economical, there is one car that stands alone ahead of the pack, demonstrating just how efficient a compact hatch can be when designed and built for one purpose; to get you where you need to go, cheaply. Following on from 2023, the Mitsubishi Mirage is again the best gas mileage car, and Mitsubishi has demonstrated the saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, with little changes needed from last year’s model. The Mirage isn’t intended to be exciting or sporty, it isn’t meant to be stylish or luxurious, but that’s why no one can touch it when it comes to practicality and efficiency.

Performance Specifications

Engine

1.2-Liter inline-3

Transmission

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

Horsepower

76

Torque

74 Pound-feet

Driveline

Front-wheel-drive

0-60 MPH

10.6 seconds

Top Speed

100 MPH

(Data was collected from Car and Driver)

As expected, the 1.2-liter three-cylinder doesn’t pack much punch; putting out a mere 76 horsepower, but that doesn’t take away from all the great reasons to buy yourself a Mirage. And for less than $17,000, and impressive warranties (10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, in particular, is worthy of note) the Mirage is the epitome of affordability.

Despite being a stripped-back, mileage-focused car, the Mirage is not short on creature comforts and modern technology, offering a suite of driver assistance and convenience features like automatic high beams, lane departure warnings, and forward collision mitigation. At a time when inflation is giving us less for our dollar, the Mitsubishi Mirage shows that you can still purchase a car that isn’t going to break the bank or come with high prices to maintain.

Pros

  • Impressive gas mileage
  • Very tight turning circle
  • Peace of mind with large warranties

Cons

  • Double digit horsepower makes for a slow car
  • Very simple design and features
  • Lacks excitement

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