We are going to take a look at 30 of our favorite cars that get at least 30 miles per gallon. These are cars that are worth buying if good fuel economy is one of your primary concerns. In any case, fuel economy is a factor you should always consider when choosing a car. For example, you can buy a used car that is significantly cheaper than the new models, but there is a good chance you will spend so much money on the fuel it will not pay off in the long run.
The higher the MPG (miles per gallon) the longer you can drive while saving money on gas.
A while back, great fuel efficiency and used cars used to be mutually exclusive, but that has changed dramatically over the past decade. Of course, you have to keep in mind that in real life the numbers we are going to talk about will vary. So consider those slight variations as you go through our list of 30 used cars that get at least 30 mpg.
2007-2010 Hyundai Elantra
Regarding fuel efficiency, the 2007-2010 Hyundai Elantra is a solid choice. You can find the 2007 model for $7,500 or even less, and you will have a reliable and budget-friendly car that doesn’t burn through a lot of fuel. It also comes with a long list of great features including anti-lock brakes, side-curtain airbags, etc. Not only is this car on the cheaper side of this list but it also has an impressive fuel efficiency.
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2014 Ford Fiesta SFE
However, the 2014 Ford Fiesta SFE is an even better choice if you’re looking for even better fuel economy. The Ford Fiesta model, in general, has always been known for its impressive fuel efficiency. Even if you decide to go with one of the older models (for example, the 2011-2013 ones), you will still be able to get some pretty impressive numbers in that department. Those looking for maximum fuel mileage should know about the newly available EcoBoost turbocharged three-cylinder engine that earns an impressive EPA estimated 36 mpg for combined city and highway driving. This seems like a good choice if you want to save money on fuel.
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2014 Nissan Versa
The 2014 Nissan Versa is a great choice if you want to buy a used car on a budget while also saving money on fuel. With the five-speed manual transmission, those numbers are a bit lower at 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway (30 mpg combined). With the four-speed manual transmission, the numbers are almost the same at 27 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.
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2012-2014 Mini Cooper Coupe
The 2012-2014 Mini Cooper Coupe is a stunning vehicle that makes a great choice if you are looking for a small and stylish car. The Mini Cooper Coupe is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. According to Edmunds, the estimated fuel economy of the Mini Cooper Coupe is 32 mpg combined (29 mpg in the city/37 mpg on the highway) with the manual and 31 mpg combined (28 mpg in the city/36 mpg on the highway) with the automatic.
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2014 Mitsubishi Mirage
The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage is a great choice if you are looking for a car to take out on a night in town rather than purchasing a larger family car. The Mitsubishi Mirage is powered by a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine and the EPA’s estimated fuel economy for the Mirage with the five-speed manual is 37 mpg combined. With the CVT, the EPA estimates the Mirage will get 40 mpg combined.
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2011-2013 Ford Fiesta
What makes The 2011-2013 Ford Fiesta an even more budget-friendly choice is the fact that the engine returned up to 37 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg in the city. However, since these are relatively new cars, what makes them even better is the fact that they come with a variety of modern features and technologies. So if you are thinking about purchasing a used car on a budget, the 2011-2013 Ford Fiesta is one of the options worth considering.
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2004-2008 Toyota Prius
The amazing thing about the 2004-2008 Toyota Prius is that its fuel efficiency is 48 mpg in the city and 51 mpg on the highway. The design and styling are very similar to the newer models, but the price is much lower. So you can get an older Prius for around $8,000 or even less than a newer one.
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2014 Acura ILX Hybrid
According to the EPA, this model of Acura ILX gets 39 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. This is powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine combined with an electric motor and a battery pack. The 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid is one of the used vehicles worth checking out if you want your car to be all about fuel economy.
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2010-2013 Honda Insight
2010-2013 Honda Insight offers great gas mileage at around 43 mpg on the highway and 40 mpg in the city. It also has great reliability so you will not have to spend a lot of money on maintenance. In addition to that, you can buy a used Insight for around $11,000 or less, which makes it a very budget-friendly car. It also has a lot of room for both the passengers and cargo.
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2010-2012 Lexus HS 250h
You can get the 2010-2012 HS 250h model for roughly $20,000. Even if that seems like a lot compared to some other cars on this list, you won’t be disappointed by this vehicle. It offers 35 mpg in combined city and highway driving, a smooth ride, and a wide range of standard equipment such as a power sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery and keyless access with push-button starting.
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2011 Kia Rio LX, SX
The used Kia Rio will cost you roughly $12,000 or more, depending on the trim level. The Kia Rio is a great choice for anybody who wants to purchase a vehicle on a budget. Powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, the 2011 Rio has an excellent fuel economy at 28 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway.
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2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid
The 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid has been getting great customer reviews since the day it hit the market. According to Edmunds, the 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid easily topped 42 mpg during tests. Nowadays, you can get one used at a much lower price than back in 2014 when these models were fresh out of the factory.
2006-2011 Honda Civic
If you go for an earlier model of the Honda Civic, let’s say 2006 or 2007, you can buy it for roughly $8,500. This makes it a very budget-friendly car. If you decide to go with the 2010-2011 Civic model, you will pay more for it, but it will also come with some cool new features. The fuel economy numbers are quite impressive for this car with 38 mpg on the highway and 30 mpg in the city.
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2012 Toyota Yaris
The 2012 Toyota Yaris is a car worth considering. The five-speed manual transmission is standard, with a four-speed automatic available as an option. The fuel efficiency is pretty good at 30 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. With numbers like these, the Yaris uses less gas than most of the competition in its class and is quite a nice looking car too.
2014 Lexus ES 300h
The 2014 Lexus ES 300h is an upscale sedan that is capable of an impressive fuel economy for a vehicle of its class. Even though it might be pricier than many cars on this list, the 2014 Lexus ES 300h boasts a fuel efficiency of 40 miles per gallon in the city and 39 mpg on the highway, making this car both a luxurious and economical option.
2014 Honda Accord Hybrid
The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid is quite an impressive vehicle when it comes to fuel economy. According to the EPA, it gets 47 mpg combined (50 mpg in the city/45 mpg on the highway). However, during Edmund’s testing, it achieved 55.4 mpg in 100 miles of suburban driving. On top of that, the maintenance is also budget-friendly, and you can buy it for a price usually between $14,000 and $16,000.
2014 BMW 328d
If you are a fan of entry-level luxury cars and you would like to get one at an affordable price, you should consider a used 2014 BMW 328d. This model has a fuel consumption of 32 miles per gallon in the city and 45 mpg on the highway, combined 37 mpg. Buying a 2014 BMW 328d is a great way to get maximum luxury at a reasonable price while also caring about the environment and saving money on fuel.
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2005-2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
The diesel-powered 2005-2010 Jetta TDI is a great car that you can get at an affordable price. The Jetta’s fuel efficiency is also pretty impressive at 36 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway. Other factors that make this car worth buying is the wide variety of safety features, and Volkswagen’s not too expensive maintenance and the general availability of spare parts. Nowadays, a used Jetta costs roughly around $9,000, and it could serve you well for many years to come.
2014 Chevrolet Spark
According to Edmunds, the fuel economy of the 2014 Chevrolet Spark is estimated to be around 34 mpg combined (31 city/39 highway) for the manual and 34 mpg combined (30 mpg city/39 mpg highway) for the CVT. The 2014 Chevrolet Spark is a good small car for those who expect nothing less than great fuel efficiency. Its stylish design makes it even more appealing than just the awesome performance itself.
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2014 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
The 2014 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is a good choice for all people looking for a used hybrid car with good fuel efficiency: 37 mpg combined city/highway, 35 mpg in the city, 38 mpg on the highway, and 37 mpg combined. So if you plan to do a lot of combined driving, this vehicle is worth taking a closer look at.
It’s not easy to fit four adults into a compact car, but “the Fit can do just that and more,” according to the Kelley Blue Book review. It is also stylish, fun-to-drive and reliable. On top of all that, it has an excellent fuel efficiency: 40-53 mpg in the city, 54-66 mpg on the highway, for 48-60 mpg combined.
Having significantly improved from its less-than-stellar first version, the Kia Optima is a stylish midsize sedan that is full of features. The hybrid version is astonishingly fuel efficient, with a claimed 176.6 mpg combined. The diesel version is less fuel efficient, but still very economical, at 67.3 mpg, according to Carbuyer.
The Nissan Juke is a subcompact crossover SUV with a turbo-charged engine and a great style. It is also very fuel efficient. According to Evo, the diesel version boasts an impressive combined 70.6 mpg and manages to be quite environmentally friendly. And you can get all this at a very affordable price.
Toyota Prius (hybrid)
The Toyota Prius was the first mass-produced hybrid and is still to this day the best-selling hybrid in the world. According to Autotrader.com, the Toyota Prius is among the 11 most fuel-efficient hybrids, doing 53 mpg in the city and 50 mpg combined. It also remains affordable for a car of its class.
Honda Insight (hybrid)
Regarding price, the Honda Insight is more affordable than the Toyota Prius but is slightly less fuel efficient. It boasts a combined 41 mpg, although the newest 2019 model can do 51 mpg combined, according to Cnet.com. But as used models go, you may find that the lower price compensates for, the lower fuel efficiency.
Lexus HS 250h (hybrid)
The Lexus HS 250h is a luxury car that also manages to be environmentally friendly. Less fuel efficient than the other hybrids on this list so far, it still boasts a very respectable 35 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway and 34 combined, according to Officialdata.org. So if you want the perks of driving a luxury vehicle that is also fuel efficient, this may be the car for you.
Lexus RX 450h (hybrid)
A luxury SUV, the Lexus RX 450h is perfect for drivers with families. It has a lot of cargo room and space for the whole family. Regarding fuel efficiency, it barely goes over the 30 mpg mark. But with combined 30 mpg, according to Green Car Reports, it is still pretty fuel efficient for a luxury crossover.
The Kia Soul is a subcompact crossover with spacious interiors and with a cute style that is popular in the United States. Like the other entries in this list, the Kia Soul is a fuel-efficient vehicle. The diesel version can do around 45 mpg combined, and the less efficient gas version, 40 mpg, according to Autocar.
The Nissan Cube is quite roomy for a so-called supermini and was named the “best value” in the subcompact category by automotive analytics firm Vincentric. The maintenance costs of the Nissan Cube are better than average. As for the fuel efficiency, the Nissan Cube manages between 40 and 42 mpg combined.
Volkswagen Jetta (diesel)
A small family car just above the world-famous Volkswagen Golf, the Volkswagen Jetta is a vehicle the boasts an impressive boot space. The Volkswagen Jetta manages a very impressive 51.2 mpg combined fuel efficiency on average, according to Autocar. However, the Volkswagen Jetta takes premium fuel, making it a bit more expensive to run.So if you are thinking about buying a new vehicle on a budget while keeping an eye on fuel costs, these cars can be the best choice for you. All you have to do is find the best deal for a vehicle that best fits your need.