Non-Hybrid Fuel Sippers
So you want to save on fuel costs but are interested in options other than hybrids?
To help you along, we’ve compiled a list of various types of 2014 model year cars sorted by their combined EPA-rated fuel economy. Most are small, some are two seaters, but a few mid-sized cars are in the list as well.
Some of these vehicles cost comparatively less than hybrids, others not so much. It also goes without saying that a buying decision should be based on other meaningful criteria as well, such as estimated maintenance and repair and resale value, safety rating, and more.
But here in the land of escalating energy costs, what you pay at the pump matters – and if fuel costs continue to rise, it will matter more.
Bear in mind some of these choices are selected for subjective reasons. Several cars do tie combined mpg-wise, but vary in city and highway mpg, and in other ways. So, we ranked one higher over the others if it is believed a more desirable car for reasons such as safety scores, or ownership experience, or because it is cheaper.
The government’s combined rating is derived from how the vehicle did on the city and highway test cycles.
If you’re planning to drive more in the city or more on the highway, obviously, that should play into your decision when choosing between two cars with equal combined scores that are rated respectively better in either city or highway driving.
We’d also be remiss not to mention that hybrid cars – not to mention plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) and all-electric cars (EVs)– do cost less to power and would top our list if they were considered.
To learn more about all your options – including annual estimated fuel costs, greenhouse gas emissions, and more, you could also consult the EPA’s fueleconomy.gov. We’ll link each car’s EPA score page throughout …