If you’re thinking about a new car in the near future, think about buying a car that’ll save you money in the long run. I’m talking about energy-efficient cars, cars that use less gasoline and save you money. With the national price of gasoline hovering just under $4, it pays to save on fuel costs when deciding on your next car.
1. 2012 CR-Z Honda
The most energy-efficient coupé, or car that seats only two people, is the 2012 CR-Z Honda. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the hybrid Honda CR-Z gets 37 miles per gallon, averaged over city and highway driving.
2. 2012 Scion iQ
The most energy-efficient mini-compact car is the 2012 Scion iQ. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the Scion iQ gets almost 37 miles per gallon, averaged over city and highway driving. The Scion iQ runs on gasoline alone. Its efficient 1.3-liter, 4-cylinder engine narrows the gap between city and highway mileage. If you need to do a lot of city driving, consider this car; its city mileage is 36 miles per gallon.
3. 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
The most energy-efficient subcompact car is the 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV. U.S. Department of Energy estimated mileage for the Mitsubishi i-MiEV is over 112 miles per gallon equivalent, averaged over city and highway driving. This is an all-electric car. Since electricity is not measured in gallons, a conversion factor was used to translate the fuel economy into miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent. To furnish its power, the Mi-EV requires less than a third of a barrel of oil in a year. It consumes 7.5 kw-hrs to drive 25 miles.
4. 2012 Chevrolet Volt
The most energy-efficient compact car is the 2012 Chevrolet Volt. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates the Chevrolet Volt gets 94 miles per gallon equivalent, averaged over city and highway driving. The Volt is a plug-in hybrid, running on both gasoline and electricity. The efficiency reflects both fuel sources. The Volt requires only 36 kw-hrs to drive 100 miles. When using gasoline, the Volt gets 37 miles per gallon. In a year, a Volt would have used less than a half-barrel of oil.
5. 2012 Nissan Leaf
The most energy-efficient midsized sedan is the 2012 Nissan Leaf. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the Nissan Leaf gets 99 miles per gallon equivalent, averaged over city and highway driving. This is an all-electric car like the Mitsubishi i-MiEV. It uses 34 kw-hrs to drive 100 miles. The Leaf will have used less than a half-barrel of oil in a year of normal use.
Emily is an automotive enthusiast and also a contributing writer for http://www.cashfortrucks.com, a site that offers customers a way to get instant cash for cars.