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    Most Fuel-Efficient Cars

    These gas sippers are easy on the wallet

    2023 Lexus NX 350h hybrid driving Photo: Lexus

    Fuel economy is one of the most important factors to consider when buying a new car, because it has an impact on your weekly operating costs. This is especially a concern when record-level gasoline prices are a recent memory. But even when prices are down, they won’t stay that way forever.

    Many cars sold today offer impressive fuel economy, especially in contrast to what you may be trading in. Below, we spotlight the most fuel-efficient cars based on Consumer Reports’ overall fuel-economy test results.

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    Measuring fuel economy is one of more than 50 tests we conduct on each car we purchase. Our fuel-economy numbers are derived from a precision flow meter and are rounded to the nearest mile per gallon. CR’s overall mileage results are calculated based on equal portions of city and highway driving.

    This list starts with the most efficient car, and it doesn’t include plug-in vehicles, like the Toyota RAV4 Prime. All 10 cars and SUVs are hybrids and achieved at least 37 mpg overall in CR’s tests.

    A couple of key models (Honda Accord Hybrid and Toyota Prius) are not included because we have not yet tested those redesigned cars. The previous versions were both very fuel efficient.

    Nine of the 10 featured models have our Green Choice designation, which highlights vehicles with the cleanest emissions. You can read more about Green Choice here.

    Complete test results can be found by clicking through to the model pages. Most models below are recommended vehicles, as indicated in the ratings boxes.

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