With gas prices at their highest and continuing to rise, if you're looking for a new car you're more than likely shopping for one of the best fuel efficient cars on the market. The EPA has changed how it estimates MPG and www.fueleconomy.gov offers the tools to help you find the actual mileage you get to help you find the car with the best gas mileage that meets your family needs.
1. Toyota Prius
www.fueleconomy.gov names the midsize Toyota Prius as the most fuel efficient car overall. It gets a combined 46 mpg, with 48 city and 45 highway. However, when it comes to buying hybrid cars, it's a good idea to factor in the thousands of dollars it costs for a replacement battery should the need arise.
2. Honda Accord
Listed as the most fuel efficient large car at Forbes.com, the Honda Accord 4-cylinder, manual transmission model gets 22 mpg city and 31 on the highway, with an estimated annual fuel cost of $2,106.
3. Honda Civic Hybrid
The Honda Civic Hybrid is listed as number one among the best fuel efficient cars at fueleconomy.gov and at CNNMoney. This Hybrid gets 40 mpg city and 45 mpg highway.
4. Hyundai Elantra
The Chicago Tribune's list of the best fuel efficient cars includes the Hyundai Elantra among those offering top fuel economy. It averages 22 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.
5. Smart For Two Convertible
Forbes lists the Smart for Two Convertible as the most efficient two-seater on its list of the top 13 fuel efficient cars. This 3-cylinder car gets 33 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway.
6. Volkswagen Passat Wagon
Listed as the most fuel-efficient mid-size station wagon at fueleconomy.gov, this vehicle averages 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.
8. Ford Escape Hybrid
For those who need more room, the Ford Escape Hybrid is a front-wheel-drive SUV that gets 32 mpg overall. If you opt for the all-wheel-drive version, your overall fuel economy will fall to around 28 mpg. This vehicle is ranked within the top eight at CNNMoney's most fuel-efficient cars.
9. Pontiac Vibe
Cars.com lists the Pontiac Vibe among the top mid-size fuel efficient cars. It gets 25 mpg in the city and 33 highway. This vehicle is styled by Pontiac and engineered by Toyota, for the best of Eastern and Western design.
10. MINI Cooper
Forbes lists the MINI Cooper among the top 13 fuel efficient cars. This 4-cylinder, manual transmission model gets 28 mpg city and 37 mpg highway.