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  • Electric


    Avoid gas stations altogether. Electricity is cheap and ubiquitous. EVs are the greenest vehicles you can buy. But limited range means mostly local driving.

  • Hybrid


    Gas-electric hybrids are the most efficient cars that don’t have a plug. There are nearly 40 available models—ranging from compact to full-size SUV.

  • Diesel


    Diesel vehicles have exceptional fuel efficiency and are fun to drive. Today's diesels are much cleaner and quieter than those from previous generations.

  • High MPG Gas

    High MPG Gas

    Great fuel efficiency is possible with conventional gas engines. There's a growing list of reasonably priced models getting 35 mpg or higher.

  • CNG

    Natural Gas

    Research is required to find a local station that pumps CNG (Compressed Natural Gas), and choice of models is limited. But the payoff is low-cost fuel that burns clean.

  • Ethanol


    If you live near an E85 pump, a flex-fuel car utilizes a domestic source of farm-grown fuel.

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  • 1965 Classic Mini Monster

    1965 Classic Mini Monster

    Before hybrids and electric cars hit the green car scene, the best fuel efficiency strategy was to downsize. But for decades, opting for a smaller car, in order to go further on a gallon of gas, meant driving an “econobox” — a joyless, stripped-down model with little oomph and even less style. One exception has...
  • Top Five Reasons MPG Drops in Colder Weather

    Top Five Reasons MPG Drops in Colder Weather

    Now that summer is, unfortunately, in the rear-view-mirror, perhaps you’ve noticed the days getting shorter and the nights cooler. As temperatures continue to drop, you might also see a slight decline in your car’s MPG. That’s completely normal, and should be expected. In fact, by the heart of winter, the drop in fuel efficiency could...
  • Fuel-Efficient Tires

    Fuel-Efficient Tires

    Where the Rubber Hits Your MPG Whiz-bang car technology allows hybrids to get 50 mpg, and electric cars to earn the equivalent of 100 miles per gallon. But you don’t have to go high-tech to improve your fuel efficiency. Significant gains in mpg are available to anybody paying attention to their tires, no matter what...
  • Green Driving: 1960 Nash Metropolitan

    Green Driving: 1960 Nash Metropolitan

    If you’re looking to save money at the pumps, one of the smartest things you can do is to downsize. Keep this in mind: Buying a car that meets, but does not exceed, your need for size and power doesn’t have to be an exercise in self-restraint. A little legroom and horsepower can be traded...
  • Green Driving: 1969 Classic Mini Cooper

    Green Driving: 1969 Classic Mini Cooper

    The 2012 Mini Cooper with manual six-speed gearbox gets 29 miles per gallon in the city and 37 on the highway. That’s great mileage for a car that provides such a high quotient of fun and styling. Due to car’s small profile and light weight, its 121 horsepower provides plenty of oomph. The Mini’s legacy...
  • 1971 Honda N600

    1971 Honda N600

    Many of today’s green cars are stingy on fuel, and speedy on the road. But nobody could have imagined combing fuel-efficiency and brisk acceleration when this Honda N600 was sold new in 1971. The N600 boasted fuel efficiency up to 40 miles per gallon. But when tested by Britain’s Motor magazine, they reported traveling from...
  • 1988 Honda CRX HF

    1988 Honda CRX HF

    This gas-only non-hybrid 1988 Honda CRX HF has a remarkable EPA fuel economy rating of 49 miles per gallon on the highway, and 41 in the city. The HF stands for “high fuel efficiency,” an acronym still used by Honda to signify the most fuel thrifty version of the Civic. The 1987 CRX, back in...
  • 2012 Scion iQ

    2012 Scion iQ

    The 2012 Scion iQ is now the most fuel-efficient gas-powered car in America. The iQ knocks the Smart Fortwo of its perch as the high-mpg leader, a position that Smart has held since its introduction in 2008. The iQ gets 36 MPG in the city and 37 MPG on the highway, according to the EPA—beating...

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