With the average gasoline price rising again and headed toward $4 a gallon, owning a car with good fuel economy could become a more important priority. Fortunately, there are several attractive options among 2023 models.
Number one on the list is no surprise. The Toyota Prius was among the first hybrids and still sets the pace on miles per gallon (MPG), according to automotive publisher Edmunds.
The 2023 Prius got a complete makeover, both inside and out – a bonus that goes along with its stingy fuel consumption. The Prius earns a rate of 57 MPG and can get 644 miles on a single fillup.
Edmunds estimates the annual fuel cost at $800. Prices for the Prius start at $28,545.
Hyundai earns praise
In fact, hybrids dominate the list of cars with the best fuel economy. Second is the 2023 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid. Edmunds is a fan of Elantras in general and says if you’re going to buy one, get the hybrid.
It achieves 54 MPG and can travel 594 miles on a tank of gas. The estimated annual fuel cost is $850. Prices start at $25,665.
The midsize 2023 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is third on the list. Edmunds calls the model one of its highest-rated sedans, and not just for fuel economy.
“We like its comfortable ride, spacious interior, generous safety and tech features, and excellent fuel economy,” the editors wrote.
The Sonata Hybrid is rated at 52 MPG and can travel 686 miles without a fuel stop. The estimated annual fuel cost is $900 with the sticker price starting at $29,215.
Two Toyotas round out the top five
The 2023 Toyota Camry Hybrid is fourth on the list, adding fuel economy to one of the most popular models in automotive history. The base model achieves 52 MPG, but upper trim levels are less efficient, getting 46 MPG
The estimated annual fuel cost is $900 and the Camry Hybrid can travel 686 miles on a single fillup. The price of the base trim model starts at $29,750.
Rounding out the top five is another Toyota, the 2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid. The gas-powered Corolla is one of America’s top-selling compact and holds its value extremely well.
The same should be true for the hybrid model, especially if gas prices remain elevated. It also has the advantage of being the least expensive hybrid on the list, with the sticker price starting at below $25,000.
The Corolla Hybrid gets 50 MPG and can go 570 miles before stopping at a gas station. The estimated annual fuel cost is $950.