Although many see the sudden and very steep price drop for gas as a maneuver from fossil fuel distributors to fight against climate change activists, the realities it implies find that irrelevant. With the soon to come reboot of the automotive sector led by the automation of personal vehicles, people are relying on different things when looking for a car. Once again proving their superiority over the market, BMW declared most fuel efficient car in the US by J.D. Power.
Lower gas prices still matter
Gas prices have dropped very steeply since the climate change conference in Paris, much to the chagrin of some and to the delight of others. With gas costing almost $2 per gallon, buyers have started looking into other factors when choosing their vehicle of choice.
Comfort and performance are some of the most sought after features, but fuel efficiency is still a very important factor for others.
Some issues with current trends
In 2012, the United States government in collaboration with the auto industry decided to set some rules for a fuel efficiency standard. Therefore, by 2025 all vehicles will be required to have a minimum fuel efficiency standard of 54.5 miles per gallon (mpg).
In 2014, not only were we not even getting close, with the highest efficiency being of 26 mpg, but the average seemed to have dropped. Things changed, however, with the emergence of electric vehicles, which will without a doubt soon become the new standard in fuel efficiency. Thus, even the lowest vehicles in the top 10 most fuel efficient cars of this year have an almost double efficiency than the required 2025 standard.
Below you will find the top 10 list, starting with the most efficient.
Top 10 most fuel efficient cars in 2016 America
Since all of the cars on the list are electric, I will not state the engine type. Instead, you will be presented with the car, the number of miles per gallon and the price of the vehicle.
- BMW i3 BEV, 124 mpg, $43,395
- Chevy Spark EV, 119 mpg, $25,995
- Volkswagen e-Golf, 116 mpg, $28,995
- Nissan Leaf, 114 mpg, $29,010
- Fiat 500E, 112 mpg, $32,300
- Mitsubishi i-MiEV, 112 mpg, $22,995
- Smart ForTwo EV, 107 mpg, $25,000
- Ford Focus Electric, 105 mpg, $29,170
- Kia Soul Electric, 105 mpg, $31,950
- Tesla Model S, 101 mpg, $71,200
As you can see, the cars come in a wide range of prices, making them pretty much generally affordable. Be sure to pick what suits you best.
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