50 Most Environmentally Friendly and Affordable Vehicles That Can Save You Cash at the Dealership and the Pump

Cars

Cars are more fuel-efficient than they’ve ever been, but these common passenger vehicles are powered by internal combustion engines and they do burn gas. Unlike hybrids, a car’s battery powers only the vehicle’s electrical system and is not capable of propelling the car.

Mitsubishi Mirage

  • EPA size class: Compact cars
  • MSRP: $13,995
  • Combined mpg: 39
  • Annual fuel cost: $800
  • Energy impact (annual petroleum consumption in barrels): 8.5
  • Greenhouse gas emissions (tailpipe CO2 in grams/mile): 228

Mitsubishi Mirage G4

  • EPA size class: Compact cars
  • MSRP: $14,995
  • Combined mpg: 37
  • Annual fuel cost: $850
  • Energy impact (annual petroleum consumption in barrels): 8.9
  • Greenhouse gas emissions (tailpipe CO2 in grams/mile): 236

Hyundai Accent

  • EPA size class: Compact cars
  • MSRP: $15,295
  • Combined mpg: 36
  • Annual fuel cost: $850
  • Energy impact (annual petroleum consumption in barrels): 9.2
  • Greenhouse gas emissions (tailpipe CO2 in grams/mile): 248

Kia Rio

  • EPA size class: Compact cars
  • MSRP: $15,850
  • Combined mpg: 36
  • Annual fuel cost: $850
  • Energy impact (annual petroleum consumption in barrels): 9.2
  • Greenhouse gas emissions (tailpipe CO2 in grams/mile): 249

Honda Civic 4Dr

  • EPA size class: Midsize cars
  • MSRP: $20,650
  • Combined mpg: 36
  • Annual fuel cost: $850
  • Energy impact (annual petroleum consumption in barrels): 9.2
  • Greenhouse gas emissions (tailpipe CO2 in grams/mile): 248

Honda Civic 2Dr

  • EPA size class: Compact cars
  • MSRP: $21,050
  • Combined mpg: 35
  • Annual fuel cost: $850
  • Energy impact (annual petroleum consumption in barrels): 9.2
  • Greenhouse gas emissions (tailpipe CO2 in grams/mile): 248

Toyota Corolla Hatchback

  • EPA size class: Compact cars
  • MSRP: $20,290
  • Combined mpg: 35
  • Annual fuel cost: $850
  • Energy impact (annual petroleum consumption in barrels): 9.4
  • Greenhouse gas emissions (tailpipe CO2 in grams/mile): 250

Chevrolet Spark

  • EPA size class: Subcompact cars
  • MSRP: $13,220
  • Combined mpg: 33
  • Annual fuel cost: $950
  • Energy impact (annual petroleum consumption in barrels): 10
  • Greenhouse gas emissions (tailpipe CO2 in grams/mile): 269

Chevrolet Spark ACTIV

  • EPA size class: Subcompact cars
  • MSRP: $14,395
  • Combined mpg: 33
  • Annual fuel cost: $950
  • Energy impact (annual petroleum consumption in barrels): 10
  • Greenhouse gas emissions (tailpipe CO2 in grams/mile): 269

Toyota Camry

  • EPA size class: Midsize cars
  • MSRP: $24,425
  • Combined mpg: 34
  • Annual fuel cost: $900
  • Energy impact (annual petroleum consumption in barrels): 9.7
  • Greenhouse gas emissions (tailpipe CO2 in grams/mile): 264

Honda Accord

  • EPA size class: Large cars
  • MSRP: $24,020
  • Combined mpg: 33
  • Annual fuel cost: $950
  • Energy impact (annual petroleum consumption in barrels): 10
  • Greenhouse gas emissions (tailpipe CO2 in grams/mile): 266

Nissan Altima

  • EPA size class: Midsize cars
  • MSRP: $24,100
  • Combined mpg: 32
  • Annual fuel cost: $950
  • Energy impact (annual petroleum consumption in barrels): 10.3
  • Greenhouse gas emissions (tailpipe CO2 in grams/mile): 278

Mini Cooper Convertible

  • EPA size class: Minicompact cars
  • MSRP: $28,400
  • Combined mpg: 31
  • Annual fuel cost: $1,300
  • Energy impact (annual petroleum consumption in barrels): 10.6
  • Greenhouse gas emissions (tailpipe CO2 in grams/mile): 281

Fiat 124 Spider

  • EPA size class: Two-seaters
  • MSRP: $25,390
  • Combined mpg: 30
  • Annual fuel cost: $1,350
  • Energy impact (annual petroleum consumption in barrels): 11
  • Greenhouse gas emissions (tailpipe CO2 in grams/mile): 298

Mazda MX-5

  • EPA size class: Two-seaters
  • MSRP: $26,580
  • Combined mpg: 30
  • Annual fuel cost: $1,350
  • Energy impact (annual petroleum consumption in barrels): 11
  • Greenhouse gas emissions (tailpipe CO2 in grams/mile): 299

Subaru BRZ

  • EPA size class: Minicompact cars
  • MSRP: $28,845
  • Combined mpg: 27
  • Annual fuel cost: $1,500
  • Energy impact (annual petroleum consumption in barrels): 12.2
  • Greenhouse gas emissions (tailpipe CO2 in grams/mile): 322

SUVs and Minivans

SUVs and minivans are bigger, more powerful and roomier than cars, but they also tend to get fewer miles per gallon. Many of them — particularly SUVs — incorporate features usually associated with off-road vehicles. Both types of vehicles are usually designed to accommodate more passengers and more cargo than traditional cars.

Subaru Outback

  • EPA size class: Small SUVs
  • MSRP: $26,645
  • Combined mpg: 29
  • Annual fuel cost: $1,050
  • Energy impact (annual petroleum consumption in barrels): 11.4
  • Greenhouse gas emissions (tailpipe CO2 in grams/mile): 308

Mazda CX-9

  • EPA size class: Small SUVs
  • MSRP: $33,890
  • Combined mpg: 24
  • Annual fuel cost: $1,300
  • Energy impact (annual petroleum consumption in barrels): 13.7
  • Greenhouse gas emissions (tailpipe CO2 in grams/mile): 363

Honda Pilot

  • EPA size class: Small SUVs
  • MSRP: $31,650
  • Combined mpg: 23
  • Annual fuel cost: $1,350
  • Energy impact (annual petroleum consumption in barrels): 14.3
  • Greenhouse gas emissions (tailpipe CO2 in grams/mile): 388

Chrysler Voyager

  • EPA size class: Minivans
  • MSRP: $26,985
  • Combined mpg: 22
  • Annual fuel cost: $1,400
  • Energy impact (annual petroleum consumption in barrels): 15
  • Greenhouse gas emissions (tailpipe CO2 in grams/mile): 401

Honda Odyssey

  • EPA size class: Minivans
  • MSRP: $30,790
  • Combined mpg: 22
  • Annual fuel cost: $1,400
  • Energy impact (annual petroleum consumption in barrels): 15
  • Greenhouse gas emissions (tailpipe CO2 in grams/mile): 394

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