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Most Fuel Efficient Autos for 2014 – EPA Rated

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With 2013 coming to a close and 2014 only weeks away the U.S. Department of Energy has released official EPA ratings for 2014 model vehicles on fueleconomy.gov. Over 1,000 vehicle ratings can be accessed through this site. The site has loads of useful information including trip calculators, fuel savings calculators, and side by side comparisons of different autos you might be considering.

The site also lists the vehicles with the best and worst combined fuel economies. Most consumers won’t have to worry about fuel economy when driving the car with the worst performance in that category. At $1.3 million for the 16 cylinder 8.0 liter Bugatti Veyron, 10 mpg is the least of your worries if you own one. Many of the least efficient vehicles on the EPA’s list are high-end sports cars that not only get poor fuel economy, they also run on super premium gas. Ferrari, Bentley, Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce, and Mercedes all made the list with combined fuel economy ratings of 15 mpg and below.  The only non-luxury car to make the list was the Chevy Camaro 6.2L V8.

The EPA splits the best fuel economy autos into two categories dividing electric vehicles and non-plug-ins. 

Top 5 Fuel-Efficient Models (Electric)

Chevrolet Spark EV -  119 combined MPGe. The Spark EV has a range of about 80 miles and is good for a 0-60 time of just 7.6 seconds, making it far from slow. Equipped with a new DC "combo charger" the spark EV is able to charge the batteries up to 80 percent in a scant 20 minutes.

Honda Fit EV - 118 combined MPGe. Nimble handling and an an 82-mile combined driving-range make this small wagon a smart option if you’re seeking a green vehicle.

Fiat 500e - 116 combined MPGe. The FIAT 500e is powered by a 111hp electric motor and is offers the most customization options of any of the electric vehicles.

smart fortwo electric drive cabriolet or coupe – 107 combined MPGe. Offering a combined range of 68 miles and either a soft top or coupe the smart fortwo fits into parking spaces other cars won’t.

Ford Focus Electric – 105 combined MPGe. This four-door is the first vehicle in its class to offer Active Park Assist, which can actually guide and steer the car into a parking space if the driver moderates speed with the brake.

Top 5 Fuel-Efficient Autos – (non-plug-in)

Toyota Prius Hybrid – 50 MPG combined - The Prius has set the standard for hybrid-powertrains in the U.S. since it was introduced and remains at the top of the list for fuel economy.

Toyota Prius V – 42 MPG combined – The Prius V is the largest Prius model offering additional rear seat room and cargo space.

Honda CR-Z -  37 MPG combined – This sporty hybrid is touted as the “first 6 speed production hybrid” and offers a 3-mode drive system that alters settings for normal driving, sport mode, or economy while driving in traffic.

Ford Fiesta SFE FWD – 37 MPG combined – Ford recently upgraded materials and trims inside, resulting is a more premium, sporty feel throughout the cabin. The turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine is paired with a five-speed manual transmission to beat out competitors in performance and efficiency.

Scion iQ – 37 MPG combined – The iQ beats the smart fortwo in turning radius by nearly 3 feet and offers Scion’s customization options along with continuously variable transmission, eleven airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution, traction control, and stability control for a great ride.

If you are looking for fuel efficiency, you certainly can’t beat these autos. For more details check out the EPA’s official fuel economy site. To find the best deal on a new can let AutoBuying101.com match you up with a dealer so you can get new car quotes and compare vehicles.