Most Fuel-Efficient Cars of 2014

2014 Chevrolet Spark
2014 Chevrolet Spark

For many car buyers, fuel economy is a high priority when it comes to selecting a new vehicle. Fortunately, due to high prices at the gas pump, consumer demand, and federally-mandated fuel efficiency standards, car manufacturers are working hard to improve fuel efficiency. Whether you're looking for a compact commuter car or a minivan to haul the whole family, there's a 2014 vehicle out there that will meet your practical needs and provide great gas mileage too.

Most Fuel-Efficient Cars of 2014 by Class

In order to determine and monitor fuel economy, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tests a portion of all new cars and trucks at the National Vehicle & Fuel Emissions Laboratory. Then, the EPA publishes vehicle fuel economy in the form of miles per gallon (MPG) on its website, FuelEconomy.gov. The following ratings for the 2014 cars with the best gas mileage are based on the EPA's estimates.

Electric Vehicle: Chevrolet Spark EV

City MPG: 128
Highway MPG: 109
Combined MPG: 119

Featuring an 82-mile electric range and a gas engine for longer trips, the Chevrolet Spark EV is available to car buyers in California and Oregon. It seats five people and has 9.6 cubic feet of cargo space. The Spark EV retails for just under $27,000.

Compact Hybrid: Toyota Prius c

City MPG: 53
Highway MPG: 46
Combined MPG: 50

The compact Toyota Prius c is a sporty hatchback with a hybrid engine. This hatchback seats five people and has 17.1 cubic feet of cargo volume. It retails for about $19,000.

2014 Toyota Prius c
2014 Toyota Prius c

Gasoline-Powered Small Car: Mitsubishi Mirage

City MPG: 37
Highway MPG: 44
Combined MPG: 40

The Mitsubishi Mirage is a subcompact that leads the pack of gas-powered vehicles in terms of fuel efficiency. It seats five people and has 17.2 cubic feet of cargo volume. This car has a starting retail price of just under $13,000.

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage
2014 Mitsubishi Mirage

Diesel-Powered Car: Volkswagen Passat Turbo Diesel

City MPG: 31
Highway MPG: 43
Combined MPG: 35

The Turbo Diesel (TDI) engine in the Volkswagen Passat gives it a major boost in terms of fuel economy. This comfortable family car seats five passengers and has a trunk with 15.9 cubic feet of cargo space. The TDI model has a starting retail price of just under $27,000.

Volkswagen Passat TDI
Volkswagen Passat TDI

Hybrid Family Sedan: Toyota Prius

City MPG: 51
Highway MPG: 48
Combined MPG: 50

The hybrid Toyota Prius gets the best gas mileage of any family sedan. This popular car easily seats five people and has an impressive 21.6 cubic feet of cargo volume. The Prius has a starting retail price of just over $24,000.

2014 Toyota Prius
2014 Toyota Prius

Gasoline-Powered Family Sedan: Mazda6

City MPG: 28
Highway MPG: 40
Combined MPG: 32

With comfortable seating for five people and three different trim levels to choose from, the Mazda6 makes a good choice for a fuel-efficient car for the family. It has 14.8 cubic feet of cargo volume in the form of trunk space. This sporty sedan has a starting price of about $21,000.

2014 Mazda6
2014 Mazda6

Hybrid Large Sedan: Toyota Avalon Hybrid

City MPG: 40
Highway MPG: 39
Combined MPG: 40

The Toyota Avalon Hybrid is spacious, with comfortable seating for five people and 16 cubic feet of cargo space. This large sedan has a starting price of about $35,500, and there are a number of options you can select.

Toyota Avalon Hybrid
Toyota Avalon Hybrid

Gasoline-Powered Large Sedan: Ford Taurus

City MPG: 22
Highway MPG: 32
Combined MPG: 26

The 2014 Ford Taurus is a roomy, large sedan that's perfect for seating five adults in comfort. Its large trunk can hold 20.1 cubic feet of cargo. The Taurus comes in four models with different engines and features, and it has a starting price of under $27,000.

2014 Ford Taurus
2014 Ford Taurus

Minivan: Mazda5

City MPG: 22
Highway MPG: 28
Combined MPG: 24

With seating for six people, the Mazda5 is a great choice for carrying your whole family without wasting gas. If the third row of seats is folded, this minivan has 44.4 cubic feet of cargo volume. You can choose from three different trim levels, and the Mazda5 has a starting price of about $20,000.

2014 Mazda5
2014 Mazda5

All Wheel Drive Car: Subaru XV Crosstrek AWD Hybrid

City MPG: 29
Highway MPG: 33
Combined MPG: 31

The Subaru XV Crosstrek AWD Hybrid is a crossover wagon with seating for five and 21.3 cubic feet of cargo volume. It comes in two different trim levels, and the base model starts at about $26,000.

Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid © Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid © Subaru of America, Inc.

Gasoline-Powered SUV or Crossover: Nissan Juke

City MPG: 27
Highway MPG: 32
Combined MPG: 29

The Nissan Juke is a small crossover that seats five people and has room for 10.5 cubic feet of cargo. You can choose from four different trims, starting at about $19,000.

2014 Nissan Juke
2014 Nissan Juke

Plenty of Great Options

When you're looking for the car with the best gas mileage, it's important to consider your driving conditions, passenger and cargo requirements, and budget. With all the great options on the market in 2014, you've got plenty of great cars to choose from.

Most Fuel-Efficient Cars of 2014