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9 gas-only cars getting 40 mpg | Honda

Toyota Prius | Toyota

Compact car: Toyota Prius

54 city/50 highway mpg

  • Starting price: $24,200
  • 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine
  • 121 total horsepower

With more than 3.5 million cars on the road since its introduction, the Toyota Prius has remained a mainstay among cars with top fuel economy. With a starting price of $24,200, current models are powered by a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor to producing 121 total horsepower with an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 54 city, 50 highway mpg.

Hyundai Sonata | Hyundai

Family sedan: Hyundai Sonata

25 city/38 highway mpg

  • Starting price: $21,750

The midsized Hyundai Sonata comes in 6 gas models, as well as a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid version. Starting at $21,750, the base model, the SE, gets a very respectable 25 city/38 highway mpg. Still very affordable at a starting price of $26,000, the Sonata Hybrid’s fuel economy jumps up to 40 city/44 highway. For $34,600, the plug-in hybrid model qualifies for a $4,919 federal tax rebate, gets you 27 all-electric miles and a 600-mile total range. Road trip anyone?

Lexus ES | Lexus

Luxury sedan: Lexus ES

21 city/31 highway mpg

  • Starting price: $38,100
  • 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • 268 horsepower

With the Lexus ES, you can ride in the lap of luxury without compromising fuel economy or performance. ES comes in 2 models, a gas-only version and a hybrid. The Lexus ES 350 starts at $38,100 and comes equipped with a 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 268 horsepower and gets 21 city/31 highway mpg. With the starting price of $41,020, the hybrid Lexus ES 300h is powered by a 2.4-liter in-line, 4-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor that produces 200 total horsepower and logs 40 city/39 highway mpg.

Chevrolet Colorado © General Motors

Pickup truck: Chevrolet Colorado

20 city/27 highway mpg

  • Starting price: $20,100
  • 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engine
  • 200 horsepower

Like all pickups, the Chevrolet Colorado comes in numerous configurations that start at $20,100. There are 2 different cab choices, 2 bed-length choices and 4 trim levels, with each configuration available in 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive. With all those choices also comes 3 engines, each with best-in-class fuel economy: a 200 horsepower, 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder that gets 20 city/27 highway mpg; a 305 horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 with 18 city/26 highway mpg and a 181 horsepower, 2.8-liter turbo diesel rated at 22 city/31 highway mpg.

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Chrysler Pacifica | Chrysler

Minivan: Chrysler Pacifica

18 city/28 highway mpg

  • Starting price: $28,595
  • 3.6-liter V-6 gas engine
  • 287 horsepower

New to the market for 2017, the Chrysler Pacifica comes in a gas model that rivals its competitors in fuel economy and will best them toward the end of 2016 with a plug-in hybrid version. Starting at $28,595, there are 5 trim levels paired with the 287 horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 gas engine that gets 18 city/28 highway mpg. While plug-in hybrid models do not have an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating yet, this 260 horsepower version will utilize the same engine paired with an electric motor to improve gas mileage by providing 30 miles of pure electric power and a range of 530 miles.

Honda CR-Z | Honda

Sporty car: Honda CR-Z

23 city/30 highway mpg

  • Starting price: $20,295
  • 130 horsepower

Performance and fuel economy do go together with the sporty Honda CR-Z. With a starting price of just $20,295, the small hatchback comes in 3 trim levels, all featuring a 130 horsepower, inline 4-cylinder engine that gets an EPA estimated 39 city/36 highway mpg. That should leave plenty of spare change in your wallet!

Toyota RAV4 | Toyota

Compact SUV: Toyota RAV4

23 city/30 highway mpg

  • Starting price: $24,350
  • 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder engine
  • 176 horsepower

The popular compact SUV comes in 4 gas models and 2 hybrid models offering plenty of options. Gas models start at $24,350 and get 23 city/30 highway mpg fuel economy with the 176 horsepower, 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder and front wheel drive. With a starting price of $28,370, the RAV4 Hybrid gets 34 city/31 highway mpg thanks to an electric motor and 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 194 total horsepower. Hybrids come in 2 versions.

Nissan Murano | Nissan

Midsize SUV: Nissan Murano

21 city/28 highway mpg

  • Starting price: $29,660
  • 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • 260 horsepower

In the midsize crossover/SUV segment, the Nissan Murano offers great gas mileage. With a starting price of $29,660, there are 4 gas models that get 21 city/28 highway mpg with a 260 horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6. In addition, there are 2 hybrid versions, which utilize a 2.5-liter, supercharged 4-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor to produce a 249 total horsepower and boost mileage to 31 highway/28 city mpg.

Volvo XC90 | Volvo

Luxury SUV: Volvo XC90

22 city/26 highway mpg

  • Starting price: $43,950
  • 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine
  • 250 horsepower

With a starting price of $43,950, the Volvo XC90 comes with a choice of 3 powertrains, including a plug-in hybrid. The large crossover has 4 trim levels and either front-wheel or all-wheel-drive. Base front-wheel-drive models feature a 250 horsepower, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that gets 22 city/26 highway mpg. Sportier T6 models are powered by a 316 horsepower, 2.0-liter, supercharged inline 4-cylinder that gets 20 city/25 highway mpg. Plug-in hybrid models utilize a 400 horsepower, 2.0-liter, turbocharged, supercharged 4-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor that improves fuel economy to the equivalent of 53 city/54 highway mpg.

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