Vehicle Fuel Economy vs. Acceleration

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Consumer Reports’ tests show that drivers don’t have to give up engine performance in exchange for good fuel economy. We compiled this list of vehicles that provided the best combination of fuel economy and acceleration as proof, based on our latest test data.

The vehicles are ranked within each category based on the overall miles per gallon and 0-60-mph acceleration times they achieved in our tests. Both were weighted equally.

Click the linked model names below for the complete road test, ratings, and pricing.

Best Fuel Economy and Acceleration by Category Based on CR Tests

Make & Model

Fuel Economy

(Overall mpg = 40+)

0-60 mph Acceleration Time

(Equal to or less than 11.0 seconds)

BMW i3 Giga

1391

7.5

Toyota Prius Prime

1331/502

10.8

Tesla Model 3 Long Range

1301

5.3

Hyundai Kona Electric Limited

1201

6.6

Chevrolet Bolt Premier

1191

6.8

Kia Niro Electric EX Premium

1121

6.8

Nissan Leaf SL Plus

1041

7.0

Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid

1101/392

8.3

Hyundai Ioniq SEL

52

9.9

Toyota Prius Three

52

10.3

Honda Insight EX

54

8.7

Kia Niro EX

43

9.9

Make & Model

Fuel Economy

(Overall mpg = 31+)

0-60 mph Acceleration Time

(Equal to or less than 11.0 seconds)

Kia Rio S

33

9.6

Hyundai Accent SEL

33

9.9

Nissan Versa SV sedan

32

9.6

Make & Model

Fuel Economy

(Overall mpg = 30+)

0-60 mph Acceleration Time

(Equal to or less than 10.5 seconds)

Toyota Corolla LE Hybrid

48

10.3

Toyota Corolla Hatchback

36

8.7

Kia Forte LXS (2.0L)

34

8.3

Hyundai Elantra SEL

33

7.9

Toyota Corolla LE

32

9.9

Nissan Sentra SV

32

8.5

Honda Civic LX

32

8.7

Honda Civic EX-T

31

7.1

Subaru Impreza Premium

30

9.5

Make & Model

Fuel Economy

(Overall mpg = 25+)

0-60 mph Acceleration Time

(Equal to or less than 8.5 seconds. Manual transmission, unless noted.)

Mazda MX-5 Miata Club

34

6.7

Mini Cooper S

30

7.0

Subaru BRZ Premium

30

7.2

Toyota 86

30

7.2

Volkswagen GTI Autobahn

29

6.6

Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec

29

7.0

Toyota Supra Premium

27

4.6

Porsche 718 Boxster (base)

26

4.4

Subaru Impreza WRX Premium

26

6.0

Audi TT 2.0T (AT)

26

6.3

BMW M235i

25

5.2

Ford Mustang Premium (2.3T, AT)

25

6.4

Make & Model

Fuel Economy

(Overall mpg = 28+)

0-60 mph Acceleration Time

(Equal to or less than 9.0 seconds)

Honda Accord Hybrid EX

47

7.4

Toyota Camry Hybrid LE

47

7.8

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid SEL

44

8.0

Kia K5 LXS

32

7.7

Toyota Camry LE (4-cyl.)

32

8.0

Hyundai Sonata SEL (2.5L)

31

7.5

Nissan Altima 2.5 SV

31

7.6

Honda Accord EX (1.5T)

31

7.7

Chevrolet Malibu LT (1.5T)

29

8.4

Volkswagen Passat SE (4-cyl.)

28

7.9

Make & Model

Fuel Economy

(Overall mpg = 24+)

0-60 mph Acceleration Time

(Equal to or less than 8.5 seconds)

Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE

42

8.3

Nissan Maxima

25

6.5

Make & Model

Fuel Economy

(Overall mpg = 24+)

0-60 mph Acceleration Time

(Equal to or less than 9.0 seconds)

Tesla Model Y Long Range

1211

4.7

Lexus UX 250h

37

8.8

Lexus NX 300h

29

8.9

Mercedes-Benz GLA250

27

6.8

BMW X1 xDrive28i

26

7.9

Mini Cooper Countryman S

25

8.3

BMW X2 xDrive28i

25

8.0

Audi Q5 Premium

24

6.8

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti

24

7.0

Volvo XC40 Momentum

24

7.3

Lexus NX 300

24

7.5

BMW X3 xDrive30i

24

7.7

Make & Model

Fuel Economy

(Overall mpg = 15+)

0-60 mph Acceleration Time

(Equal to or less than 9.0 seconds)

BMW X7 xDrive40i

22

6.5

Mercedes-Benz GLS 450

20

6.4

Chevrolet Traverse Premier (V6)

20

7.3

Buick Enclave Premium

18

7.4

Dodge Durango Limited (V6)

18

8.3

Chevrolet Tahoe LT

17

7.8

GMC Yukon SLT

17

7.8

Lincoln Navigator Select

16

6.2

Ford Expedition MAX Limited

16

7.3

Chevrolet Suburban Premier

16

7.6

GMC Yukon XL SLT

16

7.6

Make & Model

Fuel Economy

(Overall mpg = 20+)

0-60 mph Acceleration Time

(Equal to or less than 9.0 seconds)

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

841/272

8.3

Toyota Sienna XLE

36

8.2

Honda Odyssey EX-L

22

8.1

Chrysler Pacifica Touring-L

21

8.0

Kia Sedona EX

20

8.0

Make & Model

Fuel Economy

(Overall mpg = 25+)

0-60 mph Acceleration Time

(Equal to or less than 10.5 seconds)

Hyundai Venue SEL

32

8.9

Nissan Kicks SV

32

10.5

Kia Soul EX

28

8.8

How Accurate Are Fuel Economy Estimates?

How accurate are the gas mileage estimates that come with new cars? On the 'Consumer 101' TV show, Consumer Reports' expert Ryan Pszczolkowski explains how CR confirms the amount of fuel an engine is using—and offers tips for maximizing your mpgs.

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