The Ultimate Fuel Economy Improvement Guide - Chapter 4 - Most Economical Cars

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In Chapter 1 of The Ultimate Fuel Economy Improvement Guide, we discussed why fuel economy is so important.  In Chapter 2 suggested 8 ways that you could change your driving habits to help you get better fuel economy, and in Chapter 3 we gave you 6 maintenance suggestions to further enhance your gas mileage. But ultimately, the most effective way to improve your fuel economy is to purchase a more fuel-efficient vehicle. In this installment, we will tell you about some of the most fuel-efficient cars, one conventional and one with advanced technology, in the Subcompact, Compact, Mid-Sized and Full-Sized classes.  At Hansma Automotive we're concerned about conserving fuel. For more information on how you can improve the fuel economy of your current vehicle, contact us at Hansma Automotive today.

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Subcompact

Conventional:  2017 Ford Fiesta SFE- *Annual Fuel Cost = $1265
This vehicle comes with a 1.0 L engine, 3 cylinders and a 5-speed manual transmission. It gets 7.6 L/100 km in the city and 5.7 L/100 km on the highway for a combined fuel consumption rating of 6.8 L/100 km

Advanced Technology: 2017 BMW i3 (60 Ah) - *Annual Fuel Cost = $437
This electric car has a 125 kW engine and an automatic transmission. Its battery needs to be recharged after 4 hours. It gets 15.2 kWh/100 km in the city and 18.8 kWh/100 km on the highway for a combined fuel consumption rating of 16.8 kWh/100 km.

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Compact

Conventional: 2017 Toyota Prius c - *Annual Fuel Cost = $949
This vehicle comes with a 1.5 L engine, 4 cylinder hybrid with a continuously variable transmission. It gets 4.9 L/100 km in the city and 5.5 L/100 km on the highway for a combined fuel consumption rating of 5.1 L/100 km

Advanced Technology: 2017 Ford Focus Electric - *Annual Fuel Cost = $510
This electric car has a 107 kW electric motor and a 1-speed automatic transmission. Its battery needs to be recharged after 5.5 hours. It gets 17.7 kWh/100 km in the city and 21.8 kWh/100 km on the highway for a combined fuel consumption rating of 19.6 kWh/100 km.

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Mid-Sized

Conventional:  2017 Toyota Prius- *Annual Fuel Cost = $837
This vehicle comes with a 1.8 L engine, 4 cylinder hybrid with a continuously variable transmission. It gets 4.4 L/100 km in the city and 4.5 L/100 km on the highway for a combined fuel consumption rating of 4.6 L/100 km.

Advanced Technology: 2017 Nissan LEAF - *Annual Fuel Cost = $484
This electric car has an 80 kW electric motor and a 1-speed automatic transmission. Its battery needs to be recharged after 6 hours. It gets 17 kWh/100 km in the city and 20.7 kWh/100 km on the highway for a combined fuel consumption rating of 18.6 kWh/100 km.

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Full-Sized

Conventional: 2017 Ford C-MAX Hybrid - *Annual Fuel Cost = $1097
This vehicle comes with a 2.0 L engine, 4 cylinder hybrid with a continuously variable transmission. It gets 5.7 L/100 km in the city and 6.2 L/100 km on the highway for a combined fuel consumption rating of 5.9 L/100 km.

Advanced Technology: 2017 Tesla Model S 60D - *Annual Fuel Cost = $525
This electric car has a 386 kW electric motor and a 1-speed automatic transmission. Its battery needs to be recharged after 10 hours. It gets 20.6 kWh/100 km in the city and 19.6 kWh/100 km on the highway for a combined fuel consumption rating of 20.2 kWh/100 km.

*The annual fuel costs were calculated using a driving distance of 20,000 km, a gasoline price of $0.93/L for regular gasoline and an electricity cost of $0.13/kWh.

The Next Chapters

In Chapter 5 we will look at the most fuel-efficient trucks and SUVs in their classes. Our final installment will give you an overview and summary of our Ultimate Fuel Economy Improvement Guide.

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Posted on March 26, 2017 .