While the gasoline prices continue to hover at record low levels throughout the majority of US states, its safe to say that some caution is in order, as the prices might one day return to the destructive levels we saw after the financial crisis.
So, in other words, while most of the consumers are still heading their purchase decision towards that larger sport utility vehicle or pickup truck, the calculated ones will balance the offers at hand. So, here’s an easy decision criteria – fuel economy. And we have a list with the best mileage models. The winner is BMW’s electric city dweller, the i3, which can post an e-mpg of 137/111 in city and highway cycles. Also, it’s important to know the model also comes in a range extender mode that delivers a range of 117 e-mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. It’s a little pricey though, with the MSRP starting at more than 40ks. Next up we have another city dweller, also equipped with an electric power train, which is also significantly cheaper, starting at a little more than 26k. It’s the Chevrolet Spark EV, which comes with and e-mpg of 128/109 in the city and on the highway.
If small cars are not your thing, you might want to consider a compact offering, albeit in a hatchback form. It’s the electrified version of the well known German Volkswagen Golf model, delivering 126/105 e-mpg city/highway. In fourth place sits the Fiat 500e, with 122/108 e-mpg city/highway – though even FCA chief Sergio Marchionne doesn’t recommend it. And rounding up our top five of fuel efficient vehicles is the world’s best selling electric car, the Nissan Leaf, with 126/101 e-mpg city/highway.