Top 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Cars for Cost-Conscious Buyers

Automotive manufacturers have been producing quality fuel-efficient cars for over a decade. Fuel savvy machines help consumers from spending valuable time and cash at the pump. And, while electric and hybrid cars are becoming more mainstream and functional, they’re expensive to purchase brand new. Quality used fuel-efficient vehicles have become a solid option for car buyers looking to lower their carbon emissions, save money on gas, all while avoiding taking on steep monthly payments.

We all know choosing a quality pre-owned vehicle over a new car has many benefits for car buyers. So, if you’re interested in finding a new ride that’s reliable, cost-effective, great on gas, and fits your lifestyle, consider purchasing one of the following fuel-efficient cars we’ve listed for you in this article.

Fuel Efficient Compact Vehicles

Compact cars have always been an economical choice for new and used car buyers. And, with today’s latest fuel-saving technologies, gas powered compact vehicles have better gas mileage than ever.  What sort of mileage can you expect from a modern compact vehicle nowadays? Several recent models of compact cars easily deliver 33mpg – 44mpg.


Perfect as a commuter vehicle or for people with minimal storage needs, compact cars are a great choice of vehicle. A few of our favourite used compact cars with amazing combined city-highway gas mileage are:

Mitsubishi Mirage

Fuel Economy: 43 MPG

Mitsubishi Motors re-introduced the Mirage model in 2012. And, since then the Mirage has been leading the gas-fueled compact car category for outstanding fuel efficiency. Purchasing a Mitsubishi Mirage made in 2012, or any year since, is a great option for securing a small car that will be great on gas. However, as with all used vehicles, be sure to purchase yours from a reliable and reputable supplier.

Toyota Yaris Hatchback

Fuel Economy: 32 MPG

The Toyota Yaris offers great mileage per gallon of fuel in their sedan and hatchback models but the hatchback is easier to find in Canada than its sister model, the sedan. Yaris hatchbacks made after 2011 have held steady at fuel economy value of approximately 33mpg, making the Yaris hatchback a sought-after used car.

Mazda 3

Fuel Economy: 32 MPG

The Mazda 3 offers drivers similar fuel efficiency as the Yaris and Mirage, but the larger-sized Mazda 3 brings more leg room and horsepower to the table. For example, a 2015 Mazda 3 manual vehicle offers 155 – 180 hp while maintaining a highway fuel mileage of about 40mpg.

Fuel Efficient Sedans

Sedans offer more cabin space, greater power, and smoother rides than most compact vehicles making them a nice choice for drivers who want more from their car than a basic transportation experience. And, many makes and models of sedans produced in recent years utilize fuel-efficient engines that cut back on gas consumption. 


At Howie’s Car Corral, you can expect to find a great selection of quality used sedans to choose from every time you visit. Including ones that have great fuel economy, such as the ones listed below.

Toyota Corolla

Fuel Economy: 32 MPG – 34MPG

Toyota Corollas have been a staple on Canadian roadways since its release in Canada several decades ago. Since then, the Corolla has been a model of reliability and safety in the realm of sedan-sized cars. Not surprisingly, recent Corolla models also come with excellent fuel efficiency ratings as well as their high-quality engines.

Chevrolet Malibu

Fuel Economy : 29 MPG

Chevrolet Malibus made after 2015 are great sedans that offer a respectable amount of horsepower, have good fuel efficiency, and offer more cargo space than other cars in the same class. A good family car to commute in or take on a cross-country road trip.

Hyundai Elantra

Fuel Economy: 32 MPG – 34 MPG

In 2012, Hyundai’s Elantra sedan earned North American’s Car of the Year designation at the Detroit auto show and has been a top-selling sedan in Canada and the United States since. The low fuel consumption of the Hyundai Elantra certainly adds to the car’s award-winning appeal.

Fuel Efficient SUVs

SUVs are handy, attractive, and have more storage capacity than most cars and sedan models. And, with today’s modern technology, many SUVs have been able to abandon their gas-guzzling roots for more wallet and environmentally friendly engine features. While you won’t see the same fuel efficiency in an SUV that you do in a compact car, updated and newer SUVs are definitely less expensive to fuel than their earlier counterparts.

Honda CR-V 2017, 1.5L

Fuel Economy: 30 MPG

A great vehicle to shuttle the family to and from activities, Honda’s CR-V is a quality vehicle that can take the stress off fuel consumption costs. Used Honda CR-V’s are a sound purchase. When serviced regularly by a qualified mechanic, CR-V’s tend to last longer than comparable SUVs.

Nissan Rogue 2018

Fuel Economy: 29 MPG

Nissan’s Rogue is a sporty-looking SUV that can handle an active lifestyle. There’s room to store sports gear and equipment and it  has a sleek appearance to boot. For style, functionality, and fuel efficiency, later models of the Nissan Rogue are great options.

Kia Soul

Fuel Economy: 27 MPG

Kia’s Soul SUV is easily noticed because of its modern look and use of bright, sometimes contrasting, body colours. Gas powered Kia Souls offer car owners the chance to save on fuel costs and have all the benefits of owning a larger sized vehicle.


Fuel Efficient Hybrids

Hybrid vehicle technology has been around for a few years now. This means there are some great quality used hybrid vehicles available to be scooped up by a penny-pincher car buyer. While adapting to a hybrid vehicle’s unique care and maintenance needs may be awkward at first, the amount to be saved on fuel costs may be worth your while. 


A couple of plug in hybrid vehicles that we recommend taking a look at are the Toyota Prius Hybrid sedan and the Toyota RAV 4 hybrid SUV. The best way to keep an eye out for quality used hybrid vehicles is to stay up-to-date with the Corral’s available inventory , easily found on our website.

Find Fuel Efficient Cars in Victoria, BC

Fuel efficient cars in Victoria, BC can always be found at our well-known and respected used car lot, Howie’s Car Corral. And, in addition to carrying some of the best used vehicles in the Greater Victoria Area, we also provide top-notch finance and car maintenance services. Come visit the Corral, we look forward to welcoming you!