Top 10 Family Friendly Fuel Sippers

Top 10 Family Friendly Fuel Sippers

2014 Mazda6

Getting “mileage” out of a purchase can mean more than saving gas. There’s cargo capacity, seat space and price to take into account on top of hunting for high miles per gallon.

You might be surprised by how many new cars there are in dealer showrooms today that offer all of those attributes without compromising much in any category. With that in mind, here are 10 family-friendly options that can achieve at least 40 mpg.

This is the only vehicle on the list with a traditional gasoline drivetrain. Think about that for a minute…

Mazda is the only company with a vehicle this size that isn’t using a hybrid system and is boasting up to 40 mpg. That’s impressive for such a small company. In AutoGuide’s recent mid-size sedan comparison, the car returned impressive fuel economy, too. It wasn’t the claimed 40 mpg, but our car wasn’t equipped with the mildly mpg-boosting i-Eloop system and it still managed to return the second-best fuel economy.

  • Turbineguy

    My ’12 Passat TDI regularly returns 44-47mpg on longer highway trips. In-town driving is between 34-37 mpg. The EPA ratings on diesels are a joke – unrealistically low.

  • ColumWood

    You can say that again. It’s nice that diesel drivers know they will get better than EPA miles, but it would be nice if the rest of the buying public knew it too.

  • ex honda accord fan

    Honda has built a hybrid? First they should build a reliable ignition. Who cares about the mileage if you are always getting towed?

  • SuperDave

    As a 2012 passat TDI owner myself, high 40’s and no batteries required! ;-P

  • gotglasses

    Honda ignition? You too? Mine never starts below freezing.

  • mbmck00

    whatcha mean? The new Accord has an ignition problem?


    Our 2010 Diesel Forester shows 5.6l/100 for the last 3,000km’s – not to be sneezed at !

  • tdi owner

    vw tdi, on the highway i get a much better than 40mpg, more like 47mpg, combined i get 41mpg, this is an awesome car!

  • Fred2202350

    I’ve driven diesels for years (currently new Jetta TDI), but the mfgs. just don’t want to sell the ones my wife needs for car pool with a diesel. There are several I’d buy if offered with the same motor as in Italy. (or VW could sell the Touran here) Oddly, the car I have garaged at my house in Italy is NOT a diesel – old, low mileage Citroën AX I got for a song precisely due to having a gasoline engine when 80%+ of cars there are diesel.


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