Toyota Prius Named the Cheapest Car to Drive

Toyota Prius Named the Cheapest Car to Drive

Ever wondered just how big of a difference owning a hybrid makes on your wallet?

According to a recent study, the Toyota Prius is the cheapest car to drive, clocking in a price of $0.07 per mile. How does that compare to the most expensive car to drive? Well, the Bugatti Veyron costs five times as much to run, at over $0.35 cents per mile. Of course the Veyron also has more than five times the power, and even more than fives times the fun.

As for vehicles that topped the list of lowest fuel-cost-per-mile, hybrids dominated the list with the Prius c at 7.2 cents per mile, the Ford Fusion and C-Max Hybrid at 7.6 cents per mile, and the Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid clocking in at 8 cents per mile.

The data comes from, which calculated the fuel-cost-per-mile based on combined EPA fuel ratings and dividing by the national average for a gallon of unleaded gasoline. As for the other most expensive cars to drive, the Ford E350 Wagon runs 32.6 cents per mile, the Chevrolet 2500 Suburban, GMC 2500 Yukon XL, and Lamborghini Aventador all cost 29.9 cents per mile.

Lastly, the site also took a look at the lowest average fuel-cost-per-mile by automakers with Smart topping the list at 10 cents per mile. Fiat was second at 12 cents per mile. Rounding off the top three was Scion at 12.5 cents per mile, MINI at 12.6 cents per mile, and Honda at 12.8 cents per mile.

In a list of over 700 cars, almost 500 vehicles cost less than 20 centers per mile to drive.

[Source: CNBC]

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  • Mark Gold

    It may be the cheapest to drive, but it certainly isn’t the greenest car to drive (nor fun and engaging either). Consider all of the precious metals needed to make the batteries and the amount of greenhouse gasses generated just to transport those materials and manufacture the batteries. Plus, add the mediocre driving experience the Prius has to offer. It’s only useful purpose if to drive from point A to point B. No thanks. Personally, give me a biodiesel powered VW, or even better, the 57MPG BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics model.

  • DRJJ

    We’ll give ya a honk when we pass you on the side of the road broke down!

  • Jeffrey McCollum

    My Mitsubishi Triton CNG is 3 cents per mile and cost about $6 to fill with natural gas
    My Nissan Versa with it’s 3 cylinder 1.2L engine cost 6 cents a mile with gas and when run on Propane cost 2.4 cents per mile. So when I drive 100,000 miles plus a year every penny counts

  • DRJJ

    It saves on avg about $100 month in fuel over a 28 mpg sedan (at 15k miles/year)= $12,000 savings over 10 years-makes it the least expensive! The Prius has no belts, is Engineered for 250,000 of service, the nickel batteries are cheap enough now and 5 dr practicality! The real smart car!

  • Mark Gold

    Ah yes, no belts to replace, yet another excuse for people not to maintain their vehicles. First it was lifetime fill transmission fluid, 10,000-15,000 mile oil changes, 100,000 mile tuneups and coolant changes, and now this.

    Okay, time to turn off the reality distortion field. I wouldn’t count on your Prius giving you 250,000 miles of uninterrupted reliability, especially since Toyota states the batteries are good for 150,000 miles (from the 2013 Prius brochure). Assuming you don’t defer any maintenance, perform some preventative maintenance (like oil changes at 7500 miles instead of 10,000 miles, transmission and coolant changes at 75,000 miles instead of 100,000+), you might be able to get away with just a $3000 battery swap at 150,000-180,000 miles as well a normal wear and tear items like brakes and tires. Also, while it may not have belts, the cooling system hasn’t eliminated the use of hoses. Those too have a limited lifespan.

    Speaking of batteries, the car’s conventional 12v battery will likely not last longer than 72 months, so that will also need to be replaced. BTW, if that battery dies, the car won’t start. Also, in the event of a breakdown (I know, unlikely, but it does happen), there are special precautions required to tow a Prius. Not all tow trucks carry a tow dolly.

    My point is that every vehicle has it’s pluses and minuses. The Prius gets great MPG, there’s no denying that, and that’s fine if all you care about is getting from point A to point B. In that case, it’s an appliance, no different than a toaster or a blender. If spirited driving is something you enjoy doing then there are other, non-hybrid options out there to consider, most available with a manual transmission.

  • pevesogyfu

    Another good thing about the Prius is that it’s dirt cheap to insure… With all the environment-friendly discounts, etc., I’m paying just $30/month to insure my Prius (from 4AutoInsuranceQuote)… Can’t complain!

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