13 Best Gas Mileage Cars in 2022
Different cars are great for different reasons. Some are fantastic for their speed and maneuverability. Others might have extra storage space or horsepower for towing big loads behind you. Still, others have great fuel economy, offering top-tier gas mileage, so you pay less for every mile you drive.
That last concern is especially important if you need to rent a car for an extended road trip or regular commuting. With gas prices soaring, the most important consideration for car buyers and renters alike is not body style, front-wheel drive, or model year; it’s fuel economy.
There are tons of hybrid cars — like the Toyota Corolla Hybrid, Honda Civic, and new and used cars from Nissan and Chevrolet — to consider for great gas mileage. But how can you know which car is right for you?
Let’s take a look at the 13 best gas mileage cars in 2022, so you know what to rent when you show up at your local dealership. Our selections range from midsize to subcompact cars and come with standard features, like wireless connectivity and other benefits, so you can ride in style.
1. 2022 Honda Accord Hybrid
We’ll start off with Honda’s 2022 Accord Hybrid model. This car has an EPA rating between 47 and 48 mpg city/highway combined. This is partially thanks to the 212-horsepower, four-cylinder hybrid system that provides the vehicle with lots of power.
As a hybrid sedan, this vehicle is nimble, maneuverable, and can get up to 60 mph in about seven seconds. It also comes with further amenities, like an eight-inch touchscreen, twin USB ports, and wireless charging.
If you’re looking for more trunk storage, Honda offers a hatchback model of the 2022 Accord as well.
2. 2022 Honda Insight
The 2022 Honda Insight is eco-friendly and perfect for commuting, with 49 to 55 miles per gallon on the highway or in the city. While the engine is louder than average, this vehicle accelerates rapidly and produces a very smooth driving experience no matter where you happen to take it.
Since the battery pack has a low center of gravity, you can confidently maneuver on all sorts of roads even if you aren’t used to electric vehicles.
3. 2022 Toyota Prius
The 2022 model of the Toyota Prius offers excellent gas mileage: 53 mpg on the highway and 58 in the city, to be exact. With a big cargo area and plenty of interior space (over 50 cubic feet), the Prius is versatile, comfortable, and perfect for hauling people anywhere you might need. All of this in a small compact car package makes the 2022 Prius a formidable vehicle choice.
4. 2022 Hyundai Ioniq
The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq is arguably the most fuel-efficient gas-powered car you can find on the market today. It gets 58 miles per gallon in the city and 60 on the highway — you just can’t beat those numbers.
Should you buy or rent this vehicle, you’ll also appreciate its rapid highway acceleration, eight-inch touchscreen, and wireless smartphone integration.
5. 2022 Kia Niro
The 2022 Kia Niro is an efficient and versatile vehicle with gas mileage ranging between 46 and 51 miles per gallon on the highway or in the city. This is above average compared to similar SUVs.
But that’s not all the Niro has to offer. You’ll also enjoy the Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto features. There’s an eight-inch touchscreen with optional upgrades to a 10.25-inch touchscreen and an audio system with eight speakers in total. Smooth, efficient, and affordable, it’s a great rental vehicle through and through.
6. 2022 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid
The 2022 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid offers an average MPG of 54. This is partially due to its 1.6-L, four-cylinder gasoline engine plus its electric motor and combination powertrain. With 139 hp to offer, it’s perfect for commuting and for short trips out of the city.
Additionally, motor purists will love the manual transmission model of the 2022 Elantra. While many other cars on this list have phased into solely automatic transmission, the Elantra still offers both options.
7. 2022 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
Hyundai’s 2022 Sonata Hybrid averages over 50 mpg between the freeway and the city, which is about what you’d expect for a hybrid and electric car of this class. However, it’s a fan favorite in part because of its responsive steering and smooth operations. It also features a regenerative braking system to save on gas mileage even further.
8. 2022 Toyota Camry Hybrid
The 2022 Toyota Camry Hybrid offers about 52 miles per gallon on average. While not the best on the books, this rental vehicle is fairly cost-effective.
Plus, it certainly pulls out a lot of stops in terms of interior comfort. Quality seats, smartphone integration, and optional upgrades for wireless device charging make this a one-stop-shop for a variety of rental needs. It even provides pretty decent trunk space, totaling about 15 cubic feet.
9. 2022 Toyota Avalon Hybrid
Toyota’s 2022 Avalon Hybrid is a small but very effective vehicle, with gas mileage averaging about 43 miles per gallon whether you are on the freeway or in the city.
With a comfortable and luxurious interior and infotainment options available, the Avalon Hybrid offers a lot to like. It also comes with a nine-inch touchscreen, eight speakers for the sound system, and a whopping five USB ports for added electronic integration.
10. 2022 Toyota Venza
The Toyota Venza is a quality hybrid crossover with gas mileage of between 37 to 40 mpg on the highway and in the city, respectively. This is pretty great compared to other hybrid SUVs. The vehicle’s other elements, like an eight-inch touchscreen and high-quality, comfortable seats, make it a perfect pick for extended road trips or driving with family.
11. 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
Toyota’s RAV4 Hybrid is another high-quality hybrid SUV with gas mileage ranging between 38 miles per gallon and 41 miles per gallon on the highway and in the city. It can seat up to five people and has about 40 cubic feet of cargo room, making it perfect for off-road excursions and camping trips.
12. 2022 Ford Escape Hybrid
Ford’s 2022 Escape Hybrid is an electric SUV with great appeal. With fuel mileage ranging from 37 to 44 miles per gallon, it’s a versatile vehicle available in a plug-in hybrid variant. You’ll also enjoy the “infotainment” system that comes with the Escape Hybrid, including an eight-inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi hotspot, and smartphone integration capabilities.
13. 2022 Lexus UX 250h
The 2022 Lexus UX 250h is a blend between an electric SUV and a luxury hybrid vehicle, offering average gas mileage of 41 miles per gallon on the highway and 43 miles per gallon in the city. It comes with an all-wheel-drive and has an upscale, luxurious interior featuring synthetic leather upholstery.
Even better, this vehicle comes with driver assistance aids for even more focus on safety. As a result, it’s a top-tier family rental vehicle for extended excursions or long drives. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has even rated the 2022 Lexus UX as a top safety vehicle for its class.
Rent With Advantage Rent A Car Today
When it comes to renting a car with great gas mileage, you’ve got a lot of options. But not every rental agency offers quality hybrid vehicles — let alone fuel-efficient cars.
Advantage Rent-a-Car does. In fact, our diverse fleet is chock-full of high-quality vehicles with great gas mileage, including many of the above makes and models (and even some exotic cars).
If you want to go for a road trip or rent a car without spending too much on gas, contact Advantage today and ask for one of the best gas mileage cars we have to offer.
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