Most fuel-efficient non-hybrid cars for 2014

December 19, 2013 10:01 AM

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Fuel economy gains aren’t limited to plug-ins and hybrids for the 2014 model year.

Fuel efficiency continues to be a selling point for car buyers and a point of emphasis by the government. The fuel economy targets set by the Corporate Average Fuel Economy(CAFE) for all light duty vehicles, which was enacted in 1975 and finalized in 2012, is 54.5 mpg by 2025.

Several of the fuel-efficient gas and diesel cars on our list exceed the 2016 CAFE target of 35.5 mpg.

The most fuel-efficient cars are plug-ins, which can get the equivalent of over 100 miles per gallon. But pure electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf and plug-in hybrids such as the Chevy Volt make up less than 1 percent of the 250 million autos sold in America. And some electrics such as the Chevy Spark EV, which topped our most fuel-efficient cars list for 2014 with an equivalent of 119 miles per gallon, are compliance cars limited to California and Oregon.

Now, using the updated fuel economy guide released by the Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) and Department of Energy(DOE), we identify the most fuel-efficient non-hybrids for 2014. And they’re not all compacts.


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