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These Used Cars Get the Best Gas Mileage

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Americans are feeling pain at the pump, as gas prices hit record highs of $4.33 per gallon in March. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has complicated the global fuel market. The U.S. and other nations banned imports of Russian oil to “deprive President Putin of the economic resources he uses to continue his needless war of choice,” according to the White House.

Oil prices have declined in recent days to less than $100 a barrel, and though consumers can expect some relief at the pump soon, that relief will likely be very slow coming. To save on gas, American drivers may be considering changing their vehicle. Compared to decades ago, vehicles are considerably more fuel efficient today, and even cars that have been around for five years can get a fuel efficiency of 30 miles per gallon or better.

To determine the 26 cars from five years ago that get the best gas mileage, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed an analysis from Cars.com on 2017 model year vehicles that get at least 30 miles per gallon, based on Environmental Protection Agency estimates. Median price figures also came from Cars.com and are for February 2022.

Not surprising, many of the most fuel-efficient cars are hybrids – though not all. Of the 26 vehicles on this list, 10 are gas-only cars, and even SUVs rank among the most fuel-efficient 2017 model year vehicles. Toyota and Honda have five vehicles apiece on the list, followed by Chevrolet with three.

In addition to offering savings on gas, these used vehicles generally offer significant discounts compared to newer models. Most of the cars on the list cost less than $25,000. However, due to supply issues, not all used vehicles offer savings compared to newer models. Here are 15 cars that cost more used than new.

Click here to see the cars from five years ago that get the best gas mileage

26. Buick Encore
> Combined fuel efficiency: 30 mpg
> Vehicle type: Gas only SUV
> Median price: $19,999

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25. Honda CR-V
> Combined fuel efficiency: 30 mpg
> Vehicle type: Gas only SUV
> Median price: $26,613

24. Lexus NX 300h
> Combined fuel efficiency: 31 mpg
> Vehicle type: Hybrid SUV
> Median price: $36,990

23. Honda HR-V
> Combined fuel efficiency: 31 mpg
> Vehicle type: Gas only SUV
> Median price: $21,745

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22. Mazda CX-3
> Combined fuel efficiency: 31 mpg
> Vehicle type: Gas only SUV
> Median price: $20,746

21. Subaru Impreza 5-Door
> Combined fuel efficiency: 31 mpg
> Vehicle type: Gas only SUV
> Median price: $20,000

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20. Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
> Combined fuel efficiency: 32 mpg
> Vehicle type: Plug-in Hybrid minivan
> Median price: $31,418

19. Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
> Combined fuel efficiency: 32 mpg
> Vehicle type: Hybrid SUV
> Median price: $28,000

18. Nissan Rogue Hybrid
> Combined fuel efficiency: 34 mpg
> Vehicle type: Hybrid SUV
> Median price: $24,499

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17. BMW i3 REX
> Combined fuel efficiency: 35 mpg
> Vehicle type: Plug-in Hybrid car
> Median price: $22,684

16. Honda Fit
> Combined fuel efficiency: 36 mpg
> Vehicle type: Gas only car
> Median price: $18,490

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15. Jaguar XE
> Combined fuel efficiency: 36 mpg
> Vehicle type: Gas only car
> Median price: $26,990

14. Honda Civic
> Combined fuel efficiency: 36 mpg
> Vehicle type: Gas only car
> Median price: $22,498

13. Chevrolet Cruze
> Combined fuel efficiency: 37 mpg
> Vehicle type: Gas only car
> Median price: $16,734

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12. Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid
> Combined fuel efficiency: 39 mpg
> Vehicle type: Plug-in Hybrid car
> Median price: $21,994

11. Mitsubishi Mirage
> Combined fuel efficiency: 39 mpg
> Vehicle type: Gas only car
> Median price: $12,998

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10. Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid
> Combined fuel efficiency: 40 mpg
> Vehicle type: Plug-in Hybrid car
> Median price: $23,990

9. Toyota Prius v
> Combined fuel efficiency: 41 mpg
> Vehicle type: Hybrid SUV
> Median price: $22,890

8. Chevrolet Volt
> Combined fuel efficiency: 42 mpg
> Vehicle type: Plug-in Hybrid car
> Median price: $21,103

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7. Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid
> Combined fuel efficiency: 46 mpg
> Vehicle type: Hybrid car
> Median price: $20,276

6. Honda Accord Hybrid
> Combined fuel efficiency: 48 mpg
> Vehicle type: Hybrid car
> Median price: $24,210

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5. Kia Niro
> Combined fuel efficiency: 50 mpg
> Vehicle type: Hybrid SUV
> Median price: $20,790

4. Toyota Prius
> Combined fuel efficiency: 52 mpg
> Vehicle type: Hybrid car
> Median price: $23,990

3. Toyota Prius Prime
> Combined fuel efficiency: 54 mpg
> Vehicle type: Plug-in Hybrid car
> Median price: $26,590

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2. Toyota Prius Eco
> Combined fuel efficiency: 56 mpg
> Vehicle type: Hybrid car
> Median price: $23,990

1. Hyundai Ioniq
> Combined fuel efficiency: 58 mpg
> Vehicle type: Hybrid car
> Median price: $18,990

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