10 best Used Cars / SUVs with good fuel economy

Updated: July 10, 2016

There are so many choices on the used car market. Some cars are known for expensive problems, while others are more reliable. Gas mileage and maintenance costs vary too. For this list, we picked several late-model used cars and SUVs that are not only good on gas, but have a good reputation for dependability and cost of maintenance.

Toyota Prius

2012 Toyota Prius

The Prius is a hybrid car. it has a 4-cylinder engine combined with an electric motor. Despite its advanced technology, the Prius is very reliable. Maintenance costs are low too. The Prius is roomy with ample head- and legroom. The EPA fuel economy estimate for 2012 Prius: 51/48 mpg or 4.6/4.9 liters/100 km (city/highway). No other gasoline or diesel-powered car can beat that.

Honda Civic

2012 Honda Civic

Honda Civic is the best all-around performer in the compact car category. It handles well and has a sporty comfortable ride. The high-tech interior with a digital speedometer is another plus. Reliability ratings are above average; maintenance costs are low. The fuel economy is rated at 28 mpg city, 39 mpg highway (8.4/6.0 liters/100 km).

Toyota Corolla

2012 Toyota Corolla

The Corolla is a popular compact sedan. It's known for its smooth ride and reliability. The interior is simple and comfortable. The Corolla holds its value well and is easy to sell.
The 2012 Corolla auto is rated at 26/34 mpg or 9.0/6.9 liters/100 km (city/highway)

Mazda 3 Skyactiv 2012-plus

2012 Mazda 3

Mazda 3 is sporty and fun to drive. It comes as a sedan or hatchback. The Skyactiv technology available from 2012 made it one of the leaders in fuel economy. Mazda 3 Skyactiv is reliable and easy to maintain. The interior quality is one of the best in its class. The EPA rates the 2012 Mazda 3 Skyactiv with an automatic transmission at 28/40 mpg or 8.4/5.9 liters/100 km (city/highway)

Toyota Camry (4-cylinder model)

2011 Toyota Camry

Toyota Camry is a dependable and very comfortable family sedan with smooth and quiet ride. The Camry offers plenty of rear-seat and cargo space. The low-maintenance 4-cylinder engine is very fuel-efficient, yet provides enough power for daily driving. The 2012 4-cylinder Camry with an automatic transmission gets 25/35 mpg or 9.4/6.7 liters/100 km (city/highway)

Honda Accord (4-cylinder model)

2009 Honda Accord

Sporty sharp looking family sedan, the Accord has a spacious interior, precise handling and firm ride. The Accord's selling points are its excellent low-maintenance 4-cylinder engine, good cargo space, fresh interior design and good reliability records. The EPA estimates for the 2012 Honda Accord automatic: 23/34 mpg or 10.2/6.9 liters/100 km (city/highway)

Subaru Outback 4-cylinder 2010-plus

2010 Subaru Outback

The 2010-2014 Outback is rated well for reliability. Crash test scores vary between 4 and 5 stars. The Outback comes with standard all-wheel drive and 4-cylinder or 6-cylinder horizontally-opposed "boxer" engine. The ride is comfortable and quiet. The 4-cylinder Outback is one of the most fuel-efficient SUVs with all-wheel drive. The EPA rates the 2012 4-cylinder automatic Outback at 22/29 mpg or 10.7/8.1 liters/100 km (city/highway)

Mazda CX-5

2013 Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5 comes as a front- or all-wheel drive. It's roomy, practical and stylish. It comes with a conventional automatic transmission and 2.0L or 2.5L 4-cylinder Skyactiv engine. The CX-5 is sporty and fun to drive, yet it's the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid SUV. The 2.0L 2013 FWD CX-5 is rated at 26/32 mpg or 9.0/7.4 liters/100 km (city/highway)

Toyota RAV4

2013 Toyota RAV4

The RAV4 is a practical sleek car-based SUV. It's easy to drive and maintain. The RAV4 comes as FWD or 4WD. The EPA estimates for the 2012 4-cylinder 4WD automatic model: 21/27 mpg or 11.2/8.7 liters/100 km (city/highway)

Honda CR-V

2009 Honda CR-V

Honda CR-V is a versatile, practical SUV with a 4-cylinder engine. It's dependable and can last long with proper maintenance. The interior quality is one of the best among small SUVs.
The EPA estimates for the 2012 4WD automatic model: 22/30 mpg or 10.7/7.8 liters/100 km (city/highway)

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