With gas prices spiraling out of control, shifting to fuel-efficient vehicles has become more important than ever. Though electric cars are clearly superior when it comes to saving on fuel, there are some thrifty gas-sipping alternatives as well.
In case you want to combat the skyrocketing gas prices without resorting to costly EVs and PHEVs, we have compiled this list of the most fuel-efficient gas-only and gas-electric hybrid vehicles that are on sale for the 2022 model year. You’ll find sedans, hatchbacks, SUVs, trucks, and even a few minivans on this list. So, let’s start.
Hyundai Ioniq – 59 mpg
With an astonishing combined mileage of 59 mpg, the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq (the Blue trim) is the most fuel-efficient gas hybrid in the world. Its 104-hp 1.6-L straight-four may not be too athletic, but it’s also not sluggish either.
The engine is paired with a 43-hp electric motor and 1.56-kWh battery to let you cruise up to 58 miles in the city and 60 miles on the highway for a single gallon of gas, at an average annual fuel cost of just $1,100.
Kia Niro – 50 mpg
Powered by a 1.6-L inline-four mated with an electric motor in a front-wheel drive configuration, the 2022 Kia Niro is rated at 139 horses and 195 pound-feet of torque. It’s a practical, well-equipped, and easy-to-drive family hauler with a long list of useful features.
Currently the most fuel-efficient hybrid SUV on the market, the Niro returns 53 miles per gallon in the city and 48 mpg on the highway. Only two hybrids – the Hyundai Ioniq and Toyota Prius – can surpass Niro’s incredible mileage. No other SUV even comes close!
Ford Maverick Hybrid – 37 mpg
An all-new pickup truck for 2022, the Ford Maverick comes standard with a hybrid drivetrain comprising a 2.5-L four-cylinder gasoline engine working with an electric motor to generate 191 horses at a mind-boggling fuel-efficient cost.
A single gallon of gas is enough to return an astonishing mileage of 37 miles, which is even more than some hybrid sedans and SUVs. The highway fuel economy, at 42 mpg, is even stellar. Though this compact hybrid pickup isn’t an insane off-roader, it has a smooth ride, stable handling, and immense practicality.
Toyota Sienna – 36 mpg
The 2022 Toyota Sienna is offered just with a hybrid powertrain. Though its acceleration may lag behind its non-hybrid rivals, when it comes to fuel economy, it has unrivaled efficiency in its class.
A single gallon of gas is enough to move this giant house-on-wheels along with its eight dwellers to up to 36 miles. The 2.5-L 4-cylinder engine paired with two electric motors emits 245 horses on the tarmac, ensuring satisfying performance with a lively acceleration.
Hyundai Elantra Hybrid – 54 mpg
The 2022 Elantra Hybrid isn’t short on looks. It also boasts a spacious, high-tech cabin with adequate legroom in both its rows. And with a total power output of 139 hp, enabled by its 1.6-L four-cylinder gas engine working with an electric motor, it’s not bad on performance either.
However, where it really stands out is its incredible fuel efficiency, which limits its average annual fuel cost to just $1,200. The Blue trim can be driven for up to 56 miles on the highway before you run out of a gallon of gas.
Toyota Prius – 56 mpg
While performance and agility might not be the highlight of the 2022 Toyota Prius, its hybrid powertrain features a smooth gas-electric transition and instant torque to make up for the 121-hp output.
The Prius has a large cabin area, a decent combo of soft and hard surfaces in the interior, and numerous active safety features. However, where it really stands out is the availability of an all-wheel drive version and an incredible fuel efficiency of 56 mpg, which translates to an annual fuel cost of just $1,150.
Lexus UX 250h – 42 mpg
The 2022 Lexus UX offers a lot of options in both gas-only and hybrid powertrains, all of which work with a continuously variable transmission. While the gas-powered trims use the front-wheel drive, the hybrid variations are offered with all-wheel drive.
Though all trims are equally luxurious, the UX250h is the most fuel-efficient in the entire lineup, delivering 42 miles of combined mileage for every gallon of gas. Powered by a 2.0-L inline-four mated with an electric motor, it produces a 139-hp power output and 195 pound-feet of torque, which is neither too much, nor too less.
Mitsubishi Mirage – 39 mpg
The 2022 Mitsubishi Mirage with the continuously variable automatic trim is the most fuel-efficient gas-powered car on the market. Though its 1.2-L three-cylinder engine can only manage a meager 78 hp, it delivers a mileage of 36 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway.
In addition to its gas-sipping powertrain, the Mirage is also one of the most affordable cars with a starting tag of just $16,125. Yes, we know it’s sluggish and offers tiny cargo space, but it’s cheap to buy, cheap to operate, and easy to park. What do you say now?
Honda Insight – 52 mpg
The 2022 Honda Insight has handsome looks, decent interior, balanced ride, and confident handling. The 151-hp output from its 1.5-L inline-four engine working with two electric motors allows for rapid acceleration, adequate for most riders.
However, its regenerative braking system and incredible fuel efficiency are the main highlights of this Japanese hybrid. With a combined mileage of 52 mpg, you just need to allocate $1,250 for fuel for an entire year.
Ram 1500 EcoDiesel – 26 mpg
The 2022 Ram 1500 is available in a lot of trims, but one with the 3.0-L V-6 turbo-diesel engine, known as the EcoDiesel trim, is the coolest of all. It offers a surprisingly great mileage of 26 mpg without losing any performance.
With 260-hp power output and 480 lb-ft of torque, the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is one of the most fuel-efficient full-size pickup trucks on the market. Besides its incredible capability, it’s also fairly luxurious and comfortable in its class.
Toyota Corolla Hybrid – 52 mpg
The Corolla Hybrid is the only car that can be better than a Corolla! Yes, it is a bit short on power, can do better with tech, and has a small trunk, but when it comes to reliability and ease of driving, no rival even comes close.
The 2022 Corolla Hybrid comes in a single LE trim, which returns 52 miles for every gallon of gas. It’s stylish, safe, and comes at a bargain price.
Ford Escape Hybrid – 41 mpg
With a stunning power output of 200 wild stallions, the 2022 Ford Escape Hybrid is a pretty capable hybrid SUV, with most of the power coming from a 2.5-L inline-four gas engine.
Though it’s not as spacious and well-handling as other rivals and has a bland interior, fuel efficiency is where it truly shines. With a remarkable mileage of 44 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway, it’s one of the most economical SUVs to operate today.
Hyundai Elantra – 37 mpg
Out of the entire 2022 Elantra lineup, the base SE is the most fuel-efficient trim, with a remarkable mileage of 33 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway.
Just like all other offerings for the 2022 model year, this 2.0-L four-cylinder too is a front-wheel drive working with a CVT. Though the power output of 147 horses is far from muscular, buyers can opt for higher trims, but at the cost of fuel economy.
Mitsubishi Mirage G4 – 37 mpg
Much like the hatchback version, the 2022 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 is a rudimentary car meant for basic transportation. Its 1.2-L three-cylinder engine can produce just 78 ponies, but you get a mileage of 35 mpg in the city and 45 mpg on the highway.
With a starting tag of $16,995, the Mirage G4 is the lowest-price sedan on this list and one of the most affordable cars overall. But its cheap price and fuel economy is arguably the only good thing about this car. A plasticky interior, cramped back seats, clumsy handling, and unresponsive steering are just a few reasons to avoid this car.
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid – 40 mpg
The 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is an affordable and reliable family hauler with a roomy cabin, large trunk, and a long list of standard safety features. It’s one of the most affordable and fuel-efficient hybrid SUVs, with a mileage of 40 mpg.
Thanks to an impressive output of 219 horses from a combo of 2.5-L four-cylinder gas engine and electric motors, the hybrid trim has a smoother powertrain with more horsepower than the standard RAV4, which is what makes it a compelling package and one of the best SUVs in its class.
Toyota Camry Hybrid – 52 mpg
The 2022 Camry Hybrid is a spacious and powerful midsize sedan that returns a fantastic value for money. Sure, it flaunts more plastic in its interior than it should and its steering isn’t that responsive, it’s absolutely quiet and has a seamless gas-electric transition.
The best thing about this midsize hybrid, besides its stellar fuel efficiency of 52 mpg, is that it has a stunning power output of 208 horses, which is more than what the non-hybrid version offers.
Honda Civic – 36 mpg
The 2022 Civic sedan is offered exclusively in front-wheel drive with a continuously variable automatic transmission. Users still have a lot of options to choose from, all of which offer a well-balanced ride with athletic handling.
Surprisingly, it’s not the base 158-hp, 2.0-L straight-four that returns the most fuel economy, but the mid-level EX trim with the more powerful 1.5-L turbo four-cylinder rated at 180 horses. A gallon of gas can haul you up to 42 miles on the highway safely, reliably, and in style.
GMC Sierra 1500 Duramax – 26 mpg
The Duramax trim of the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500, with its 3.0-L turbodiesel V-6 engine, boasts some serious fuel economy stats. A gallon of gas is sufficient to move this gigantic truck for 23 miles in the city and a whopping 30 miles on the highway.
Besides the stellar efficiency, the GMC Sierra 1500 Duramax is full of tech and interior niceties. It also has some pretty intense off-road capability for all kinds of weekend adventures.
Hyundai Accent – 36 mpg
Even though the 2022 Hyundai Accent has one of the cheapest price tags in its class, it looks anything but cheap. Fortunately, its dazzling styling continues into the interior and one can hardly guess they’re inside a car that costs just $17,740. It’s not upscale but is adequately equipped.
All trims offer a 1.6-L four-cylinder engine that works with CVT to produce up to 120 horses of power and deliver a combined mileage of 36 miles per gallon.
Lexus NX 350h – 39 mpg
Powered by a 2.5-L inline-four engine working in a hybrid, front-wheel drivetrain with a continuously variable automatic transmission, the 2022 Lexus NX 350h generates an impressive 240 horses and 167 lb-ft of torque.
The NX 350h has a lavish cabin comprising of all niceties you may expect from a luxury crossover, including heated seats and lots of leather. It’s also one of the most fuel-efficient SUVs and returns an impressive 39 miles for every gallon of gas.
Honda Accord Hybrid – 47 mpg
The 2022 Honda Accord Hybrid is identical to its non-hybrid sibling, except that it’s not a gas-guzzler and can be ridden for up to 47 miles for a gallon of gas. It means you drive in style, you get stunning performance, and you don’t burn a hole in your pocket.
An upscale cabin, roomy seats, responsive steering, agile handling, and a perfect 5-star safety rating from the NHTSA are just some of the reasons to buy this great hybrid sedan.
Toyota Corolla Hatchback – 35 mpg
Fueled by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, good for 168 horses and 151 lb-ft of torque, the SE CVT trim of the 2022 Toyota Corolla Hatchback gives 32 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway.
The Corolla Hatchback is a practical and nimble vehicle with an entertaining drive, a nicely-equipped interior, unbeatable reliability, top-notch safety ratings, and a long list of advanced features. The best thing is, it’s not short on looks either.
Kia Rio – 36 mpg
Just like the Hyundai Accent, this affordable South Korean subcompact comes standard with a 120-hp 1.6-L four-cylinder engine with CVT, delivering 33 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway.
With a bargain price of just $17,545, Kia offers a lot more to customers than it takes from them. Though the Rio has limited space in both the rear seat and trunk, it has a lot of things going for itself. Sophisticated driving, balanced ride, and well-equipped interior are just a few of them.
Toyota Venza – 39 mpg
The 2022 Toyota Venza is a stylish and fuel-efficient mid-size SUV. Though it’s a bit smaller than other rivals in its class, its all-wheel-drive, hybrid powertrain comprising a 2.5-L four-cylinder gas engine and three electric motors enables an impressive mileage of 39 mpg.
Besides the thrifty engine, the Venza has an amazingly quiet cabin with upscale materials all around. It has a balanced ride with quick acceleration and responsive steering as well as plenty of helpful diver-assist features.
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid – 47 mpg
The 2022 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has a stunning exterior, a premium interior, a responsive ride, a thrilling performance, and a remarkable value for money. It’s an affordable family hauler that ticks all the boxes, most notably the one that says fuel efficiency.
A single gallon of gas can let you cruise up to 47 mpg. The overall annual fuel costs for an average family would not exceed $1,400 when they make this flashy car their daily hauler.
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Duramax – 26 mpg
Since the Chevy Silverado 1500 shares its powertrain and a lot of other components with the GMC Sierra 1500, both trucks also have similar fuel economy ratings. The 3.0-L V-6 turbodiesel trim with rear-wheel drive is the most efficient in the lineup and offers a combined mileage of 26 mpg.
With a power output of 277 hp and a torque of 460 lb-ft, this full-size pickup truck packs the punch and can effortlessly tow up to 9,500 lbs of load.
Lexus ES Hybrid – 44 mpg
The 2022 Lexus ES is a luxury hybrid with enough power for all your needs. It packs a lot of features in its lavish, roomy, and ultra-comfortable cabin. It also has a gigantic trunk and a full suite of advanced assist systems.
Not that it matters to the people who can afford this luxurious sedan, the Lexus ES Hybrid delivers a great mileage of 44 mpg. Though hybrid technology in luxury cars is more about rapid acceleration than fuel efficiency, it never hurts to save on fuel.
Honda CR-V Hybrid – 38 mpg
The 2022 Honda CR-V has a thrifty drivetrain with decent power stats. A gallon of gas can get you 38 miles on this small SUV, limiting your annual fuel cost to just $1,650.
Though it has a smaller cargo area than most rivals, its main highlight is the satisfying performance it offers to the users. Not only is it quick, but it’s also extremely agile. You also get a lot of safety and driver-assist features.
Kia Carnival – 22 mpg
Powered by a 3.5-L six-cylinder gasoline engine, the 2022 Kia Carnival emits 290 horses on the tarmac in the smoothest manner possible, all while delivering a combined mileage of 22 mpg.
This grand family hauler boasts a lush interior, which is as spacious as any family could possibly need, with a number of practical features. If this minivan looks like an SUV, it’s not a coincidence – it’s exactly how Kia designed it to be.
Honda Civic Hatchback – 35 mpg
Though the Civic four-door sedan manages slightly better EPA figures in terms of fuel economy, the 2022 Civic Hatchback is counted among the most fuel-efficient hatchbacks out there. It’s one of the most stylish too!
Featuring a 1.5-L turbo inline-four with CVT, this sporty and nimble hatchback offers a fuel economy of 31 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. Besides the low running cost, it also offers an advanced ‘Honda Sensing’ safety suite that includes everything from traffic jam to lane keep assist and more.
Hyundai Tucson Hybrid – 38 mpg
Powered by a 1.6-L turbocharged inline-four engine that works in a hybrid, all-wheel drivetrain with a 6-speed automatic transmission, the 2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid is able to spit 220 horses on the tarmac, besides creating a stellar 258 lb-ft of torque.
One of the most fuel-efficient crossovers in its class, the Tucson Hybrid can go as far as 38 miles on a single gallon of gas. It has a decent interior, satisfying performance, and numerous high-tech offerings including Hyundai’s digital key app, which allows for remote lock/ unlock as well as remote start.
Chevrolet Spark – 33 mpg
While automakers are releasing bigger and bigger cars every year, luckily there are still some options for the folks who just want an affordable, compact, and easy-to-park car for everyday use. The 2022 Chevrolet Spark is one of them.
With an insanely cheap starting tag of $14,595, this small hatchback delivers way more than you expect it to. Its 1.4-L four-cylinder engine, rated at 98 horsepower and 94 lb-ft of torque, easily satisfies the needs of its target demographic. And then there is its remarkable fuel economy of 29/38/33 mpg for city, highway, and combined use.
Kia Sorento Hybrid – 37 mpg
The 2022 Kia Sorento Hybrid ticks all boxes you might want a perfect family hauler to tick. It’s safe, it’s reliable, it’s powerful, and it’s fuel-efficient!
Thanks to a hybrid drivetrain, powered mostly by a 1.6-L turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine working in an FWD configuration with 6-speed auto transmission, the Sorento Hybrid generates a 177-hp output along with 195 lb-ft of torque, all while returning 37 miles per every gallon of gas.
Ford F-150 Hybrid – 25 mpg
Out of all Ford F-150 trims, the one with the hybrid powertrain is the most powerful as well as the most fuel-efficient. A 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine works with a 35-kW electric motor to generate a behemoth power output of 400 horses and an astonishing 14,000-lb towing capacity.
Ford says the F-150 Hybrid can deliver up to 700 miles of range per tank and has enough battery juice to light up an entire house during a power outage.
Subaru Impreza Hatchback – 32 mpg
Featuring a standard all-wheel drive, the 2022 Subaru Impreza Hatchback is an incredibly fuel-efficient car, delivering a mileage of 28 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway.
Its 2.0-L inline-four engine is rated at 152 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque, which is an extraordinary power output in its class. This agile hatchback has quick steering and a balanced composure, which eventually makes it a compelling package with an affordable tag.
Toyota Highlander Hybrid – 36 mpg
With a combined mileage of 36 mpg, the 2022 Toyota Highlander Hybrid has one of the best fuel economies in the three-row SUV segment. With a five-star rating from NHTSA, it’s a safe and reliable vehicle, perfect for family use.
Though the third row is only comfortable for kids, the front two rows are quite spacious for adults. The 243-hp powertrain is more than enough for everyday riding and also for weekend family trips.
Mini Cooper Hardtop – 31 mpg
Available in two different engine options, both the 2-Door and 4-Door versions of the Mini Cooper Hardtop offer a stunning fuel economy, thanks to an efficient 1.5-L turbo inline-three engine working in a front-wheel drive.
Both the 2-Door and 4-Door versions return a mileage of 27 miles in the city and 37 miles on the highway for every gallon of gas, which is not bad considering the power output of 134 horses and the torque of 162 pound-feet.
Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel – 25 mpg
The 2022 Jeep Gladiator is an intensely rugged off-roader with virtually unmatched capability. Thanks to its sturdy solid-axle suspension, heavy-duty skid plates, and more than 11″ of ground clearance, no terrain is off-limits for this beast of a truck.
Powered by either a 3.6-L V6 or an upgraded 3.0-L turbodiesel V6, the Jeep Gladiator can effortlessly haul more than 7,000lbs. The upgraded EcoDiesel pickup delivers a combined economy of 25 mpg which is unbelievable when you consider the hardcore performance of this gigantic truck.
Nissan Kicks – 33 mpg
The four-cylinder engine used in the 2022 Kicks is far from being athletic, but when it comes to moving this subcompact SUV around town, it isn’t too sluggish either. This thrifty crossover has a pretty decent combined mileage at 33 miles per gallon.
Though the interior features a lot of hard plastic, the Kicks has an upscale design, spacious cabin, and tons of cargo space to make up for it. It also has insane maneuverability in narrow streets or parking spaces.
Toyota Avalon Hybrid – 44 mpg
The 2022 Toyota Avalon is a large hybrid sedan with a luxurious cabin and a formidable road presence. While not all of its trims are equally thrifty on fuel, the base XLE trim has a stellar combined mileage of 44 mpg.
With an estimated annual fuel cost of $1,450 for an average commuter, the Avalon Hybrid is the perfect ride for those who want to tackle the skyrocketing gas prices without losing style and comfort.