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Best Deals on the Most Fuel-Efficient Cars and SUVs Available Today Says Consumer Reports

Here’s the latest selection from Consumer Reports on what they found to be 10 models that are the best deals toward buying the most fuel-efficient cars based on overall fuel-economy test results, recent consumer car shopping data, and current MSRP pricing.

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It’s All About Fuel Efficiency...and the Market

With gasoline prices being what they have been this past summer at the pumps, new car and SUV shoppers are taking a closer look at vehicles that are not only reliable, but fuel-efficient as well without having to pay outrageously high prices that are commanding dealer lots today.

This week, Consumer Reports updated their tiered selection of fuel-efficient vehicles focused on cars and SUVs for economy in not only the mpg you can expect, but also to help consumers find their next car to fit their needs and wallet.

It’s as Good as it Gets Right Now
However, don’t expect to find any deep discounts anytime soon as CR analysts point out that their updated selections are “…as good as it gets” right now, and have identified fuel-efficient models that are currently selling between 4 and 7 percent ABOVE MSRP.

That said, here is a summary of CR’s latest list of multiple vehicles to choose from that are a mix of traditional cars, hybrids and EVs that they found to be the leaders popular with smart consumers today.

1. 2022 Lexus RX
Price Range: $45,920 - $58,110
CR MPG: Overall 29 / City 24 / Hwy 33 mpg
Rated #4 of 31 Luxury midsized sport-utility vehicles
Selected Model: 2022 Lexus RX 450h AWD
MSRP: $48,720
Average spent over MSRP: $1,816
Average transaction price: $50,536

2. 2022 Lexus UX
Price Range: $33,450 - $40,790
CR MPG: Overall 37 / City 32 / Hwy 42 mpg
Rated #3 of 13 Luxury entry-level sport-utility vehicles
Selected Model: 2022 Lexus UX 250h AWD
MSRP: $35,750
Average spent over MSRP: $1,531
Average transaction price: $37,281

3. 2022 Toyota Avalon
Price Range: $36,825 - $44,150
CR MPG: Overall 42 / City 32 / Hwy 52 mpg
Rated #1 of 5 Large cars
Selected Model: 2022 Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE
MSRP: $37,850
Average spent over MSRP: $1,845
Average transaction price: $39,695

4. 2022 Kia Niro Electric
Price Range: $39,090 - $44,650
CR MPGE: Overall 112 / City 123 / Hwy 102 mpge
Rated #1 of 49 Electric vehicles
Selected Model: 2022 Kia Niro EV EX Premium
MSRP: $44,650
Average spent over MSRP: $2,208
Average transaction price: $46,858

5. 2022 Ford Maverick
Price Range: $20,995 - $26,860
CR MPG: Overall 23 / City 16 / Hwy 32 mpg
Rated #2 of 11 Compact pickup trucks
Selected Model: 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat AWD
MSRP: $26,860
Average spent over MSRP: $1,456
Average transaction price: $28,316

6. 2022 Toyota Corolla
Price Range: $20,425 - $28,710
CR MPG: Overall 33 / City 23 / Hwy 45 mpg
Rated #5 of 12 Compact cars
Selected Model: 2022 Toyota Corolla LE CVT
MSRP: $20,875
Average spent over MSRP: $1,222
Average transaction price: $22,097

7. 2022 Lexus NX
Price Range: $38,350 - $57,400
CR MPG: Overall 38 / City 37 / Hwy 39 mpg
Rated #5 of 35 Luxury compact sport-utility vehicles
Selected Model: 2022 Lexus NX 350h AWD
MSRP: $41,550
Average spent over MSRP: $2,503
Average transaction price: $44,053

8. 2022 Toyota RAV4
Price Range: $26,975 - $38,075
CR MPG: Overall 37 / City 32 / Hwy 41 mpg
Rated #12 of 24 Compact sport-utility vehicles
Selected Model: 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE AWD
MSRP: $31,045
Average spent over MSRP: $2,022
Average transaction price: $33,067

9. 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E
Price Range: $43,895 - $61,995
CR MPGE: Overall 90 / City 96 / Hwy 84 mpge
Rated #4 of 35 Luxury compact sport-utility vehicles
Selected Model: 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E Premium AWD
MSRP: $51,800
Average spent over MSRP: $3,514
Average transaction price: $55,314

10. 2022 Nissan Leaf
Price Range: $27,400 - $37,400
CR MPGE: Overall 104 / City 114 / Hwy 94 mpge
Rated #6 of 49 Electric vehicles
Selected Model: 2022 Nissan Leaf SL Plus
MSRP: $37,400
Average spent over MSRP: $2,712
Average transaction price: $40,112

And finally…

If you want to learn more about the fuel-efficient vehicles listed above, be sure to use Torque News’ search option in the header above to find past articles and reviews on many models, both current and past.

For additional articles related to fuel-efficient vehicles, here are a few selected ones for your consideration:

New Hybrids That Will Save You the Most Money on Gas

10 Real Ways to Really Save Gas and Money

New Hybrids to Love, to Ignore, and to Avoid Advises Consumer Reports

COMING UP NEXT: Consumer Reports Most Discounted New Cars and Trucks Right Now

Timothy Boyer is Torque News automotive reporter based in Cincinnati. Experienced with early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for improved performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily new and used car news.

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