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Consumer Reports Best Fuel-Efficient Cars Under $35,000 to Buy Today

Consumer Reports lists the best fuel-efficient cars based on their fuel-economy test results of hybrid car models that possess strong Overall Scores from Consumer Reports’ vehicle rating system.

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It’s About Fuel Efficiency This Time

This past week, Consumer Reports analysts released their latest findings and recommendations of “The Best of…” and “The Most Reliable of…” categories focused on the new 2024 car models that includes hybrid vehicles, mid-sized SUVs, and even all-season tires (most of which are winter rated) to help shoppers find “performance with affordability” to fit their needs and wallet.

Related article: 10 Most Reliable 2024 Car Models and What They Will Cost You

Just added to their growing list of updated lists are the new 2024 hybrid car models with strong Overall Scores that CR analysts found are the best fuel-efficient cars you can buy today for less than $35,000!

Fuel Efficiency Testing

Using a precision flow meter over equal portions of city and highway miles rounded to the nearest gallon, CR analysts crunched the numbers and produced a list of multiple vehicles to choose from that they found to be the leaders under the lone category of fuel-efficient hybrids.

According to CR analysts:

“This list starts with the most efficient car, and it doesn’t include plug-in vehicles. And yes, all of the featured cars are hybrids…and achieved at least 33 mpg overall in our tests.”

In addition to the mileage, each vehicle is noted whether the following safety features come standard or are optional:

  • Automatic emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection.
  • AEB that works at highway speeds.
  • Blind spot warning (BSW).
  • Rear cross traffic warning (RCTW).

Best Fuel-Efficient Cars Under $35,000

That said, here is a summary of their recommended models with pricing, mileage, and safety features you can expect with each:

Hyundai Elantra Hybrid 2024

Price Range:  $24,550 - $29,150

CR MPG:  Overall 48 / City 40 / Hwy 55 mpg

#4 of 16 Compact cars

Safety Features: AEB with pedestrian detection, AEB highway, BSW, and RCTW are standard.

 

Toyota Corolla Hybrid 2024

Price Range:  $21,900 - $28,140

CR MPG:  Overall 48 / City 37 / Hwy 59 mpg

#7 of 16 Compact cars

Safety Features: AEB with pedestrian detection and AEB highway are standard, but both BSW and RCTW are optional.

 

Toyota Camry Hybrid 2024

Price Range:  $26,420 - $36,845

CR MPG:  Overall 47 / City 39 / Hwy 53 mpg

#1 of 11 Midsized cars

Safety Features: AEB with pedestrian detection and AEB highway are standard, but BSW and RCTW are optional.

 

Kia Niro 2024

Price Range:  $26,840 - $44,600

CR MPG:  Overall 45 / City 41 / Hwy 48 mpg

#2 of 16 Compact cars

Safety Features: AEB with pedestrian detection, AEB highway, BSW, and RCTW are standard.

 

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2024

Price Range:  $28,100 - $36,400

CR MPG:  Overall 44 / City 36 / Hwy 51 mpg

#9 of 11 Midsized cars

Safety Features: AEB with pedestrian detection, BSW, and RCTW are standard.

 

Honda Accord Hybrid 2024

Price Range:  $32,545 - $38,540

CR MPG:  Overall 40 / City 34 / Hwy 45 mpg

#2 of 11 Midsized cars

Safety Features: AEB with pedestrian detection, AEB highway, BSW, and RCTW are standard.

 

Toyota Corolla Hatchback 2024

Price Range:  $23,355 - $26,655

CR MPG:  Overall 36 / City 24 / Hwy 51 mpg

#9 of 16 Compact cars

Safety Features: AEB comes standard, but BSW and RCTW are optional.

 

Toyota Corolla 2024

Price Range:  $21,900 - $28,140

CR MPG:  Overall 36 / City 24 / Hwy 51 mpg

#5 of 16 Compact cars

Safety Features: AEB with pedestrian detection and AEB highway are standard, but BSW and RCTW are optional.

 

Mazda MX-5 Miata 2023

Price Range:  $28,050 - $38,950

CR MPG:  Overall 34 / City 25 / Hwy 42 mpg

#5 of 8 Sports cars 2-seat

Safety Features: AEB, BSW, and RCTW are standard

 

Honda Civic 2024

Price Range:  $23,950 - $44,795

CR MPG:  Overall 33 / City 23 / Hwy 44 mpg

#10 of 16 Compact cars

Safety Features: While AEB with pedestrian detection and AEB highway are standard, BSW and RCTW are available only on the top trims.

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 new reviews on many models.

And, for car enthusiasts or those interested in car maintenance, repair and care, be sure to look for future articles by this writer as I research the best instructional videos that show and tell what you need to know and do in order to properly take care of your car and save money at the same time. For example:

Timothy Boyer is an automotive reporter based in Cincinnati. Experienced with early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for improved performance. Follow Tim on  “Zen and the Art of DIY Car Repair” website, the Zen Mechanic blog and on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites  and Facebook for daily news and topics related to new and used cars and trucks.

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