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Consumer Reports Recommends These Midsized Sedans Under $20,000 with the Best Fuel Economy

Here are the latest recommendations from Consumer Reports analysts for car shoppers looking for reliable and reasonably priced used midsized sedans that have the best fuel economy.


Fuel Efficient and Inexpensive

Today more than ever, fuel efficiency is a big selling point whether you are wanting to buy a new or used vehicle. In fact, lately we’ve been alerting readers to recent Consumer Reports lists on the most fuel-efficient compact SUVs and the best new car deals for 2022 sedans.

Today, however, those lists have expanded to include 5-year-old midsized sedans that CR analysts report are proven to be reliable and fuel-efficient that make for the best deals in terms of gas mileage and affordability in used midsized cars.

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That said, here is a summary of their list of the eight most fuel-efficient 5-year-old nonhybrid midsized sedans they recommend to help you find the deal you need today:

Midsized Sedans Under $20,000 With the Best Fuel Economy

1. 2017 Mazda 6
Price Range: $17,825 - $24,525
Owner Reported MPG: 30 mpg

2. 2017 Honda Accord
Price Range: $18,625 - $24,550
Owner Reported MPG: 28 mpg

3. 2017 Hyundai Sonata
Price Range: $15,400 - $22,375
Owner Reported MPG: 29 mpg

4. 2017 Kia Optima
Price Range: $16,525 - $22,600
Owner Reported MPG: 30 mpg

5. 2017 Volkswagen Passat
Price Range: $17,300 - $22,275
Owner Reported MPG: 30 mpg

6. 2017 Toyota Camry
Price Range: $19,000 - $22,975
Owner Reported MPG: 28 mpg

7. 2017 Subaru Legacy
Price Range: $18,850 - $23,700
Owner Reported MPG: 27 mpg

8. 2017 Ford Fusion
Price Range: $16,200 - $23,550
Owner Reported MPG: 25 mpg

For a more detailed breakdown of the data, please visit the CR website. Note that while access to some information requires a CR membership, the potential savings make it negligible in comparison when looking for the latest information to aid your car buying research.

And finally…

For more CR-related used car and product reviews, here is some useful information on buying used retread tires and what your options are for fixing a flat tire while on the road.

For additional articles about used car shopping, here is one you will want to read titled “Toyota Dealership Shows What Really Happens When Previously Owned Cars Are Inspected and Certified.”

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Timothy Boyer is a 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 vehicle news.

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