Every year we see the price of gasoline have dramatic fluctuations. One week you’re paying $3 to $4 and in some places even $5 to $6. Whatever the gas may be, it’s one of the biggest reasons we look for cars with the best gas mileage. After all, if you can fill up the tank for $50 and get 500 to 600 miles, the actual cost is a lot less over the long run.
For instance, a 2007 BMW 525i has a 17.210 gallon tank, and at the most expense times of the year; it costs about $57 for a full tank. On average you get around 536 miles, which translates into about 31 miles per gallon. Unfortunately, when it was brand new, the car cost about $35,000, which most of us can’t afford.
Even though this is a great vehicle, we found plenty of others that offer huge mpg, and they won’t cost you near as much money to purchase. Plus, some of these vehicles don’t fully run on regular fuel.
2015 Ford Focus Electric
Ok, we cheated a little bit when we found the 2015 Ford Focus Electric car. You can avoid the gas stations altogether, and we can do a couple better; forget the oil and CO2 as well. Instead you simply charge it with a 120V convenience charge cord or a 240V charge at home.
Standard features include everything from a 23 kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery to the SmartGauge. The SmartGauge offers an EcoGuide, which allows you to see in real-time, how beneficial your driving will be on a financial level. In addition, the 2015 Ford Focus Electric offers owners the ability to recharge as you drive.
How does it work? Well, anytime you press the brakes in a regular vehicle, it tends to lose energy. When you press the brakes in the Ford Focus Electric, around ninety percent of the energy goes back to the battery. This energy is then stored so it can be used later. It’s a huge benefit, especially if you’re looking for something that offers great gas mileage.
2015 Toyota Prius
There are several Prius versions in the 2015 class, but we wanted to stick with the original choice. The 2015 Toyota Prius offers 51 miles per gallon on the highway and 48 mpg in the city. It’s definitely not a “get-up-and-go” car at a whopping 134 horsepower, but it does offer plenty of other benefits. [Read more…]