February 11, 2014

Green Thinking

2014 most fuel-efficient minivans/vans

Fuel-efficient cars by body style

Choosing a new car? Weigh the impact of your choice on your wallet and on the planet. The following cars are ranked by city miles per gallon (MPG), followed by highway MPG based on the Environmental Protection Agency's Fuel Economy Guide for the 2014 model year. (For details of the testing, see the notes below.)


Rank Model MPG:
overall
MPG: city/hwy Annual fuel cost* Additional info
1 (tie) Ford Transit Connect Van 2WD Ford Transit Connect Van 2WD 25 22/30 $2,000 1.6 liter, 4 cylinder; automatic transmission
1 (tie) Ford Transit Connect Wagon FWD Ford Transit Connect Wagon FWD 25 22/29 $2,000 1.6 liter, 4 cylinder; automatic transmission
2 (tie) Nissan NV200 Cargo Van Nissan NV200 Cargo Van 24 2/25 $2,050 2.0 liter, 4 cylinder; continuously variable transmission
2 (tie) Mazda5 Mazda5 24 22/28 $2,050 2.5 liter, 4 cylinder; automatic transmission
5 Ford Transit Connect Wagon LWB FWD Ford Transit Connect Wagon LWB FWD 23 20/28 $2,150 2.5 liter, 4 cylinder; automatic transmission
6 Honda Odyssey Honda Odyssey 22 19/28 $2,250 3.5 liter, 6 cylinder; automatic transmission
7 (tie) Nissan Quest Nissan Quest 21 19.25 $2,350 3.5 liter, 6 cylinder; continuously variable transmission
7 (tie) Ram C/V Ram C/V 21 18/26 $2,350 3.6 liter, 6 cylinder; automatic transmission
7 (tie) Toyota Sienna 2WD Toyota Sienna 2WD 21 18/25 $2,350 3.5 liter, 6 cylinder; automatic transmission
10 Dodge Grand Caravan Dodge Grand Caravan 20 17/25 $2,500 3.6 liter, 6 cylinder; automatic transmission

Notes:

*Annual fuel cost estimates are based on the assumptions that you travel 15,000 miles per year (55 percent in the city and 45 percent on the highway). Fuel cost estimates listed here assume fuel costs $3.30 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline, $3.66 per gallon for premium gasoline, $3.87 for diesel and $.12/kWh for electricity. Visit www.fueleconomy.gov to calculate fuel costs based on current fuel prices and your driving habits.

Each model is allowed to appear on the list only once regardless of variations in its trim, options and/or specs. Lists are limited to 10 vehicles, with highway mileage as the tie-breaker.

Note that the models featured on the research pages linked here may have slight variations to the models specified in this list.

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