10 Most Fuel-Efficient “Luxury” Cars Of 2015


Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

Kelley Blue Book released its list of the “10 Most Fuel-Efficient Luxury Cars of 2015.”

Ranking is opened by BMW i3 (second year in a row in the # 1 spot), followed by Tesla Model S, Mercedes-Benz B-Class ED, Cadillac ELR and BMW i8. Plug-ins capture the entire Top 5.

Best hybrid is at 6th and with more plug-in models coming, next year plug-ins could take entireTop 10.

  1. 2015 BMW i3
  2. 2015 Tesla Model S
  3. 2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class
  4. 2014 Cadillac ELR
  5. 2015 BMW i8
  6. 2015 Lexus CT 200h
  7. 2016 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
  8. 2015 Lexus ES 300h
  9. 2015 BMW 328d
  10. 2016 Audi A3 TDI

About the winner:

“BMW’s i3 tops this list for the second year in a row. This electric 4-door’s design is modern and fresh, and truly stands out on the road. Not only is the i3 the most fuel-efficient luxury car, it’s the most fuel-efficient car, period. Adding a cure for anxiety is an available range-extending gas engine.

City/highway/combined mpge: 137/111/124
Range: 81 miles”

Source: Kelley Blue Book

Category: General

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21 responses to "10 Most Fuel-Efficient “Luxury” Cars Of 2015"
  1. Jim_NJ says:

    How on earth is the BMW i3 considered a ‘luxury car’? By price? Brand name? I drove my Chevy Volt to take a test drive of an i3, and the i3 drives like a go-cart compared to the Volt. That can be a good thing, but the herky-jerky ride is not what I would expect in a ‘luxury car’.

    I remember after my i3 test drive I got back in my Volt and had two thoughts: (1) “The Volt’s visibility sucks!” and (2) “The Volt is so much smoother and feels like a real car compared to the i3.”

    1. mr. M says:

      Good luck getting Bambus or alcantra leather installed in your Volt when you order. I think luxury is the difference between wood or plastic.

      Maybe the i3 was to bumpy for you. Most owners want that fast behaviour of the i3 like an M3 or M5. I agree the i3 is a very extravagant style and ride ^^

      1. acevolt says:

        What is Bambus, do you mean Brabus, the Mercedes tuner? That is not an i3 option. And Alcantara is the suede equivalent to vinyl, a polyester/polyurethane material that I wouldn’t necessarily equate to luxury. I don’t see that as an i3 option either.

        1. Goaterguy says:

          The i3 has the option of a bamboo (wood) accents in the interior. Correct, Alcantara is fake suede but it’s considered luxurious because it’s light weight.
          With the leap-forward level of refinement all electric cars bring to the market due to their inherent design, the traditional term of “luxury” could be redefined. Now, whenever I get in or drive an ICE vehicle, I can’t avoid being bothered by the roughness of the engine and how you have to wait until the engine revs to get in it’s power band instead of just having instant acceleration and torque. I always think of all the resources spent on research and development that brands like Rolls Royce have used to get into a level of quietness and refinement an electric car can give from day one.

    2. Speculawyer says:

      Yeah, the i3 is a decent car but hardly what one would call a ‘luxury’ car.

    3. Fleming says:

      +1 Jim_NJ

    4. Mikael says:

      Americans want numb and unresponsive steering, europeans want a responsive and active steering (in one massive generalization 😉 ).
      Personal preferences like that don’t really matter for a category like “luxury”.

      But to be honest, non of the 5 plug-ins in the list are really considered luxury. But it’s easier to write “luxury” than “with a pricetag above xx dollars”.

      1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        Neither the BMW i8 nor the Cadillac ELR are luxury cars?


        I think your luxury detection meter is broken. Very broken.

        I took a ride in a Tesla Model S just the other day. It certainly seemed like a luxury car to me!

  2. Dorkus Malorkus says:

    Wowwww… People can’t understand that they mean “cars from luxury marques”.


    One could also argue that every car is a luxury.

    1. Speculawyer says:

      So it would be OK if they picked the BMW Isetta?

      1. mr. M says:

        Yeah the isetta is cool!

        1. mr. M says:

          The isetta is the luxury version of the VW Käfer ( VW bug/ VW beetle???). Lol

    2. kubel says:

      Cadillac Cimarron

      1. Djoni says:

        Where’s my Leaf?
        This is the most luxury I bought for me.

  3. Roberto says:

    This list is RUBISH.
    Where is the Renault Zoe?
    It’s a million times more efficient than that crappy quad BMW

    1. Tim F. says:

      This list only covers models sold in the U.S. The Zoe is not.

  4. Is it an oxymoron that the top 3 vehicles on this “most fuel efficient” list do not burn fuel?

    2015 BMW i3 (BEv)
    2015 Tesla Model S
    2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class

    1. Mikael says:

      Well, they used some oil for the plastic parts at least…

    2. ModernMarvelFan says:

      It is “duh” instead of oxymoron…

      When you don’t use it which is the best case in terms of “using least amount” of it… The efficiency is calculated by travel distance per amount of fuel used… Zero fuel usage is infinite.

      Also, the list probably uses MPGe….

      1. Djoni says:

        And that stand as the Most Peculiar Gauging ever!

  5. Cath says:

    Tesla Model S is my top choice. Aside my the fact it’s fuel efficient, it has the best body frame. A mixture of a bit sporty and elegant.