Kelley Blue Books Says Prius Is #1 Fuel Sipper For 2016 – Volt/Model S Next In Line


2017 Volt In Citron Green Metallic

2017 Volt In Citron Green Metallic

Awhile back, Kelley Blue Book (KBB) named its “10 Favorite Fuel Sippers” for 2016.

Before looking at which cars made the list, here’s the selection criteria, as laid out by KBB:

“…the experts at Kelley Blue Book, the vehicle valuation and information source trusted and relied upon by both consumers and the automotive industry, compiled a helpful list of 40+ MPG Cars of 2016, then narrowed it down to a wide-ranging list of 10 favorites, including some all-electric cars, hybrids and even a new-for-2016 hydrogen-powered model.”

And here’s Kelley Blue Book’s 10 Favorite Fuel Sippers of 2016:

1. 2016 Toyota Prius
The Prius made the idea of a mainstream hybrid realistic, and helped change the way we look at cars. The all-new 2016 Prius is more enjoyable to drive, while at the same time boasting even more amazing fuel efficiency.
City/hwy/combined mpg: 54/50/52

2. 2016 Chevrolet Volt
The second-generation Volt is more efficient, more practical and just plain more appealing than its predecessor.
First 53 miles: 106 mpge combined
Next 367 miles: 42 mpg combined

Tesla Modle S

Tesla Modee S

3. 2016 Tesla Model S AWD – 70D
The celebrity of electrified personal transportation, the Model S appeals with an impressive mix of good looks, massive 17-inch touchscreen, jaw-dropping acceleration, everyday practicality and unmatched battery range.
City/hwy/combined mpge: 101/102/101
Range: 240 miles

4. 2016 BMW i3
The futuristic and fun-to-drive BMW i3 is the most efficient car in the country according to EPA figures. It’s even manufactured in an earth-friendly manner, in a plant powered completely by four wind turbines.
City/hwy/combined mpge: 137/111/124
Range: 81 miles

5. 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf
Combining the instant oomph of electric power with sharp handling and engaging European driving feel, the e-Golf delivers a unique mix of efficiency, affordability and fun.
City/hwy/combined mpge: 126/105/116
Range: 83 miles

6. 2016 Kia Soul Electric
Packed to its tall roof with style and features, the gas-powered Kia Soul is a regular entry on our annual list of the 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000. Electric power raises the price, but makes the Soul even cooler.
City/hwy/combined mpge: 120/92/105
Range: 93 miles

BMW i8 - Not Really A Fuel Sipper

BMW i8 – Not Really A Fuel Sipper

7. 2016 BMW i8
The i8 is a 357-horsepower supercar that’s also an eco-minded all-star. The stylish coupe rockets from 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds, yet can be driven on pure electric power with zero emissions. It’s also the most expensive car on this list, with a starting sticker price of $140,700.
First 14 miles: 76 mpge combined
Next 316 miles: 28 mpg combined

8. 2016 Toyota Mirai
As clean as an electric car but quickly refillable like a gas-powered car, the hydrogen-powered Mirai is something of a best-of-both-worlds proposition. Availability is extremely limited – both the vehicle and the fuel — but the otherwise practical, comfortable Mirai is a promising glimpse into a possible future.
Combined mpge: 67
Range per refill: 312 miles

9. 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid
The famously reliable and well-rounded Toyota Camry is the best-selling car in the country year after year, and the sub-$30,000 Camry Hybrid adds a 41-mpg cherry on top.
City/hwy/combined mpg: 43/39/41

2015 Ford Focus Electric

2015 Ford Focus Electric

10. 2016 Ford Focus Electric
Like the traditionally powered Ford Focus compact car, the Focus Electric is simply more fun to drive than most of its competitors.
City/hwy/combined mpge: 110/99/105
Range: 76 miles

Can’t say we’re pleased with the Prius ranking number 1, given that it doesn’t plug in, (but then again it may have something to do with the volume the Prius sells and its overall impact?  We don’t know…just throwing it out there.)

There are a few other curious placements as well, including the expensive and not at all fuel-sipping BMW i8, the hydrogen Mirai, and the conventional hybrid Camry.

Oddly omitted from the list is the Nissan LEAF and no Model X either?

Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book, stated:

“New-car shoppers may be surprised to learn that there are more than 30 new vehicles that achieve 40+ miles per gallon for 2016, including everything from a six-figure supercar to a sub-$14,000 hatchback, offering plenty of options for anyone interested in lowering their fuel costs, reducing their tailpipe emissions or both.

With strict government-mandated Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) requirements impacting vehicle production, auto manufacturers are making stronger advancements each year in creating more environmentally friendly vehicles. Consumers in the market for an eco-friendly ride will be happy to learn there are tremendous options available in a variety of vehicle body styles and price points.”

Regardless of what Nerad says, we think at this point the list should only include electric cars, or if there is a requirement to use some amount of liquid fuel, only plug-in hybrid vehicles.   There are more than 10 of which could easily take up all of the spots on the top 10, thus eliminating the non plug-ins from the spotlight.

Source: KBB

Category: Chevrolet, Tesla, Toyota

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23 responses to "Kelley Blue Books Says Prius Is #1 Fuel Sipper For 2016 – Volt/Model S Next In Line"
  1. hill says:

    Japan plans on reforming the Mirai’s hydrogen from Australian coal, just to make hydrogen production barely ‘outrageous’ in cost. Then there’s that need to tax enough to build hydrogen stations nationwide … A cool trillion or more – for a car not even manufactured here. Smells like insideevs knows whose buttering their bread sad to say

    1. AlphaEdge says:

      Sometimes wonder about you anti-hydrogen zealots. They listed so many excellent EV’s here, and you think the whole article is about the Mirai. Love the cyncism directed at insideevs. A site that’s as pro-EV as you can get.

    2. Nemo says:

      This is KBB’s list, not InsideEVs’.

      1. mr. M says:

        site still free to own

      2. Nemo says:

        Really no idea what your point is.

  2. Ambulator says:

    The only requirement seems to be that they all get over 40 mpg. It doesn’t need to reflect our interests.

    1. AlphaEdge says:

      I think price and sales numbers were probably factors.

      1. SparkEV says:

        SparkEV sold far more than Mirai and priced one fourth that. If sales and pricing were factors, SparkEV should be above Mirai.

        This is yet another BS list by some clueless gas car reviewer, kind of like AAA ranking Tesla as greenest car. They’re too lazy to do any research, so they just throw in random headlines they find.

        If this is true gas-sipper list, either remove all cars that don’t even sip (ie, BEV, FCEV) and rank Volt as top followed by other PH, or entire list would be composed of BEV, starting with i3, SparkEV, … and mirror my green car list.

        1. Terawatt says:

          Totally agree. The list cannot be based on any objective criteria and appears as nonsensical. Even worse than the Spark omission is the LEAF omission; it is after all the most sold EV in the world (even if that looks likely to be an honor soon going to an affordable Tesla).

          1. SparkEV says:

            I use SparkEV as an example of even limited availability “compliance car” would do better than Mirai. But you are absolutely correct. While missing SparkEV can be excusable at times, if any “green” or “fuel sip” list is missing Leaf, that’s a dead giveaway that the list is total crock of sh*t.

  3. Kdawg says:

    The Mirai and a Camry hybrid were on the list, WTh?

    If we are allowing a Camry, then why not the Malibu hybrid that sips less fuel?

  4. Terawatt says:

    The list seems to use random criteria. How else to explain the Prius and Mirai making the list, but not the Leaf?!?

    It’s hinted that volume could be the reason, but then Mirai couldn’t possibly make the list. And it’s not efficiency, because then Prius (or Mirai for that matter) couldn’t make the list.

    Anyone who lists a hydrogen scam-cell crap as a top green car, while at the same time saying its 60 MPGe (versus over 100 for *any* BEV models), is not merely incompetent but clearly dishonest. The list therefore doesn’t even deserve a mention here on insideevs.

    1. Rick Danger says:


    2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Terawatt said:

      “The list therefore doesn’t even deserve a mention here on insideevs.”

      Completely agree. If InsideEVs was gonna give this coverage, it should have been only to point out how clueless Kelley Blue Book appears when it comes to comparing “green” cars.

      And yeah, what’s the deal with leaving out the Leaf? That’s just bizarre. Does Kelley have an axe to grind against Nissan?

    3. sven says:

      Terawatt said:
      “The list seems to use random criteria. How else to explain the Prius and Mirai making the list, but not the Leaf?!?

      Maybe it’s based on looks, like a beauty pageant.

  5. Koenigsegg says:

    Volt has 50+ miles of EV range.

    that is better than any MPG of gas because gas will not be used if you dont run out of electric.

  6. Dave says:

    What a bulls*** list… bought and paid for by anyone that wants to front the money, e.g. Toyota. To say the Mirai fills up as fast as a gasoline car is just plain lying, it takes up to half an hour. I hope that lie doesn’t become a popular misconception… you just know Toyota’s marketing division is working hard to achieve that.

  7. Rick Bronson says:

    We can agree Prius being #1 since more than 5 million units were sold, but how can Volt be #2.

    Tesla is 100 % electric and can cut down Oil production by 100 %. Both Volt and Tesla’s are sold in the same #, around 110,000 vehicles so Tesla should be #2.

    And why is the Leaf missing. With 220,000 sales that should be #3.

    Overall its a very biased report.

    1. Foo says:

      Probably cause the Leaf is an awful boat of a car to drive.

  8. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    Seriously, Kelly Blue Book is comparing a car which gets 100% of its miles from burning gasoline… the (non plug-in) Toyota Prius… to the Tesla Model S, the BMW i3 (not the REx version), the Volkswagon e-Golf, the Kia Soul Electric, and the Ford Focus Electric… all of which get 0% of their miles from gasoline/diesel?

    Bad form, Kelley. Bad form indeed. 🙁

  9. Bloggin says:

    Zero gas beats Less gas.

    The ability to drive a Volt or Model S every day using Zero gasoline wins every day.

    And the ability to refuel/charge at home(with the ability to charge via solar)is a double win.

  10. Amazingly, it seems Toyota has a LOT of great “over 40 mpg” cars (three in this list) and some manufacturers like Nissan must have zero.

    In case nobody noticed, almost all automotive “green advertising”, comparisons, advertising, etc, like to use the word Tesla now to give their product, list, article, whatever, some credibility. Tesla definitely doesn’t pay for that.

    The above is the “Tesla” of posts on this issue.

  11. Scramjett says:

    I call shenanigans on KBB!