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 www.kbb.com, 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 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
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
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.