The Best Selling Cars And Trucks In America, Ordered By Fuel Efficiency

@019 Toyota Camry. Hybrid car.
2019 Toyota Camry hybrid. Image credit: Kompulsa.

The best selling vehicles in America (for 2018) are a fairly balanced mixture of sedans, crossovers, and pickup trucks. The Ford F-Series pickup trucks led sales at 451,138 units, followed by the Chevy Silverado family at 291,074 units.

Let’s take a look at the fuel economy range of each of these popular vehicles, ordered by the MPG rating of the most efficient model in each of their product lines. Why? Considering how popular these vehicles are, there’s a considerable chance you might want one too! So this perspective may be helpful.

Note: The displacement figures provided are not an indicator of engine power output (horsepower is the figure you need for that), but a measure of cylinder volume.

The displacement figures are provided to show the correlation between displacement and fuel economy, and to be fair to each car listed. Also, not all models from each family are listed on this page.

E85 fuel economy figures are not included in this list and models are powered by different fuels and transmission types (some premium gasoline, some regular, Diesel, manual vs automatic transmissions, etc).

The Diesel models do often achieve higher MPG ratings. Vehicles with higher displacement ratings also tend to have lower MPG ratings (in other words, bigger engines burn more gas). If you are outside of the U.S., the MPG figures herein do not apply to you. These figures were done on the U.S. EPA test cycle.

MPG figures obtained with thanks from the U.S. Department of Energy.

The following are 2018 models.

All MPG ratings are combined.

1. Toyota Camry (including hybrids) – 52 MPG

Thanks to the hybrid, the Toyota Camry line tops this list. If you want to go on long road trips or you’re looking to the future and want to pollute less/are serious about fuel conservation, this Camry surely takes the cake.

2018 Toyota Camry MPG range: 26 to 34 MPG combined for the non-hybrid models.

The Camry hybrid MPG ranges from 46 to 52 MPG combined, depending on the model.

2018 Toyota Camry Displacement: 2.5L to 3.5L.

2. Honda Civic (no hybrids) – 36 MPG

The Honda Civic sedan is no stranger to fuel efficiency accolades, being one of the most fuel-efficient cars on the market, with or without hybrids in its product line.

2018 Honda Civic MPG: It ranges from 25 to 36 MPG combined, depending on the model.

2018 Honda Civic Displacement: 1.5L to 2.0L, depending on the model.

3. Toyota Corolla (no hybrids) – 34 MPG

The Toyota Corolla sedan is not just known for its reliability, it’s also revered for its competitive fuel efficiency. It’s an all-around superb economy car.

2018 Toyota Corolla MPG: This ranges from 30 to 34 MPG combined, depending on the model.

Displacement: 1.8L.

4. Nissan Rogue (including hybrids) – 34 MPG

The Nissan Rogue is a compact crossover that strikes a nice balance between economy and utility. It comes through when you need to carry around your sporting equipment or other items that are a little too big for your sedan, but is still easy on your gas bill.

2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid MPG: It ranges from 33 to 34 MPG combined, depending on the model.

Displacement: 2.0L.

5. Chevrolet Equinox (no hybrids) – 32 MPG

The Chevy Equinox is a compact SUV with 63.5 cubic feet of maximum cargo volume, and reasonable fuel efficiency, helping you to strike that balance between getting the extra cargo room you need, and saving fuel.

2018 Chevy Equinox MPG: It ranges from 24 to 32 MPG combined, depending on the model.

6. Toyota RAV4 (including the hybrid) – 32 MPG

The Toyota RAV4 product line has long been striking that delicate balance between fuel efficiency and utility. The hybrid in the RAv4 lineup has brought it’s MPG range up to 32MPG.

2018 RAV4 MPG: It ranges from 24 to 26 MPG combined, depending on the model.

2018 RAV4 Displacement: 2.5L.

Displacement for the hybrid: 2.0L (hybrids require less displacement, because there is an electric motor providing additional power).

7. Honda CR-V (no hybrids) – 30 MPG

2018 Honda CR-V MPG: It ranges from 27 to 30 MPG, depending on the model.

2018 Honda CR-V Displacement: 1.5L to 2.4L.

8. Ford F-Series (details are for the F-150) – 25 MPG.

Thanks to the 3.0 L, 6 cylinder, Turbo Diesel model, the 2018 Ford F-150‘s fuel economy range goes up to an acceptable 25 MPG. As you’ll see from here going on down, pickup trucks tend to burn significantly more gas than sedans and small SUVs.

2018 Ford F-150 MPG: It ranges from 16 to 25 MPG combined (including both the Diesel and gasoline models).

2018 Ford F-150 Displacement: 2.7L to 5L.

9. RAM Pickup (RAM 1500, no hybrids) – 23 MPG

2018 RAM 1500 MPG: It ranges from 14 to 23 MPG combined, depending on model/configuration.

2018 RAM 1500 Displacement: 3.0L to 5.7L.

10. Chevy Silverado (hybrids included) – 20 MPG

2018 Chevrolet Silverado MPG: It ranges from 17 to 20 MPG combined, depending on the model.

2018 Chevy Silverado Displacement: 4.3 to 6.2L (the bigger engine explains the lower MPG).