Top Vehicles MPG (US)
Gasoline cars, last 90 days...
1.2000 Chevrolet Metro 91.08
2.1998 Honda Civic DX Coupe64.33
3.2014 Mitsubishi Mirage DE59.4
4.2009 Honda Fit Sport57.04
5.2004 Saturn Ion 56.19
6.1990 Mazda Miata 52.8
7.1992 Honda Civic VX50.76
8.2005 honda civic lx48.74
9.1991 Geo Metro 3cyl/5sp48.07
10.2016 Nissan Versa SV Sedan47.93
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Highest MPG for a non-hybrid: Mitsubishi Mirage
Best non-hybrid MPG: 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage?
Mitsubishi says its new Mirage subcompact will get the best MPG of any non-hybrid: 44 mpg (US) highway, 37 city. (Some drivers are already beating that in various economy driving contests.) How? An efficient 1.2L, 3-cylinder engine, very light weight and aerodynamic design.
 
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Welcome to EcoModder.com, an automotive community where performance is judged by fuel economy rather than power and speed. EcoModders employ a combination of vehicle mods, driving techniques, and common sense to squeeze every penny out of the pumps. Reasons for becoming a member range from the economical to the ecological. More info about where EcoModding came from.
 
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Manual vs. automatic transmission MPG showdown: Nissan Micra 1.6L Manual vs. automatic transmission MPG showdown: Nissan Micra 1.6L

The Micra's official ratings are almost the same for the automatic and manual transmission. Yet the 5-speed can be much more efficient in the real world using just one simple ecodriving technique. Again we see the EPA handicaps manual transmission cars due to dictated, non-eco shift points during testing.

Started by MetroMPG in forum: Hypermiling / EcoDriver's Ed - 65 replies

Efficient, cheap beaters! Used car ads: 35 mpg highway or more for $1500 or less

People often sign up on the forum seeking advice on cheap, economical beaters. The purpose of this thread is to go beyond the hypothetical, and post actual ads of actual available cars. They're out there, people. (Our non-North American members should feel free to laugh at our concept of 'efficient' little cars.)

Started by MetroMPG in forum: For Sale - 816 replies
Efficient, cheap beaters! Used car ads: 35 mpg highway or more for $1500 or less

Notable eco-cars (old & new) spotted in the wild: post your pics! Notable eco-cars (old & new) spotted in the wild: post your pics!

Check out interesting and rare eco-cars that people have stumbled across, and share findings of your own!

Started by MetroMPG in forum: General Efficiency Discussion - 1254 replies

Aero RV (custom boat tail for '95 Ford E-350 Class C motorhome)

Orbywan says: "About a month ago I decided to build a boat tail for my 95 E-350 Ford 25 foot turbo diesel Class C motor home. I read the aerodynamics study NASA did at Dryden Air Force base back in the late 60’s on the squared off E-150 van about 20 times, as well as several other studies, drew up some plans and three weeks later and some serious sweat the prototype is done and tested." Initial results show about a 20% mpg improvement.

Started by orbywan in forum: Aerodynamics - 185 replies
Aero RV (custom boat tail for

You know you You know you're an ecomodder if/when...

One of the more popular threads on EcoModder, this is a lighthearted and tongue-in-cheek look at the many potential signs and symptoms that you may be more interested in fuel economy than the average person...

Started by Tango Charlie in forum: The Lounge - 2306 replies

Paul & Sabrina's cheap DIY 144v motor controller

A thread and project of epic proportions where Paul designs a DIY 144V DC electric motor controller.

Started by MPaulHolmes in forum: Open ReVolt: open source DC motor controller - 7308 replies
Paul & Sabrina

Aerocivic - how to drop your Cd from 0.31 to 0.17 Aerocivic - how to drop your Cd from 0.31 to 0.17

The first of its kind, the Aerocivic. This car has been pumping out hybrid smashing mileage for years now. VERY impressive build.

Started by basjoos in forum: Aerodynamics - 688 replies

Buy a trailer (instead of a pickup truck)

This is a thread for anyone thinking about getting a pickup truck as a first or second vehicle when adding a trailer to your car would do instead (and save you lots of fuel & money).

Started by oil pan 4 in forum: General Efficiency Discussion - 942 replies
Buy a trailer (instead of a pickup truck)

Drag reduction modifications in wind tunnel: Audi A2 from Cd 0.288 to 0.204 Drag reduction modifications in wind tunnel: Audi A2 from Cd 0.288 to 0.204


Started by Vekke in forum: Aerodynamics - 53 replies

1946 Chevy Prius Truck

Watch how member Hoopie is integrating a 2001 Prius platform & drivetrain into a 1946 Chevy Truck, with the goal of making the changes invisible to the casual observer.

Started by Hoopie in forum: Hybrids - 282 replies
1946 Chevy Prius Truck

How to properly test modifications (AKA: don How to properly test modifications (AKA: don't believe every MPG claim you read)

Here on EcoModder we see a lot of claims made about the effectiveness (or lack of effectiveness) of specific modifications. It's an understatement to say not all claims are made equal. It all depends on how rigorous the test is.

Started by MetroMPG in forum: EcoModding Central - 116 replies

Echo-Troll Modding Thread (2005 Toyota Echo)

Follow the progress of an extensive aeromodding project on a 2005 Toyota Echo 1.5L , 5-speed. EPA : 30 City \ 38 HWY \ 33 Combined MPG (US). Modified MPG: 60 to 75 MPG in a 4.3 mile commute \ 60 to 67 mpg on the highway.

Started by echo-francis in forum: EcoModding Central - 324 replies
Echo-Troll Modding Thread (2005 Toyota Echo)

Experiment: coast down distances (rolling resistance) @ various tire pressures Experiment: coast down distances (rolling resistance) @ various tire pressures

Increased air pressure reduces a tire's rolling resistance - but is more pressure always better? Coast-down distances are measured for three different kinds of tires, with pressures ranging from 20 through 70 psi.

Started by MetroMPG in forum: EcoModding Central - 116 replies

Have you ever given 1-on-1 ecodriving instruction? (Here's how I did it.)

MetroMPG walks us through his recent experience of teaching individual "non-hypermilers" about ecodriving. With just an hour-long session, each driver's results showed an immediate increase in fuel economy above their car's EPA ratings.

Started by MetroMPG in forum: Hypermiling / EcoDriver's Ed - 112 replies
Have you ever given 1-on-1 ecodriving instruction? (Here

Aerodynamic streamline template - online tool (view streamlined extension on any car) Aerodynamic streamline template - online tool (view streamlined extension on any car)

Member seifrob made an online tool that overlays a streamlined template on an image of any vehicle to visualize the "ideal" extended low drag shape. Very useful for anyone considering building a drag-reducing Kamm back, full boat tail, box cavity, spoiler, etc.

Started by seifrob in forum: Aerodynamics - 180 replies

Speed vs. MPG charts (post 'em if you got 'em)

The speed at which you choose to drive has the biggest impact on your highway fuel consumption. This fact is nicely demonstrated by this collection of graphs showing the relationship of MPH to MPG in a variety of vehicles, from a 55 hp Geo Metro to a 505 hp Corvette, and many others in between.

Started by bluejoey in forum: Hypermiling / EcoDriver's Ed - 179 replies
Speed vs. MPG charts (post

The AX Eco Project : 100 mpg target ! The AX Eco Project : 100 mpg target !

In the 90's, the super light Citroën AX diesel held a Guinness record as the most efficient production car available, capable of 65 mpg (US) at 56 mph (90 km/h). HypermilerAX's modifications have already improved this to 80 mpg (US) at 56 mph. Now he's aiming for 90 mpg to beat the 1994 "AX Eco" concept car, and is also eyeing a 100 mpg tank (2000 km).

Started by HypermilerAX in forum: EcoModding Central - 131 replies

Taller Tire Test (5.7% MPG increase observed on Honda CR-Z @ 55-65 MPH)

The purpose of the test was to determine whether larger diameter tires, which result in lower engine RPM and higher load for a given speed, can improve gas mileage. The test car has a 6-speed manual transmission. At highway speeds (55-65 MPH), the larger tires gave a 5.7% average increase in MPG. The engine ran about 200 RPM lower.

Started by SecondWind in forum: EcoModding Central - 72 replies
Taller Tire Test (5.7% MPG increase observed on Honda CR-Z @ 55-65 MPH)

Another truck aero cap idea... Another truck aero cap idea...

Follow the evolution of BamZipPow's aerodynamic cap for his 1998 Toyota T-100 pickup.

Started by BamZipPow in forum: Aerodynamics - 389 replies

CarBEN EV5 Full Sized Prototype Construction - 5 Seat Electric Car From Scratch

NeilBlanchard has begun the construction process to build the full-sized prototype of his aerodynamic 5-passenger electric car he's nicknamed "CarBEN EV5". The prototype is being assembled with rigid foam sheets cut on a CNC machine.

Started by NeilBlanchard in forum: DIY / How-to - 732 replies
CarBEN EV5 Full Sized Prototype Construction - 5 Seat Electric Car From Scratch


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