Combined 38 mpg
The Acura ILX barely made our list. Why? According to our calculations, the ILX hybrid's combined 38 mpg just made the minimum average requirement for compact and mid-sized sedans in 2025. Expect Honda to improve fuel economy of the ILX in the future to match its mechanical twin Honda Civic hybrid which currently gets a combined mpg figure of 44 mpg. Of course, the Acura ILX is a bit more luxurious than its more mundane sibling. We reviewed it earlier this year and found the ILX to be quite comfortable, with a smooth and compliant ride. Hopefully the Acura ILX Hybrid's braking will also feel the same way by 2025.
Combined 98 MPGe, 37 mpg
What can we say that hasn't been said about the Chevrolet Volt? As we mentioned in our review of the 2012 model, there's no real competitor to this compact hatchback yet, which can travel up to 40 miles on pure electric power before the tiny 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine kicks in to recharge the battery, extending the vehicle's range for an additional 300 miles. Stay within that 40 mile range and recharge nightly, and you may never need to refuel on gas for months. Yet you want to take a long road trip with nary a recharger in sight? Not a problem for the Volt, which will happily run on (premium) fuel. Best of both worlds.
Combined 47 mpg
The 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid, the heir apparent to the prior-generation Ford Escape hybrid, already trumps the EPA-estimated mpg for small SUVs by 2025. As we also discovered in our time in the C-MAX, Ford's offering beat competitor and nominal segment champ Toyota Prius V in virtually every possible way, from range -- more than 550 miles per tank -- to comfort. It's also good-looking, too. Could Ford one day beat Toyota at its own game in fuel efficient vehicles? Ask us again in 2025.
Combined 47 mpg
47/47/47. That's the mantra Ford's been saying for months about the all-new 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid. 47 mpg city, 47 mpg highway, 47...well, combined average mpg. We've driven both the 2013 model as well as the last-gen version, and the difference is night and day. This includes the 2013 Fusion's price tag, which easily breaks $40,000, though that's for the top-of-the-line Fusion Titanium model.
Combined 42 mpg
Sexy. Gas sipper. Oh, and slow. All these words describe the Lexus CT200h, which easily makes the EPA mpg range of 42 to 48 mpg for 2025. This handsome hatch has folks turning heads as it cruises down the boulevard, though car enthusiasts looking for serious racer rockets need to go elsewhere. That's okay; the Lexus CT200h will just pass them by at the pump. Again and again.
Combined 41 mpg
Toyota made sure its best-selling Camry sedan and its mechanically identical twin, the Lexus ES 300h, are more than ready to meet CAFE regulations in 2025. The sedans currently get 41 mpg and 40 mpg, respectively, for their combined mpg. Those figures easily meet the future EPA figures for midsized sedans, which range between 38 and 43 mpg. We found the 2012 Camry much more contemporary than its predecessor in looks and handling. The 2013 Lexus ES 300h builds on the Camry's newfound road prowess, though we did find the power steering softer in our first drive than expected.
Combined 50 mpg
Toyota popularized the hybrid car here in the states and increasingly around the world. Thus, it's not surprising the entry-level Toyota Prius c easily meets the future EPA combined mpg range of 42 to 48 mpg. Heck, it beats the estimation. The Prius c, as we found out in our drive, also showcases the evolution of the Prius lineup with a more distinctive appearance than its larger siblings, as well as more sporty with driving characteristics made possible by its stiffer suspension.
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