As tougher gas mileage standards get closer and closer to the mandate date of 2025, automakers are putting more high fuel mileage sedans in their lineup, and here are some you can purchase right now.
Take a look at five mid-size sedans that get at least 40 mpg today.
Imagine it’s 2025 and the full impact of tougher gas-mileage regulations has taken effect.
That year, it’s easy to buy a mid-size sedan–perhaps even something a bit larger–that returns 40 mpg in regular use.
Here’s the thing, though: For 2013, there are already a handful of sedans that do that.
We’ve recently tested a few hybrid sedans, and two of them–the 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid and the luxury 2013 Lexus ES 300h–showed 40.0 mpg (or a few tenths higher) on their dash displays.
We drove both on our usual test route, which is about two-thirds highway and one-third around-town usage.
And with better noise suppression than ever before, the cars mask the characteristic hybrid behavior—howling engine under hard acceleration–so well that some drivers may never know they’re actually powered not only by a combustion engine but by an electric motor as well.
Your mileage may vary, of course, but these are hardly exotic cars: They’re hybrid versions of high-volume sedans that sell in the tens of thousands every year.
The number of cars that do just that will grow in the years to come. Here’s our list of this year’s cars that get 40 mpg or higher.
(1) 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid: 47 mpg combined
(2) 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid: 45 mpg combined
(3) 2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE: 41 mpg combined
(4) 2013 Lexus ES 300h: 40 mpg combined
(5) 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid: 40 mpg combined