Honda Civic MPG Out Performs Window Sticker!

The Honda Civic LX showed the most difference in mpg from EPA ratings.


We’ve recently showed that most fuel-efficient cars can beat their EPA highway fuel economy estimates in Consumer Reports measured fuel economy testing. But if you want to hit 40 mpg on the highway, our tests show that you have more options than you might think.

Below is a list of recently tested vehicles that returned 40 mpg or better in our 65-mph highway fuel economy testing, but were officially rated for less.

Make & ModelEPA Highway MPGCR Highway MPGDifference (MPG)
Honda Civic LX39478
Honda Civic EX39434
Ford Fiesta SE sedan38456
Ford Focus SE38435
Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE38435
Fiat 500 Sport (manual)38424
Fiat 500C Pop (manual)38424
Nissan Versa SV sedan38402
Honda CR-Z EX (manual)37458
Ford Fiesta SES hatchback (manual)38424
Mini Cooper (manual)37414
BMW 335d36404
Ford Fusion Hybrid36404
Toyota Camry LE35416
Mazda2 Sport (manual)35405
Toyota Corolla LE34406
Scion xD (manual)33407
If getting that magic 40 mpg on the highway is important to you, this list provides more options.

Again, it’s important to emphasize that maximizing fuel economy depends a lot on how and where you drive.

Several years ago we measured fuel economy with a 2005 Toyota Camry four-cylinder sedan in different situations. Driving at 65 mph delivered 35 mpg; speeding up to 75 mph cut that to 30 mpg, while slowing down to 55 mph returned 40 mpg. Hard acceleration and braking reduced the Camry’s mileage by 2 to 3 mpg.

The bottom line

EPA highway fuel economy numbers provide a place to start your comparison shopping, but they’re often over-hyped as advertising claims. The full fuel picture is more complicated than that. We suggest using a variety of sources, including Consumer Reports test data, to determine if you’ll actually get the fuel economy you desire.