Kelley Blue Book names 10 favorite fuel sippers for Earth Day 2016

(April 20, 2016) IRVINE, Calif. — With Earth Day approaching, the experts at Kelley Blue Book compiled a helpful list of 40+ MPG Cars of 2016, then narrowed it down to a wide-ranging list of 10 favorites, including some all-electric cars, hybrids and even a new-for-2016 hydrogen-powered model.

"New-car shoppers may be surprised to learn that there are more than 30 new vehicles that achieve 40+ miles per gallon for 2016, including everything from a six-figure supercar to a sub-$14,000 hatchback, offering plenty of options for anyone interested in lowering their fuel costs, reducing their tailpipe emissions or both," said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book.

"With strict government-mandated Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) requirements impacting vehicle production, auto manufacturers are making stronger advancements each year in creating more environmentally friendly vehicles. Consumers in the market for an eco-friendly ride will be happy to learn there are tremendous options available in a variety of vehicle body styles and price points."

Kelley Blue Book's 10 Favorite Fuel Sippers of 2016

1.  2016 Toyota Prius
The Prius made the idea of a mainstream hybrid realistic, and helped change the way we look at cars. The all-new 2016 Prius is more enjoyable to drive, while at the same time boasting even more amazing fuel efficiency.
City/hwy/combined mpg: 54/50/52

2.  2016 Chevrolet Volt

The second-generation Volt is more efficient, more practical and just plain more appealing than its predecessor.
First 53 miles: 106 mpge combined
Next 367 miles: 42 mpg combined

3.  2016 Tesla Model S AWD - 70D
The celebrity of electrified personal transportation, the Model S appeals with an impressive mix of good looks, massive 17-inch touchscreen, jaw-dropping acceleration, everyday practicality and unmatched battery range.
City/hwy/combined mpge: 101/102/101
Range: 240 miles 


4.  2016 BMW i3
The futuristic and fun-to-drive BMW i3 is the most efficient car in the country according to EPA figures. It's even manufactured in an earth-friendly manner, in a plant powered completely by four wind turbines.
City/hwy/combined mpge: 137/111/124
Range: 81 miles

5.  2016 Volkswagen e-Golf
Combining the instant oomph of electric power with sharp handling and engaging European driving feel, the e-Golf delivers a unique mix of efficiency, affordability and fun.
City/hwy/combined mpge: 126/105/116
Range: 83 miles

6.  2016 Kia Soul Electric 
Packed to its tall roof with style and features, the gas-powered Kia Soul is a regular entry on our annual list of the 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000. Electric power raises the price, but makes the Soul even cooler.
City/hwy/combined mpge: 120/92/105
Range: 93 miles

7.  2016 BMW i8
The i8 is a 357-horsepower supercar that's also an eco-minded all-star. The stylish coupe rockets from 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds, yet can be driven on pure electric power with zero emissions. It's also the most expensive car on this list, with a starting sticker price of $140,700.
First 14 miles: 76 mpge combined
Next 316 miles: 28 mpg combined

8.  2016 Toyota Mirai

As clean as an electric car but quickly refillable like a gas-powered car, the hydrogen-powered Mirai is something of a best-of-both-worlds proposition. Availability is extremely limited – both the vehicle and the fuel -- but the otherwise practical, comfortable Mirai is a promising glimpse into a possible future.
Combined mpge: 67
Range per refill: 312 miles

9.  2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid
The famously reliable and well-rounded Toyota Camry is the best-selling car in the country year after year, and the sub-$30,000 Camry Hybrid adds a 41-mpg cherry on top.
City/hwy/combined mpg: 43/39/41

10.  2016 Ford Focus Electric
Like the traditionally powered Ford Focus compact car, the Focus Electric is simply more fun to drive than most of its competitors.
City/hwy/combined mpge: 110/99/105
Range: 76 miles