With numerous automakers in recent years having to adjust their mpg figures for being too high, it’s good to know some vehicles actually can exceed EPA estimates. On FuelEconomy.gov, the official U.S. government source for fuel economy information, the website allows vehicle owners to report their real-world mpg to see how it compares with what the EPA estimates. Rankings are determined based on fuel economy records provided by actual vehicle owners.
Electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles are omitted from the list, as are vehicles that have records from fewer than 10 drivers.Here are the Top 10 cars with the best real-world mpg according to actual owners.
1992-1995 Honda Civic VX Hatchback
Honda was focused on fuel economy before it was the cool thing to do. Coming in 10th place in the real-world mpg contest is the 1992-1995 Honda Civic VX hatchback, a popular model with tuners to this day. From the factory, it came equipped with a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine and when paired with a five-speed manual transmission, 43 owners report an impressive 47.4 mpg. That’s actually not too far off from the EPA estimated 43 mpg combined rating.