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Below are the top 10 most economical compact cars based on combined MPG.

The compact class includes all types of powerplant. Hybrids are the most economical and fill the top 5 positions, followed by some thrifty European diesels, and finally 2 efficient gasoline cars finish off the list. Note the Chevrolet Volt's figures are calculated when running on gasoline. If run on electricity alone it manages a comparative 93 MPG!

The compacts offer a good compromise - they have more space and power than the subcompacts, which can be a bit impractical, yet they still have amazing fuel economy.

Economical Car Engine
City MPG
Hwy MPG
Combined
Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3L hybrid
40
45
42
Lexus CT200h 1.8L hybrid
43
40
42
Honda Insight 1.3L hybrid
40
43
41
Chevrolet Volt 1.4L hybrid
35
40
37
Lexus HS 250h 2.4L hybrid
35
34
35
Audi A3 2.0L diesel
30
42
34
Volkswagen Golf 2.0L diesel
30
42
34
Volkswagen Jetta 2.0L diesel
30
42
34
Mazda 2 1.5L gasoline
29
35
32
Kia Rio 1.6L gasoline
28
34
31

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Honda Civic Hybrid

The most economical compact is the Honda Civic Hybrid.

Its 1.3L four cylinder gasoline engine combines with a 15kW electric motor to provide 110 horsepower combined (approximately 20 hp coming from the electric motor). 120 V nickel-metal hydride batteries with a capacity of 6.0 Ah powers the electric motor.

Some of the Honda Civic's features to help reduce fuel consumption include cylinder shutdown (3 of its 4 cylinders are able to shut down during braking), continuously variable transmission, low rolling resistance tires and regenerative braking.