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

Hybrids dominate the leader board. Surprisingly there aren't any diesel engines in this size category, which are usually more efficient than gasoline engines. Its good to see U.S. cars in 2nd and 3rd place, and with the largest engines of any of the top 10.

Without question, the one thing that jumps out at you though is the phenomenal fuel economy of the Prius - its a full 11 MPG ahead of its nearest rival! Toyota are still without question the best at making fuel efficient cars.

Economical Car Engine
City MPG
Hwy MPG
Combined
Toyota Prius 1.8L hybrid
51
48
50
Ford Fusion Hybrid 2.5L hybrid
41
36
39
Mercury Milan Hybrid 2.5L hybrid
41
36
39
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.4L hybrid
35
40
37
Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5L hybrid
35
33
34
Toyota Camry Hybrid 2.4L hybrid
33
34
34
Nissan Versa 1.8L gasoline
28
34
30
Hyundai Elantra 2.0L gasoline
26
35
29
Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid 2.4L gasoline
26
34
29
Nissan Sentra 2.0L gasoline
26
34
29

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Toyota Prius

The Toyota Prius is the most economical midsize car by a long way.

Toyota have had a long time perfecting this car, first selling it in Japan way back in 1997! It was the first mass-produced hybrid vehicle and is now in its third generation which debuted in 2009.

The Prius has a large electric motor rated at 80 horsepower which is powerful enough to drive the Prius all by itself at low speeds. Besides the usual hybrid fuel saving technologies, the latest Prius houses the first production engine that requires no belts, which further improves fuel economy.