Most Fuel-Efficient Cars of the Past 30 Years

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2016 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
EPA Rating: 42 mpg city / 48 mpg highway / 44 mpg combined
The Jetta Hybrid debuted as a 2013 model, rated at 41 mpg city / 48 mpg highway / 44 mpg combined; for the 2016 model year city mpg bumped to 42 mpg. This Jetta Hybrid is powered by a 1.4-liter TSI 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 150 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, combined with a 27-horsepower electric motor for a total output of 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque as low as 1000 rpm. The power gets delivered through a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox which can operate as a full automatic or be shifted manually. Inside, the tachometer is replaced by a power meter that displays a variety of information about the drive system, including regeneration, efficient driving alternating between gasoline engine and electric power, gasoline engine only and gasoline/electric combination for full system power output.

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