Chevy MPG: How it Stacks Up Against the Competition

March 16th, 2015 by

Fuel economy is one of the most important things to think about when buying a car at a Chevy dealer in Albany, NY. With fluctuating gas prices eating at wallets, and an increased focus on emissions, many people like knowing that they’re doing their part to cut down on gas and help the environment.

But on top of the financial savings and the environmental, the convenience is a huge factor to buying a car with great mpg. Where once you had to fill up 4-5 times a month with a 20 mpg car, upgrading to a 40 mpg vehicle means you’ll be spending much less time at the pump.

Now the big question is, how do Chevy vehicles stack up against its competition when it comes to fuel efficiency? Let’s take a look at each segment separately and dig into the details of each individual vehicle versus its closest rival.

Small Car MPG

America’s love affair with big cars may be coming back thanks to a revived economy, but small cars are still extremely popular. The Chevy Spark and Chevy Sonic are examples of great vehicles built for urban living and, those who don’t need to carry more than 4 passengers and some groceries at any one time.

2015 Chevy Spark

The 2015 Spark, Chevy’s smallest car, gets 31/39 mpg with the manual transmission and 30/39 with the automatic. Of its small car competition, including the Ford Fiesta (28/36) and Honda Fit (32/38), only Nissan’s Versa Note comes close to beating the Spark’s efficiency with 31/40 mpg in its automatic version.

But while the Versa Note may have the Spark slightly beat on mpg, the Spark’s base price is nearly $2,000 less than the Nissan. With more standard features the Note on top of that price difference, the Spark clearly has the overall edge.

2015 Chevy Sonic

A small step up from the Spark is Chevy’s larger subcompact, the Sonic. Mated with a manual transmission, the 2015 Sonic is able to achieve 29/40 mpg with the base 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine. Its competition is the same as the Spark, which it narrowly beats in highway MPG.

Like the Spark, only the Versa Note bests the Sonic in overall efficiency.

2015 Chevy Cruze

The Cruze has been one of Chevy’s most popular compact cars of all time, and for good reason. Its affordable, stylish, and packed with features. It’s not too small, not too big, and gets great gas mileage. For your everyday car buyer, it’s the perfect car.

The base Cruze receives 26/38 MPG for both its manual and automatic transmission versions. Compared to the base Honda Civic with 30/39 and the Ford Focus with 27/40, the Cruze is only slightly less efficient than its two biggest competitors.

Where the Cruze succeeds, however, is in its Turbo Diesel option, which offers more power and efficiency (27/46 MPG) thanks to its diesel engine.

Mid-Size Car MPG

2015 Chevy Malibu

2015 Chevy Malibu MPG

The Malibu has grown to impress mid-size car buyers over the past five or so years, becoming one of the most affordable, safe, and efficient cars on the market. And the 2015 model continues that trend, beating its competition in overall efficiency.

With its 2.5-liter engine, the Malibu receives 25/36 MPG, which beats the Ford Fusion (22/34) and even the Toyota Camry (25/35). If that surprises you, do yourself a favor and learn more about the upcoming new 2016 Malibu!

2015 Chevy Impala

The Impala’s recent redesign has made it one of the most stylish and luxurious-looking cars (on the inside too) from a mainstream car brand. Chevy really outdid itself, and only narrowly managed to be beat by its rival Ford in fuel efficiency for the Impala.

Compared to the Ford Taurus, which gets 22/32 MPG, the Impala receives 22/31. Not much of a difference at all, so buyers should do their research on the interior comforts of the two in order to make the best purchase.

Hybrid Car MPG

2015 Chevy Volt

The Volt is truly in a league of its own in the plug-in hybrid market. Able to run on battery and with a gas engine backup, the Volt gets 98 MPGe (the electric efficiency equivalent to MPG).

Its only direct mass market competition is Toyota’s plug-in hybrid, which cannot run on pure battery power as it requires gas assistance, and receives only 95 MPGe as a result.

Chevrolet has said many Volt owners go 900 miles between fill ups because owners charge the batteries at night and only end up using a fraction of the gas that they used to with a regular gas-only car.

Crossover SUV MPG

2015 Chevy Trax

2015 Chevy Trax MPG

The newest member of the Chevrolet family, the Trax is one of the smallest crossover SUVs on the market, making it perfect for commuters and functional urban driving.

Being one of the smallest SUVs on the market means there’s not a whole lot of direct competition, but many consumers are cross-shopping the Trax with larger crossovers. The new Jeep Renegade is its closest competition in terms of size and market, but the Trax is in a whole other league when it comes to fuel economy.

With 26/34 MPG, the FWD Trax (with an automatic transmission) completely obliterates the FWD Renegade’s 24/31 (with a manual)!

2015 Chevy Equinox

The Equinox was one of the first crossovers that did got it all right. Great size, power, efficiency, and functionality all in one. It proved that SUV owners could have their cake and eat it too.

Competition is tough, though, with the Equinox’s 22/32 MPG rating going up against the exact same from the Ford Escape, and being bested by the Honda CR-V’s 27/34 MPG.

Mid-Size SUV MPG

2015 Chevy Traverse

Drivers that need more than a crossover, but less than a full-size will find the perfect middle ground with the 2015 Traverse. It’s got the extra room, including optional third-row seating, that even the largest of families will have a hard time filling up!

While the Traverse is on even ground with the Ford Explorer at 17/24 MPG, both are outdone by the 2015 Toyota Highlander, which is rated at 19/25. Where the Traverse beats the Highlander, however, is safety.

Arguably more important for a family SUV, the Traverse received a perfect five-star crash rating from the NHTSA, while the Highlander missed the mark with only a 4-star frontal crash rating.

Full-Size SUV MPG

2015 Chevy Tahoe

2015 Chevy Tahoe MPG

Even with its large size and massive V8 engine, the 2WD 2015 Tahoe still manages to beat its competition in efficiency. The V6 in the Ford Expedition receives 16/22 MPG, while the Toyota Sequoia’s V8 lags way behind at 13/17.

The Tahoe? It’s riding high with 16/23 overall MPG!

2015 Chevy Suburban

Despite its larger size, Chevy was able to make the 2WD 2015 Suburban just as efficient as the 2015 Tahoe with an EPA rating of 16/23 MPG. No matter which full-size SUV you choose, you can be confident that it’s the most efficient on the market!

Mid-Size Truck MPG

2015 Chevy Colorado

The new 2015 Colorado is back with a vengeance, and ready to make Toyota and Nissan look like they’ve given up on mid-size truck buyers. With its 18/26 MPG, the Toyota Tacoma’s 16/21 MPG rating and Nissan Frontier’s 17/23 MPG rating really make the two automakers look bad, given their overall reputation.

Full-Size Truck MPG

2015 Chevy Silverado

Pickup efficiency has become more important than ever, as gas prices affect business and laborers that rely on the power and functionality of a full-size truck. Each of the major American pick-up trucks have managed to make their trucks nearly equally efficient.

The Silverado 1500 is rated at 18/24 highway MPG, which bests the Ford F-150’s 17/24 rating, but is on par with the 2015 RAM 1500’s 17/25 MPG. The battle of American pick-ups really comes down to price, features, and brand loyalty!