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The number of gasoline-powered vehicles achieving a combined EPA rating of 50 MPG or higher has been increasing since 2016, reaching a new high of 11 for the 2021 model year. Manufacturers have been employing vehicle technologies to improve fuel economy without sacrificing vehicle performance or passenger volume. The vehicles that achieved 50 MPG or higher are all hybrid vehicles. It is noteworthy that 9 of the 11 vehicles in 2021 are categorized by the EPA as midsize or large cars.

Number of Light-Duty Vehicle Models with Combined Fuel Economy of 50 MPG or Greater


  • EPA combined MPG refers to the combined city/highway rating.
  • Multiple configurations of a base nameplate are included in the count for each model year.
  • Plug-in vehicles are not included.

Source: U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Download Fuel Economy Data, accessed July 1, 2021.