Wondering which fuel-efficient car to drive home in 2021? Between crossovers and sedans, there are a handful of top gas-saving cars for your commute. If you’re looking to save money by sticking to a gas-powered, non-hybrid vehicle, there are plenty of 2021 compact and midsize cars and crossovers to pick from waiting for you at your local dealership.

Read ahead to learn about some of the top gas saver car picks for the upcoming year, and learn about how you can benefit by saving cash at the gas station in a new, affordable crossover or compact sedan.

1. 2021 Kia Seltos

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Kia is breaking the vehicle norms in 2021 with its selection of SUVs and crossovers. The all-new Kia Seltos is the perfect combination of city and country in a compact SUV. With several trims to pick from, including the S and SX which feature a 175-horsepower turbo four-cylinder engine that receives up to 25 mpg city and 30 mpg highway, the super-affordable trim options are the Kia Seltos LX and S models. 

With a 147-horsepower, 2.0-liter engine with the intelligent variable transmission (IVT) and torque-vectoring all-wheel drive with center lock, drivers can look to excellent controllability while receiving 27 MPG city and 31 MPG highway. An amazing road trip vehicle as well as a compact SUV that is great for the daily work commute, the base trim levels also come with a ton of goodies.

New car buyers who are scoping out the new Kia Seltos will drive home with advanced standard features in the base model Seltos. Look to amenities at an affordable car price such as: 

  • Projector Beam headlights
  • Auto Headlight Control
  • Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers
  • Rear Camera Display
  • 8-inch Touch-Screen compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

2. 2021 Honda Insight

With amazing new features available for this upcoming Honda sedan, the 2021 Honda Insight is transforming the brand’s traditional sedan style with a sharp new image that American car buyers will definitely be talking about. This revitalized Honda sedan is bringing a new look to the U.S roads and highways. 

Coming standard with a fuel-efficient 139-horsepower 1.5-liter engine and 5-speed transmission, the base trim of this innovative sedan will receive remarkable miles to the gallon while the upper Honda Insight trims will host an available hybrid 2.0-liter powertrain that will boast around 200-horsepower. Other hot features for the Honda Insight are:

  • LED daytime running lights
  • Honda Sensing Technology
  • LED low-beam and standard auto high-beam headlights with Auto On/Off
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Parking sensors
  • Standard collision mitigation braking system

3. 2021 Toyota Corolla

The Toyota brand is renowned for excellent gas mileage and the 2021 Corolla is a fantastic compact sedan that is designed to save you money at the fuel pump. With a range of trims to pick from including a hybrid engine option, the base L and LE Corolla models are beneath the $21k mark and provide commuters with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that gains 30 MPG city and 38 on the highway. 

Known for the available Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 pre-collision system with pedestrian detection and Lane-Departure Alert, the 2021 Corolla also includes top features on select trims such as:

  • Adaptive Front-Lighting
  • High-Grade LED Headlights
  • LED Daytime Running Lights accent lighting and taillights
  • Electronic Parking Brake
  • Standard 7-inch touchscreen with six speakers and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity

4. 2021 Mazda3 Hatchback

For compact sedan and hatchback lovers who enjoy a zippy fuel-efficient commute, the Mazda3 Hatchback is bringing a list of amazing features for the 2021 year. 

With a slender and sleek new body style that sports the available i-Activ all-wheel drive, an available 186-horsepower Skyactiv-G 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that promotes 26 MPG city and 34 MPG highway, drivers will gain strength atop of fuel-efficiency on the roads. Aside from receiving phenomenal fuel mileage on both city and highway, the Mazda3 Hatchback offers the available:

  • 8.8-inch full-color center display infotainment system w/voice command
  • Mobile 911 automatic emergency notification
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Mazda Connected Services
  • High beam Control
  • Rearview Control
  • Mazda Radar Cruise Control w/ Stop & Go
  • Front Map Lights and Cargo Area Light
  • Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

5. 2021 Hyundai Kona

The 2021 Hyundai Kona is a compact SUV that brings your road adventures to a whole new level with massive fuel efficiency. Drivers will not only have a sleek exterior appearance with the new-age thin headlamps with LED day time running lights and high beam assist, but with 94.1 cubic feet of passenger space and 45.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded, the Hyundai Kona is an excellent sport utility vehicle for the work commute, daily errand runs, and weekend camping excursions. 

Receiving a standard 27 MPG city and 30 MPG highway with the 2.0-liter I-4 147-horsepower engine, the option for all-wheel drive is available, as well as the six-speed automatic transmission with Shiftronic capability.

The 2021 Hyundai Kona also offers available tech such as the:

  • Driver Attention Warning
  • Parking Distance Warning
  • Electronic Stability Control with Traffic Control and Brake Assist
  • 3-Step Heated Front Seats
  • 8-Inch Color Touchscreen with Navigation
  • Smart Cruise Control
  • Projector Headlights
  • Front Fog Lights
  • LED taillights

Between the fuel-efficient sedans, compact SUVs, and hatchbacks listed above, finding one that matches your driving preference in 2021 should be a breeze. Learn more about the top cars for safety and other if you want only a small car for your daily travels, check out our top fuel efficient compact cars for your daily work commute.

Patrick Kirk
I am a full-time copywriter from Naples, FL and living in Austin, TX. I have written for the automotive industry for three years, and enjoy other hobbies such as camping and mountain biking. I received my Bachelors from Florida Gulf Coast University, and served in the U.S Coast Guard.

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    4 Comments

    1. great article !

    2. This makes me want to buy a car a new car with all the features that they come with now. By time everything gets better. I love the Toyota but honestly the Mazda and Hyundai really caught my attention this time.

    3. Fuel mileage is important but some of these vehicle have not shown reliability in their engines. Some of the direct injected turbo 4 cylinders have an issue with fuel dilution in the oil and carbon build up on the valves.

    4. I’m a Yota or Chevy Gal. Interesting that there was not a Chevy car featured. But, that 38 MPG on the highway for the Corolla is paralleled.

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