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Striking a balance between fuel economy and safety is not easy for automakers like General Motors to accomplish. Further, consumers then have a difficult decision between big, safer vehicles and smaller, more economical cars. Forbes made a list of their picks for the safest and most fuel-efficient vehicles available in 2022.

The list of most fuel-efficient and safest cars is long, but that isn’t a bad thing

Most Fuel-Efficient and Safest Vehicles for 2022, Says Forbes
2022 Honda Civic | Honda

Having options is a good thing. Forbes’ list includes compact sedans, hatchbacks, SUVs, and crossovers. Additionally, some of the cars on the list incorporate all-wheel drive (AWD), which notoriously drops fuel efficiency. As a result, you can still buy a vehicle with a sure-footed AWD system and not suffer at the pump.

  • Honda Civic Sedan: 33/42 mpg 
  • Toyota Corolla Hatchback: 32/41 mpg 
  • Honda Civic Hatchback: 31/39 mpg 
  • Toyota Corolla Sedan: 31/40 mpg 
  • Honda Accord: 30/38 mpg 
  • Nissan Rogue: 30/37 mpg 
  • Kia K5: 29/38 mpg 
  • Nissan Altima: 28/39 mpg 
  • Toyota Camry: 28/39 mpg 
  • Mazda3 Sedan: 28/36 mpg 
  • Chevrolet Trailblazer: 29/33 mpg 
  • Subaru Crosstrek AWD: 28/33 mpg 
  • Subaru Legacy AWD: 27/35 mpg 
  • Mazda3 Hatchback: 26/34 mpg 
  • Subaru Outback AWD: 26/33 mpg

2022 Toyota Corolla Hatchback gets IIHS Top Safety Pick and impressive fuel economy

2022 Toyota Corolla Hatchback | Toyota USA

The 2022 Toyota Corolla Hatchback combines the utility of a hatchback with the impressive credentials of the Corolla line. Further, the Toyota model earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Picks+. Consumer Reports also reported that the 2022 Toyota Corolla Hatchback earned good ratings in every individual crash section, including front, side, and rear crash.

In addition to top safety awards, Forbes reported fuel efficiency of 32 mpg in the city and 41 mpg at highway speeds. That means that the hatchback will save money on fuel and do so safely. Despite these impressive results, Consumer Reports recommends avoiding the 2022 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, suggesting that people buy a Subaru Impreza instead.

2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer gets a handsome design refresh, top safety awards, and respectable fuel efficiency for an SUV

Most Fuel-Efficient and Safest Vehicles for 2022, Says Forbes
Chevrolet Trailblazer | Joel Lerner, Getty Images

With a small suite of available turbocharged engines, the 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer achieves admirable fuel efficiency. Specifically, the Chevrolet Trailblazer accomplished a reported 29 mpg in the city and 33 mpg at highway speeds. Those numbers are quite impressive for an SUV of any size, and the Trailblazer isn’t even the smallest SUV in the Chevrolet lineup.

On top of excellent fuel economy for an SUV, the Chevrolet Trailblazer also received an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating. However, while the 2022 Toyota Corolla Hatchback failed to receive a Consumer Reports recommendation, the 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer succeeded.

There is no shortage of options for folks in the market for fuel-efficient vehicles with confidence-inspiring safety credentials

According to Forbes, these vehicles are both safe and wallet-friendly at the pumps. Resultantly, you no longer have to trade overall safety for savings when filling up. If you’re more concerned with fuel economy than other benefits, scroll down to read about the best gas sippers on the market with over 40 mpg.


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