With gas prices lower this summer than they were a few years ago, Americans hit the road in greater numbers than ever. However, as the economy recovers more slowly than most of us would like, getting the best possible gas mileage continues to be an important consideration for anyone buying a new car.
If you’re planning to grab life by the horns with a new Dodge, it pays to consider which Dodge models offer the best gas mileage for you and your family. Dodge makes its vehicles affordable for American families and the savings go even further when you pick from new and used cars with the best fuel economy.
Here are our top picks:
1. Dodge Dart
The Dodge Dart sets the uppermost bar for Dodge’s fuel economy. The standard Dart, with a 40cylinder, 1.4-liter engine and an automatic transmission achieves an impressive 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway, leading to a combined city/highway fuel economy of 31 mpg.
If equipped with a manual transmission, the Dart gets 32 mpg combined city/highway. The Dart Aero gets even better fuel economy: 32 mpg combined city/highway, while the GT averages 27 mpg across its various configurations.
2. Dodge Challenger
When put to the test by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy – the federal agencies tasked with assessing fuel economy – the Dodge Challenger passed with flying colors. The 6 cylinder, 3.6-liter engine, combined with an eight-speed automatic transmission, achieved 30 miles per gallon on the highway and 19 mpg in the city.
This led to a combined city/highway figure of 23 mpg. This figure varies considerably based on the type of engine you choose. For instance, one of the most souped-up models – an 8-cylinder, 6.2-liter engine with a 6-speed manual transmission – yields a combined 16 mpg city/highway, reaching 21 mpg on the highway while still achieving a steady 13 mpg during city driving.
3. Dodge Charger
The Dodge Charger has been a classic car for Americans for decades, and its fuel economy makes it a relatively affordable choice for American families. When equipped with a 6-cylinder, 3.6-liter engine and an automatic 8-speed transmission, the Charger also yields 23 miles per gallon combined city/highway in its EPA/Department of Energy tests.
When the impressive 8-cylinder, 6.2-liter engine is teamed with an automatic 8-speed transmission, the Charger’s fuel economy takes a slight dip: 13 mpg in the city and 22 on the highway for a combined 16 mpg.
4. Dodge Durango
While the Dodge Durango has a variety of configurations, it has solid fuel economy across the board. For its 6-cylinder, 3.6-liter engine and automatic transmission, the rear-wheel-drive Durango gets 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway for a combined 22 city/highway fuel economy. The 8-cylinder, 5.7-liter engine with an 8-speed automatic gets combined 17 mpg city/highway fuel economy.
5. Dodge Journey
When it comes to steady fuel economy, the Dodge Journey is plenty impressive. The 4-cylinder, 2.4-liter engine with a 4-speed automatic transmission gets 21 mpg combined city/highway, with 26 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg in the city. For a mid-size SUV, that is solid fuel economy.
6. Dodge Grand Caravan
The Dodge Grand Caravan is a workhorse, but it’s fuel economy is still strong. With a 6-cylinder, 3.6-liter engine, the Grand Caravan gets 20 mpg combined city/highway according to the EPA/Department of Energy tests. That’s in the mid-range among Dodge models.
7. Dodge Viper
The Dodge Viper is one of the hottest cars for enthusiasts interested in new or used vehicles. Given its design for intense performance, the 10-cylinder, 8.4-liter engine with a 6-speed manual transmission gets a bit less fuel economy than other Dodge models: 15 mpg combined city/highway. But of course, Viper lovers tend to be less concerned about fuel efficiency and more interested in speed and power – and the Viper delivers well in both.
When it comes time to consider your next vehicle, we hope you’ll find this information about the best Dodge models for fuel economy to be helpful. Of course, there are many other considerations when you make your decision about what car is right for you and your family. Visit an authorized Dodge car dealership to find the Dodge that’s right for you.