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The Most Fuel-Efficient Chevy Models

It’s impossible to look at the price of gas and not feel an extreme sense of dread. While filling up at the pump is a necessary part of vehicle ownership, it isn’t always easy, especially considering how those pennies can add up rather quickly. If you’re in the market for a new vehicle—and just in case you’re thinking about patronizing a local Chevrolet dealership, then I have some very good news for you.

I’ve been paying close attention to the tumultuous ordeal that many have been going through with high gas prices, and decided to do some research that could be highly beneficial. Chevy makes vehicles for literally every type of consumer—from those who favor performance to those who have larger-than-average workloads that need to be dealt with. So, naturally, you better believe they make vehicles that are conservative in the area of fuel consumption and can help you get the most out of a fill-up. I’ve crunched the numbers, and now present the most fuel-efficient offerings from Chevy.

2022 Chevy Bolt EV

I’m beginning my list with one of the best—if not the best—offerings from the bowtie brand. Economically priced with a starting MSRP of only $32,495, Chevy’s EV hatchback can easily go the distance, with a range of 259 miles on a full charge. One of the best choices for the consumer who spends a fair amount of time on their daily commute, the Bolt EV also has attributes that can be utilized for playtime as well as work.

With a horsepower rating of 200 and the ability to generate 266 lb-ft of torque, the Bolt EV dispels the older notion that EV powertrains are sluggish and ineffective. For those who enjoy getting away from it all, its storage capacity of 57 available cu.ft. will leave you plenty of room for provisions. This is a slight capacity, but remember that traveling light optimizes fuel economy—and this is definitely an option for many city commuters.

A yellow 2022 Chevy Spark is shown driving on a city street after leaving Chevrolet dealership.

2022 Chevy Spark

For those of you who grew up in the early 90s, the Chevy Spark might bring back memories of the old Geo Metro. With its subcompact size, this two-door hatchback is a small vehicle with big aspirations. Because its 1.4-L four-cylinder engine only generates 98 horsepower, the car is more than ideal for a first-time buyer, or even a teenager learning the ropes about the responsibility that comes with owning a vehicle. The EPA estimates that the Spark has an average combined MPG of 33, which is attributed to the vehicle getting 30 MPG while driving within city limits and 38 on the highway.

2022 Chevy Trax

While I’m sticking with fuel-efficient Subcompact vehicles, I’ll jump from the hatchback to the SUV. For those who remember the days of SUVs with large V8 powertrains and body styles that took up quite a bit of room, the Trax will seem like the perfect, trimmed-down, younger sibling.

Very competitively priced with a starting MSRP of only $21,400, the Trax comes equipped with a 1.4-L four-cylinder engine that produces 155 horsepower. With 48.4 cu.ft. of potential storage room, it’s the perfectly priced small SUV for urban dwellers. A full tank of gas offers a range of 378 miles while obtaining an MPG of 24 while in the city. Naturally, this number expands to 32 when you take it out on the highway to get away from it all.

2022 Chevy Malibu

From the world of the subcompact to the four-door sedan, the 2022 Chevy Malibu is next on my list. The Malibu is one of the oldest models in the Chevy fleet—and actually was an integral part of the glory days of the muscle car. How things change! The Malibu is a vehicle that’s big on practicality, which is sometimes overlooked by car buyers when they think of what suits them best. Aside from offering consumers practical use, the Malibu’s starting MSRP of $23,400 undercuts the cost of competing offerings from Nissan, Kia, Honda, Hyundai, and Toyota.

Its turbocharged, 1.5-L four-cylinder engine offers excellent fuel economy, with the EPA estimating a surprising combined MPG of 32 and the ability to travel over 500 miles on a single tank of gas. To give you an idea of how this applies to your average week, you can expect to achieve an MPG of 29 during city driving and 36 when you hit the highway to visit your grandmother.

2022 Chevy Colorado

While you might not have expected to see a truck on this comprehensive list, I decided to include it because, after all, some people need trucks to properly allow themselves to get an honest day’s work done. While trucks have previously needed larger engines to pull their considerably heavy frame around, the terms “pickup truck” and “fuel-efficient” have become more synonymous with one another ever since GM introduced the Duramax line of diesel engines.

The Chevy Colorado, which took the place of the now-defunct Chevy S-10, is the pickup truck that might not be the beefiest, but can still deliver the goods on just about any job. When equipped with a 2.8-L 4-cylinder Duramax Turbodiesel, the Colorado gets remarkable fuel efficiency, achieving a combined MPG of 23, which amounts to 20 MPG while in the city and up to 30 on the highway. The EPA also estimates that the Colorado travels upwards of 483 miles when topped off with fuel.

A red 2022 Chevy Trailblazer RS is shown from the side driving on a city street.

2022 Chevy Trailblazer

Well, all wonderful things must come to their inevitable conclusion. I’ll end my list of fuel-efficient Chevy vehicles with the 2022 Chevy Trailblazer. Like other vehicles on this list, Chevy successfully underbids their competitors.

The MSRP of the Trailblazer starts at only $21,600, which is cheaper than similar offerings from Hyundai, Mazda, and Volkswagen. For such a low price, you’ll receive a towing capacity of 1,000 lbs. and an available 54.4 cu.ft. of storage space for the long haul.

When it comes to offering consumers an SUV that’s both cost-effective and fuel-efficient, Chevy does much more with less. While a four-cylinder is considered the industry standard when it comes to conservative fuel consumption, the Trailblazer is equipped with a 1.3-L three-cylinder offering. What this equates to is 29 MPG while driving in the city and 33 when the vehicle travels by highway. The EPA estimates that consumers will save upwards of $1,250 in fuel costs over the course of five years if they decide to opt for the Trailblazer and its practicality.

Cost-Effective and Going the Distance

Unfortunately, there’s nothing we can do about gas prices and their sharp increases and decreases throughout the course of the year—nor can we control their deliberate price-gouging (sorry!) However, I certainly hope you’ve enjoyed this look at some of the current offerings from Chevy and how some of them can save you some pennies at the pump. Chevy has continually had an eye on what benefits their customers the most, and as we’ve seen here, their innovative minds can accomplish anything they set out to do…especially when it comes to manufacturing vehicles that are more practical and cost-effective than the competition. After all, the world is already unpredictable enough as it is. The last thing you need is less stability and efficiency.