The 100 Most Fuel-Efficient Cars in 1985

Have you ever wondered what the most fuel efficient cars manufactured in 1985 are? In this article, we'll list out the best 100 fuel efficient cars from 1985 with information on each of them!

How to Determine Fuel Efficiency

The list of the best fuel efficient cars on this page is based on one simple metric provided to us by the U.S. Department of Energy: the combined miles per gallon (MPG).

This metric is calculated by taking the total miles driven by the car and dividing it by the total gallons of fuel used.

Manufacturers provide this information to the Department of Energy, they provide it to us, and we provide it to you after sifting and organizing it.

The combined miles per gallon (MPG) is a measure of how much fuel the car uses per mile and is a good indicator of how efficient the car is. It's a combination of both city and highway driving, to give you a more overall accurate MPG.

With that out of the way, let's dive into the list. You can click the links in the table below to see more detailed information about each car.

Best 1985 Cars by Miles per Gallon

The list below is sorted by the combined miles per gallon (MPG) of the car, with the highest MPG at the top. This list includes both electric and regular fuel cars.

Car Combined MPG Fuel Cost
Honda Civic CRX HF 43 $1,450
Chevrolet Sprint 42 $1,500
Pontiac Firefly 42 $1,500
Suzuki SA310 42 $1,500
Honda Civic CRX HF 41 $1,550
Ford Escort 40 $1,950
Mercury Lynx 40 $1,950
Nissan Sentra 40 $1,950
Chevrolet Chevette 36 $2,150
Chevrolet Sprint 36 $1,750
Pontiac 1000 36 $2,150
Pontiac Firefly 36 $1,750
Suzuki SA310 36 $1,750
Toyota Corolla 36 $2,150
Chevrolet Spectrum 35 $1,800
Isuzu 750C/I-Mark 35 $1,800
Volkswagen Golf/GTI 35 $2,200
Volkswagen Jetta 35 $2,200
Dodge Colt 34 $1,850
Ford Escort 34 $2,250
Ford Escort Wagon 34 $2,250
Ford Tempo 34 $2,250
Honda Civic 34 $1,850
Mercury Lynx 34 $2,250
Mercury Lynx Wagon 34 $2,250
Mercury Topaz 34 $2,250
Mitsubishi Mirage 34 $1,850
Volkswagen Jetta 34 $2,250
Dodge Colt 33 $1,900
Ford Escort 33 $1,900
Mazda 626 33 $2,350
Mercury Lynx 33 $1,900
Mitsubishi Mirage 33 $1,900
Plymouth Colt 33 $1,900
Ford Escort 32 $1,950
Ford Escort Wagon 32 $1,950
Isuzu Pickup 2WD 32 $2,400
Mercury Lynx 32 $1,950
Mercury Lynx Wagon 32 $1,950
Renault Alliance/Encore 32 $1,950
Toyota Tercel 32 $1,950
Grumman Olson Kubvan 31 $2,500
Toyota Corolla 31 $2,500
Volkswagen Quantum 31 $2,500
Volkswagen Quantum Wagon 31 $2,500
Chevrolet Spectrum 30 $2,100
Dodge Charger 30 $2,100
Dodge Colt 30 $2,100
Dodge Omni 30 $2,100
Ford Laser 30 $2,100
Honda Civic 30 $2,100
Honda Civic CRX 30 $2,100
Honda Civic Wagon 30 $2,100
Isuzu 750C/I-Mark 30 $2,100
Isuzu Pickup 2WD 30 $2,550
Mazda GLC 30 $2,100
Mercedes-Benz 190 30 $2,550
Mitsubishi Mirage 30 $2,100
Nissan Pulsar/Pulsar-NX 30 $2,100
Nissan Sentra 30 $2,100
Nissan Sentra Wagon 30 $2,100
Plymouth Colt 30 $2,100
Plymouth Horizon 30 $2,100
Plymouth Turismo 30 $2,100
Renault Alliance/Encore 30 $2,100
Subaru Sedan 30 $2,100
Toyota Truck 2WD 30 $2,550
Chevrolet Nova 29 $2,150
Honda Civic CRX 29 $2,150
Nissan Pulsar/Pulsar-NX 29 $2,150
Nissan Sentra 29 $2,150
Nissan Sentra Wagon 29 $2,150
Renault Alliance/Encore 29 $2,150
Subaru Hatchback 29 $2,150
Toyota Corolla 29 $2,150
Toyota Tercel 29 $2,150
Toyota Tercel Wagon 2WD 29 $2,150
Chevrolet S10 Pickup 2WD 28 $2,750
Chevrolet S10 Pickup 2WD 28 $2,750
GMC S15 Pickup 2WD 28 $2,750
GMC S15 Pickup 2WD 28 $2,750
Honda Civic 28 $2,250
Honda Civic CRX 28 $2,250
Honda Civic Wagon 28 $2,250
Isuzu Pickup 2WD 28 $2,750
Mitsubishi Truck 2WD 28 $2,750
Pontiac Sunbird 28 $2,250
Renault Alliance/Encore 28 $2,250
Toyota Truck 2WD 28 $2,750
Buick Century 27 $2,850
Chevrolet Chevette 27 $2,300
Chevrolet Chevette 27 $2,300
Chevrolet S10 Pickup 2WD 27 $2,850
Chevrolet S10 Pickup 2WD 27 $2,850
Dodge Charger 27 $2,300
Dodge Colt 27 $2,300
Dodge Omni 27 $2,300
Dodge Omni 27 $2,300
Ford Escort 27 $2,300
Ford Escort 27 $2,300

Best 1985 Regular Fuel Cars by Miles per Gallon

The table below contains the best 1985 regular fuel cars by combined miles per gallon (MPG).

Car Combined MPG Fuel Cost
Ford Escort (Manual 5-spd) 40 $1,950
Mercury Lynx (Manual 5-spd) 40 $1,950
Nissan Sentra (Manual 4-spd) 40 $1,950
Chevrolet Chevette (Manual 5-spd) 36 $2,150
Pontiac 1000 (Manual 5-spd) 36 $2,150
Toyota Corolla (Manual 5-spd) 36 $2,150
Volkswagen Golf/GTI (Manual 5-spd) 35 $2,200
Volkswagen Jetta (Manual 5-spd) 35 $2,200
Ford Escort (Manual 5-spd) 34 $2,250
Ford Escort Wagon (Manual 5-spd) 34 $2,250
Ford Tempo (Manual 5-spd) 34 $2,250
Mercury Lynx (Manual 5-spd) 34 $2,250
Mercury Lynx Wagon (Manual 5-spd) 34 $2,250
Mercury Topaz (Manual 5-spd) 34 $2,250
Volkswagen Jetta (Manual 5-spd) 34 $2,250
Mazda 626 (Manual 5-spd) 33 $2,350
Isuzu Pickup 2WD (Manual 4-spd) 32 $2,400
Grumman Olson Kubvan (Manual 5-spd) 31 $2,500
Toyota Corolla (Automatic 3-spd) 31 $2,500
Volkswagen Quantum (Manual 5-spd) 31 $2,500
Volkswagen Quantum Wagon (Manual 5-spd) 31 $2,500
Isuzu Pickup 2WD (Manual 5-spd) 30 $2,550
Mercedes-Benz 190 (Manual 5-spd) 30 $2,550
Toyota Truck 2WD (Manual 4-spd) 30 $2,550
Chevrolet S10 Pickup 2WD (Manual 4-spd) 28 $2,750
Chevrolet S10 Pickup 2WD (Manual 5-spd) 28 $2,750
GMC S15 Pickup 2WD (Manual 4-spd) 28 $2,750
GMC S15 Pickup 2WD (Manual 5-spd) 28 $2,750
Isuzu Pickup 2WD (Manual 5-spd) 28 $2,750
Mitsubishi Truck 2WD (Manual 5-spd) 28 $2,750
Toyota Truck 2WD (Manual 5-spd) 28 $2,750
Buick Century (Automatic 3-spd) 27 $2,850
Chevrolet S10 Pickup 2WD (Manual 4-spd) 27 $2,850
Chevrolet S10 Pickup 2WD (Manual 5-spd) 27 $2,850
Ford Ranger Pickup 2WD (Manual 5-spd) 27 $2,850
GMC S15 Pickup 2WD (Manual 4-spd) 27 $2,850
GMC S15 Pickup 2WD (Manual 5-spd) 27 $2,850
Mercedes-Benz 190 (Automatic 4-spd) 27 $2,850
Nissan Truck 2WD (Manual 5-spd) 27 $2,850
Toyota Camry (Automatic 4-spd) 27 $2,850
Buick Century (Automatic 3-spd) 26 $2,950
Buick Century Wagon (Automatic 3-spd) 26 $2,950
Chevrolet Celebrity (Automatic 3-spd) 26 $2,950
Chevrolet Celebrity Wagon (Automatic 3-spd) 26 $2,950
Dodge Power Ram 50 Pickup 4WD (Manual 5-spd) 26 $2,950
Grumman Olson Kubvan (Automatic 3-spd) 26 $2,950
Jeep Cherokee/Wagoneer (Manual 5-spd) 26 $2,950
Mitsubishi Truck 4WD (Manual 5-spd) 26 $2,950
Nissan Truck 2WD (Manual 5-spd) 26 $2,950
Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera (Automatic 3-spd) 26 $2,950
Oldsmobile Cutlass Cruiser Wagon (Automatic 3-spd) 26 $2,950
Peugeot 505 (Manual 5-spd) 26 $2,950
Pontiac 6000 (Automatic 3-spd) 26 $2,950
Pontiac 6000 Wagon (Automatic 3-spd) 26 $2,950
Toyota Truck 2WD (Manual 5-spd) 26 $2,950
Ford Bronco II 4WD (Manual 5-spd) 25 $3,100
Ford Ranger Pickup 4WD (Manual 5-spd) 25 $3,100
Mitsubishi Truck 2WD (Manual 5-spd) 25 $3,100
BMW 5 Series (Automatic 4-spd) 24 $3,200
Isuzu Pickup 2WD (Automatic 3-spd) 24 $3,200
Isuzu Pickup 4WD (Manual 4-spd) 24 $3,200
Volvo 740/760 (Manual 4-spd) 24 $3,200
Buick Electra/Park Avenue (Automatic 4-spd) 23 $3,350
Buick Regal (Automatic 3-spd) 23 $3,350
Cadillac Fleetwood/DeVille (FWD) (Automatic 4-spd) 23 $3,350
Dodge Power Ram 50 Pickup 4WD (Manual 5-spd) 23 $3,350
Mitsubishi Truck 4WD (Manual 5-spd) 23 $3,350
Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme (Automatic 3-spd) 23 $3,350
Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Regency (Automatic 4-spd) 23 $3,350
Toyota Truck 4WD (Manual 5-spd) 23 $3,350
Volvo 740/760 (Automatic 4-spd) 23 $3,350
Lincoln Continental (Automatic 4-spd) 22 $3,500
Lincoln Mark VII (Automatic 4-spd) 22 $3,500
Peugeot 505 (Automatic 3-spd) 22 $3,500
Peugeot 505 Wagon (Automatic 3-spd) 22 $3,500
Buick LeSabre (Automatic 4-spd) 21 $3,650
Buick LeSabre/Electra Wagon (Automatic 4-spd) 21 $3,650
Buick Regal (Automatic 3-spd) 21 $3,650
Buick Riviera (Automatic 4-spd) 21 $3,650
Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham (RWD) (Automatic 4-spd) 21 $3,650
Chevrolet Caprice Wagon (Automatic 4-spd) 21 $3,650
Chevrolet Impala/Caprice (Automatic 3-spd) 21 $3,650
Chevrolet Impala/Caprice (Automatic 4-spd) 21 $3,650
Jeep Cherokee/Wagoneer (Automatic 3-spd) 21 $3,650
Mercedes-Benz 300D/300CD (Automatic 4-spd) 21 $3,650
Mercedes-Benz 300SD (Automatic 4-spd) 21 $3,650
Mercedes-Benz 300TD (Automatic 4-spd) 21 $3,650
Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser Wagon (Automatic 4-spd) 21 $3,650
Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme (Automatic 3-spd) 21 $3,650
Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale (Automatic 3-spd) 21 $3,650
Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale (Automatic 4-spd) 21 $3,650
Oldsmobile Toronado (Automatic 4-spd) 21 $3,650
Pontiac Parisienne (Automatic 3-spd) 21 $3,650
Pontiac Parisienne (Automatic 4-spd) 21 $3,650
Pontiac Parisienne Wagon (Automatic 4-spd) 21 $3,650
Cadillac Eldorado (Automatic 4-spd) 20 $3,850
Cadillac Seville (Automatic 4-spd) 20 $3,850
Chevrolet C10 Pickup 2WD (Automatic 4-spd) 19 $4,050
Chevrolet C10 Pickup 2WD (Manual 4-spd) 19 $4,050
Chevrolet C20 Pickup 2WD (Automatic 4-spd) 19 $4,050

Conclusion

The most fuel efficient car of 1985 is the Honda Civic CRX HF. It has a combined MPG of 43 and costs $1,450 per year to drive it.

The most fuel efficient non-electric car of 1985 is the Ford Escort. It has a combined MPG of 40 and costs $1,950 per year to drive it.

Most Fuel Efficient Cars By Year

If you want to continue researching the best fuel efficient cars of all time, you can also look at the list of cars by year.

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