The 100 Most Fuel-Efficient Cars in 1990

Have you ever wondered what the most fuel efficient cars manufactured in 1990 are? In this article, we'll list out the best 100 fuel efficient cars from 1990 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 1990 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
Geo Metro XFI 47 $1,350
Honda Civic CRX HF 43 $1,450
Chevrolet Sprint 41 $1,550
Geo Metro 41 $1,550
Pontiac Firefly 41 $1,550
Suzuki Swift 41 $1,550
Geo Metro LSI 40 $1,550
Honda Civic CRX HF 39 $1,600
Geo Metro LSI Convertible 37 $1,700
Suzuki Swift 36 $1,750
Chevrolet Turbo Sprint 34 $1,850
Daihatsu Charade 34 $1,850
Pontiac Turbo Firefly 34 $1,850
Volkswagen Jetta 34 $2,250
Chevrolet Sprint 33 $1,900
Ford Festiva 33 $1,900
Geo Metro 33 $1,900
Geo Metro LSI 33 $1,900
Pontiac Firefly 33 $1,900
Suzuki Swift 33 $1,900
Daihatsu Charade 32 $1,950
Ford Escort 32 $1,950
Geo Metro LSI Convertible 30 $2,100
Honda Civic 30 $2,100
Isuzu Stylus 30 $2,100
Pontiac Lemans 30 $2,100
Subaru Justy 30 $2,100
Subaru Justy 30 $2,100
Dodge Colt 29 $2,150
Geo Storm 29 $2,150
Honda Civic 29 $2,150
Honda Civic CRX 29 $2,150
Honda Civic Wagon 29 $2,150
Mitsubishi Mirage 29 $2,150
Plymouth Colt 29 $2,150
Toyota Tercel 29 $2,150
Daihatsu Charade 28 $2,250
Ford Festiva 28 $2,250
Honda Civic CRX 28 $2,250
Hyundai Excel 28 $2,250
Mazda 323/323 Protege 28 $2,250
Mitsubishi Precis 28 $2,250
Nissan Sentra 28 $2,250
Pontiac Lemans 28 $2,250
Subaru Justy 4WD 28 $2,250
Suzuki Swift 28 $2,250
Suzuki Swift GT 28 $2,250
Toyota Tercel 28 $2,250
Dodge Colt 27 $2,300
Dodge Colt Wagon 27 $2,300
Eagle Summit 27 $2,300
Ford Escort 27 $2,300
Ford Escort Wagon 27 $2,300
Geo Prizm 27 $2,300
Honda Civic CRX 27 $2,300
Hyundai Excel 27 $2,300
Mazda 323/323 Protege 27 $2,300
Mitsubishi Mirage 27 $2,300
Mitsubishi Mirage Wagon 27 $2,300
Mitsubishi Precis 27 $2,300
Nissan Sentra 27 $2,300
Nissan Sentra Coupe 27 $2,300
Nissan Sentra Wagon 27 $2,300
Plymouth Colt 27 $2,300
Plymouth Colt Wagon 27 $2,300
Subaru Justy 4WD 27 $2,300
Toyota Tercel 27 $2,300
Chevrolet Cavalier 26 $2,400
Chevrolet Cavalier Wagon 26 $2,400
Ford Escort 26 $2,400
Geo Storm 26 $2,400
Honda Civic 26 $2,400
Honda Civic 26 $2,400
Honda Civic Wagon 26 $2,400
Hyundai Excel 26 $2,400
Isuzu Impulse 26 $2,400
Isuzu Stylus 26 $2,400
Mercedes-Benz 300D 2.5 Turbo 26 $2,950
Mitsubishi Precis 26 $2,400
Nissan Pulsar NX 26 $2,400
Pontiac Lemans 26 $2,400
Pontiac Sunbird 26 $2,400
Toyota Camry 26 $2,400
Toyota Celica 26 $2,400
Toyota Corolla 26 $2,400
Toyota Corolla Wagon 26 $2,400
Chevrolet Beretta 25 $2,500
Chevrolet Cavalier 25 $2,500
Chevrolet Corsica 25 $2,500
Dodge Colt 25 $2,500
Dodge Colt Wagon 25 $2,500
Dodge Omni 25 $2,500
Eagle Summit 25 $2,500
Ford Escort Wagon 25 $2,500
Geo Prizm 25 $2,500
Isuzu Stylus 25 $2,500
Mazda 323/323 Protege 25 $2,500
Mitsubishi Mirage 25 $2,500
Mitsubishi Mirage Wagon 25 $2,500
Nissan Sentra 25 $2,500

Best 1990 Regular Fuel Cars by Miles per Gallon

The table below contains the best 1990 regular fuel cars by combined miles per gallon (MPG).

Car Combined MPG Fuel Cost
Volkswagen Jetta (Manual 5-spd) 34 $2,250
Mercedes-Benz 300D 2.5 Turbo (Automatic 4-spd) 26 $2,950
Mercedes-Benz 350SDL Turbo (Automatic 4-spd) 21 $3,650
Chevrolet C1500 Pickup 2WD (Automatic 4-spd) 18 $4,300
Chevrolet C1500 Pickup 2WD (Manual 4-spd) 18 $4,300
Chevrolet G10/20 Van 2WD (Automatic 4-spd) 18 $4,300
GMC G15/25 Vandura 2WD (Automatic 4-spd) 18 $4,300
GMC Sierra 1500 2WD (Automatic 4-spd) 18 $4,300
GMC Sierra 1500 2WD (Manual 4-spd) 18 $4,300
Chevrolet Blazer V1500 4WD (Automatic 4-spd) 17 $4,550
Chevrolet C2500 Pickup 2WD (Automatic 4-spd) 17 $4,550
Chevrolet C2500 Pickup 2WD (Manual 4-spd) 17 $4,550
Chevrolet G10/20 Sport Van 2WD (Automatic 4-spd) 17 $4,550
Chevrolet R1500 Suburban 2WD (Automatic 4-spd) 17 $4,550
GMC C2500 Sierra 2WD (Automatic 4-spd) 17 $4,550
GMC C2500 Sierra 2WD (Manual 4-spd) 17 $4,550
GMC G15/25 Rally 2WD (Automatic 4-spd) 17 $4,550
GMC Jimmy V1500 4WD (Automatic 4-spd) 17 $4,550
GMC R1500 Suburban 2WD (Automatic 4-spd) 17 $4,550
Chevrolet K1500 Pickup 4WD (Automatic 4-spd) 16 $4,800
Chevrolet K1500 Pickup 4WD (Manual 4-spd) 16 $4,800
Chevrolet K2500 Pickup 4WD (Automatic 4-spd) 16 $4,800
Chevrolet K2500 Pickup 4WD (Manual 4-spd) 16 $4,800
Chevrolet Suburban V1500 4WD (Automatic 4-spd) 16 $4,800
GMC K2500 Sierra 4WD (Automatic 4-spd) 16 $4,800
GMC K2500 Sierra 4WD (Manual 4-spd) 16 $4,800
GMC Sierra 1500 4WD (Automatic 4-spd) 16 $4,800
GMC Sierra 1500 4WD (Manual 4-spd) 16 $4,800
GMC Suburban V1500 4WD (Automatic 4-spd) 16 $4,800

Conclusion

The most fuel efficient car of 1990 is the Geo Metro XFI. It has a combined MPG of 47 and costs $1,350 per year to drive it.

The most fuel efficient non-electric car of 1990 is the Volkswagen Jetta. It has a combined MPG of 34 and costs $2,250 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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