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The most efficient gasoline-powered vehicle might surprise you

Gasoline-powered vehicles are going through a rough patch.

Gas prices have hit record highs in the U.S.

Gas prices have hit record highs in the U.S.
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Gas prices remain near record highs as supply chain constraints caused by the coronavirus pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continue to strangle supplies as demand rebounds.

Trucks and large SUVs are being hit hardest, with a fill-up costing $100 and more in some places, but there are a few vehicles out that aren’t electric, but are still very economical.

Fox News Autos Test Drive: 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Video

The Toyota Highlander Hybrid is the biggest family car that gets 35 mpg, the Toyota Sienna hybrid minivan as rated 36 mpg, and the new Ford Maverick Hybrid pickup is rated at 37 mpg.

Test drive: 2021 Toyota Sienna Video

Even at $4.25 per gallon, the average driver will need to spend just $150 or so each month to drive them and $5 gasoline would push that to $180.

Test drive: 2022 Ford Maverick hybrid Video

A compact car like the Toyota Corolla Hybrid costs just $105 monthly to drive, thanks to its 52 mpg rating, and the 56 mpg Toyota Prius brings that below $100. However, despite the Prius’ reputation as the granddaddy of hybrids it’s not even the most fuel efficient vehicle.

The Hyundai Ioniq is the most efficient car ever sold without a plug.

The Hyundai Ioniq is the most efficient car ever sold without a plug.
(Hyundai)

That title belongs to the Hyundai Ioniq, which is a four-door hatchback like the Prius, but has a fuel economy rating of 59 mpg, the most of any car ever sold in the U.S. that doesn’t get plugged in. It costs just $92 to fill up every four weeks and also has a base price of $24,645, which makes it one of the most affordable cars on sale today.

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Just don’t confuse it with the Hyundai Ioniq 5 compact SUV, which is an all-electric model that eliminates concerns about gas prices, but starts at $45,245.

Test drive: 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Video

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Gary Gastelu is Fox News Digital’s Automotive Editor.

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