When buying either a used vehicle or a new vehicle every buyer usually considers the running costs above other factors. Today in Kenya fuel prices have continued to rise and through an analysis of previous fuel prices over the years, they are not likely to go down anytime soon. With that in mind, every car buyer would obviously wish to know which are the most fuel-efficient cars in Kenya and perhaps in the world. Today with the advancement of hybrid and electric technology cars the list of most fuel efficient cars is dominated by these electric and hybrid models. However, that doesn’t mean the old–fashioned internal combustion engine fitted cars aren’t kick-in. Still, there are a good number of gasoline-powered cars that have outdone both electric and hybrid cars in our list of most fuel efficient cars in Kenya. Here is our list of the topmost fuel efficient cars and making to the top most is the old guard the Toyota Prius Prime plug in hybrid which has been recorded at 54 mpg in the city and 133 mpg on the highway. With that in mind let’s introduce to you the topmost fuel efficient cars in Kenya today.
1.Toyota Prius Plug-in
The Toyota Prius is the undisputed king in the list of the most fuel-efficient cars we have in the world today. It has earned for itself the highest possible reliability score when we look at its fuel efficiency metrics compared to all other vehicle models. The Toyota Prius plug-in has bridged the gap between a traditional hybrid vehicle and a fully electric vehicle, this means, unlike the regular Prius, the plugin will allow you to drive your car at a fair distance solely on electric power even though it has a gas engine which will kick in later. Though it has a dismal performance and a mediocre interior it’s among the most fuel-efficient cars in the world today. A used Toyota Prius plug 2014 model will cost you between ksh 1,000,000 to ksh 1,300,000. A used Toyota Prius can cost about ksh 600,000- ksh 700,000. The gas mileage is around 51 mpg in the city.
- Honda Fit Hybrid
The Honda fit hybrid is one of the best fuel efficient cars one can own today. It is a very excellent car in its own right and in this case among the best affordable cars one can own. Its interior is quite unique, it’s bright, very spacious and its performance Is above average. Powered by a 1.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine and a seven-speed clutch automatic the car has a consumption of 3 liters per 100kms. The engine is aided by an electric motor which provides an instant torque delivery at any RPM. In Kenya Honda Fit hybrid has been able to penetrate the market and it’s one of the cars the online taxis drivers have developed a taste on the car due to its fuel efficiency capability. A used Honda fit hybrid goes for ksh 600,000 while a 2014 model will cost about ksh 850,000.
- Suzuki Swift
Launched by Suzuki in 2010 this is one of the most popular models of Suzuki. Suzuki Swift currently is among the most fuel-efficient cars in the Kenyan market and it is affordable. The Suzuki Swift is available as a five or three-door with 1.2-liter petrol engine although there is a Suzuki Swift sport 1.6-liter engine. If you are looking for models made between 2011 and 2014 there are 1.3-liter diesel. Looking at its main rivals that’s the VW Polo and Ford Fiesta. On fuel consumption the Suzuki Swift will consume about 1 liter for every 22 km. a 2014 model Suzuki Swift will cost you between ksh 700,000- ksh 1 million.
- Mazda Verisa
Mazda Verisa is one of our pics on our list of most fuel efficient cars one can buy in Kenya. The tall hatchback which has a boxy shape which you might confuse for mini MPV was launched in Japan in 2004 and though it hasn’t gained such a huge market share in Kenya it is still among the topmost fuel-efficient cars one can buy. The 5-door subcompact hatchback has very good ground clearance, has a chic overall exterior, and its very spacious even for tall passengers making it a great buy for its price. The fuel consumption of Mazda Verisa is around 19km/liter. The engine is powered by a 4-liter cylinder, 1.5-liter MZR engine. The fuel tank volume of Mazda Verisa is 42L. The car goes from about Ksh 700,000 to ksh 800,000.
Toyota Aqua is which goes by the name Toyota Prius C is a full hybrid hatchback fitted with 1NZ-1LM 1.5 – liter engine which is fitted on an electric motor that has an output power of 74 KW. Toyota Aqua has been named one of the most fuel efficient cars that Toyota has made to date. The car can make it to 34 km/Litre making it more fuel efficient than Mazda Demio, Honda Fit, Nissan Note, Axio, Belta among others of its class. Toyota Aqua has started gaining market ground in Kenya and a 2014 model will fetch for ksh 800,000 – ksh 1 million.
- Nissan Note
Nissan Note is one of the most fuel efficient cars you can find today. It’s practically a small subcompact car built with two main central priorities among them is getting you to your destination and doing so without consuming too much fuel. The Nissan note has tried to be a rival of Ford Fiesta but ford has a higher quality feel and just drives better. Nissan note is neither too quick nor too sporty though they have a sporty model known as Nissan Note Nismo. On the positive side, the Nissan Note is stylish, modern-looking has exceptional space efficiency and has a very well-planned interior. The engine range is small making it very fuel efficient. The high-tech infotainment system fitted in a Nissan Note is something to admire though the sound isn’t the best. The Nissan Note has three engine versions the 1.2 DiG-S, a 97bhp supercharged version, the 1.5 liter and there is a 1.6-liter engine. The best among all is the 1.2 DiG-S, a 97bhp supercharged version that will give you 19 km/L. In Kenya, Nissan note price varies depending on the model and it can cost between ksh 650,000-ksh 850,000.
The Mazda Demio is another model of Mazda that has made it to our list of the top fuel efficient cars you could buy in Kenya. The supermini car was manufactured in 1996 and it’s a 5-door compact hatchback. The Mazda Demio won the 2008 World Car of the year award due to its superb handling, tight turning radius, quality performance, little maintenance, and being a very fuel efficient car. The Mazda Demio fuel consumption is around 18Km/l-21km/l. it has three variants a 1.3l, 1.5 l, and 1.5l manual.in Kenya, the price of a Mazda Demio is about ksh 700,000- ksh 850,000. A fairly used Mazda Demio will cost you about Ksh 450,000 to ksh 550,000.
- Honda Insight
One of the least expensive hybrid cars in the market today and among the most fuel efficient cars you can go for is the Honda Insight. This model has been phased out already it Honda stopped manufacturing it in 2015 after it failed to reach the sales numbers perhaps they hoped for. Today the Honda Insight has been outgunned on its own category by other hybrid hatchbacks which are more fuel efficient and way cheaper than itself such as the Toyota Prius C. the 2014 model was just a revamp of 2012 with just a new battery pack and minor styling updates and with the same look of a Toyota Prius. In Kenya today the 2014 Honda Insight goes for ksh 900,000 to ksh 1 million. On Fuel consumption, it can manage 22km per liter and it has an engine size of 995 to 1495cc. a fairly used Honda Insight would go from ksh 550,000 to ksh 700,000.
- Toyota Passo
Toyota Passo as you know it, it’s among the most fuel efficient cars and also among the cheapest in the market you can go for. It was manufactured by a joint development between Daihatsu Motors Corporation and Toyota Motor Corporation. The car is sold under the name “Boone” from Daihatsu. This is a combination of Daihatsu small car development and Toyota production know-how. The 5 doors subcompact hatchback car has two engine types there is the 1 liter and there is a 1.3-liter engine. This car has good storage space and when you look at its maintenance cost its on the lower end. On fuel consumption, the Toyota Passo can go for 28km/l. a Toyota Passo 2014 model is going for ksh 700,000- ksh 850,000 while a fairly used one will cost about ksh 450,000.
- Nissan March
The Nissan March couldn’t be skipped in our list of Kenya’s most efficient fuel cars one can buy. It was presented in 1982 and has gain recognition both in Japan and the world at large. The most demanded models of Nissan March are 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 models. The car can do well in rough terrains, the engine offers decent performance, and above all its equipped with a 1.2-liter three-cylinder but the Nismo model is equipped with 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine. The Nissan March, therefore, is among the most fuel-efficient cars out there with 18 – 23km/L. in Kenya Nissan march price is between ksh 650,000 to ksh 750,000 that’s a 2014 model however a fairly used 2010,2011 and 2012 model can fetch about ksh 400,000 to ksh 550,000.
- Suzuki Alto
The Suzuki Alto is an Indian manufactured car and one of the popular cars in Kenya today. Its most popular with those in the business of taxi especially those who operate the taxi-hailing apps uber, little cab, and Bolt. The car is hated and loved by many in equal measures. For those who love it among their reasons is the fuel economy considering there is a Suzuki Alto with 700cc. Those who hate it have a reason to consider it’s a 3.5 meters long which tells you it can be spacious enough and there are no frills just a very dated and basic car. On fuel consumption, Suzuki Alto will offer you 20 – 37km/L. in case you’re looking to buy a Suzuki Alto the price of a 2014 model is about ksh 530,000 to ksh 600,000. A fairly used one a 2011 or a 2012 model can cost about ksh 300,000 to ksh 400,000.
- Mitsubishi Mirage
The Mitsubishi Mirage is among the most fuel efficient cars we have today in the market. It’s fairly a small car that was introduced in the market in 1978 then halted in 2003 before it resumed production in 2012. The vehicle has replaced the Mitsubishi Colt which was a popular car among racing enthusiasts since it had 1.5L turbo. Today the Mitsubishi Mirage comes with a docile 1.0L engine and its best for city errands since it cannot mount any meaningful race. The car competes with Suzuki Alto, Daihatsu Mira, and Nissan March. Today in Kenya the Mitsubishi Mirage 2014 goes for ksh 650,000 to ksh 850,000 depending on mileage and the model.
- Daihatsu Mira
Daihatsu Mira is not only one of the most fuel efficient cars out there you can find but also one of the cheapest cars you can purchase. It’s manufactured by the Japanese car manufacturer Daihatsu and was introduced in the 1980s. The car has a variety of options and chassis variations as well. Daihatsu Mira has four models that are the Mira Gino, Mira, Mira Van, and Mira AVY. Among the most preferred models is the Daihatsu Mira 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016. The car has a three-cylinder motor and comes with a 669cc engine and 1000 cc engine. The 660c engine produces 58 hp and the other turbocharged produces 63 hp. On average the fuel consumption of Daihatsu Mira is around 25 MPG. The price of Daihatsu Mira in Kenya is around ksh 550,000 to ksh 600,000 for a 2014 model and a fairly used one is below ksh 400,000.
- Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Review
Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid car is among the best in the category of fuel efficient cars one can consider buying today. Though one would this the Hyundai Ioniq hybrid resembles Toyota Prius well there is also some resemblance on fuel consumption. The car has a petrol engine and also runs on an electric motor. On pricing, the Toyota Ioniq hybrid costs less than the Prius. The Hyundai Ioniq has a fuel consumption of 4.1l /100 km and 47 kilometers of electric range.
- Toyota Vitz
The Toyota Vitz is among the most fuel-efficient cars one can buy today. The Toyota Vitz boasts a high efficiency 1.3-liter VVT-I technology. The engine has also been modified with a system idling stop and enhanced with a continuously variable transmission intelligence. The gasoline consumption of a Toyota Vitz is 3.8 liters per 100 km which is about 25 km per liter. In Kenya, Toyota Vitz 2014 model can cost around ksh 800,000 and a fairly used Toyota Vitz will cost about ksh 600,000.
16.Toyota Corolla Axio
Toyota Corolla Axio is among the world’s best-selling Toyota Cars. In Kenya for instance this is among the best-selling sedan and with the hybrid model being in the picture it has become one of the most fuel efficient cars you can find. An Axio Hybrid can consume a liter of gasoline and make it to 33 km that’s the 1496cc hybrid version. There is also the 1.8 liter with a 4-cylinder engine but still, it’s fuel effective. The Toyota Axio price in Kenya is around ksh 1,000,000 to ksh 1,400,000 depending on the year of manufacture.
Toyota Corolla Fielder hybrid is now among the most fuel efficient cars one could find in the market. It has an Atkinson-Cycle engine and a cooled exhaust gas recirculation system which has improved the efficiency of the engine way better than the old model of Toyota Corolla Fielder. The car is equipped with a 1.5-liter hybrid system which is almost similar to the Toyota Prius C and it can achieve 33km per liter. In Kenya the price of a Toyota Fielder is about ksh 1.2 m to ksh 1.4m. a fairly used Toyota fielder will cost about Ksh 800,000.
- Toyota Spade
The Toyota Spade is almost similar to Toyota Porte although there are some noticeable differences especially on the body styling of Toyota Spade. Toyota Spade came to address the shortcomings of Toyota Porte which dint do so well in the market and received a lot of backlashes and negative feedback. Today the Spade has been modified and you can see it has some sharper headlights, it’s spacious and has an angular bumper which gives it a more respectable look. Among the competitors of Toyota Spade are the VW Candy, Nissan Cube, and Mazda Scrum. The Toyota spade comes with a 1.3L 1NR-FE and 1.5 L 1NR-FE engine which makes it among the best fuel consumption cars you can go for. Toyota Spade Price in Kenya is around Ksh 800,000-Ksh 900,000 for 2014 models and a fairly used vehicle will cost about Ksh 500,000-ksh 600,000.
- Toyota Porte
One of the heavily criticized vehicles one can buy is the Toyota Porte. Some people describe it as a box on wheels. Many of those drawn to Toyota Porte it’s basically due to its affordability, good fuel consumption and moreover, it’s good for business. It has a very spacious interior and it can be used for purposes of hauling cargo and carrying passengers. Depending on the Toyota Porte Grade the car comes with either a 1.3L engine or a 1.5 L engine. On Toyota Porte fuel consumption it can do 16-22 KM/L. In Kenya, Toyota Porte price is around ksh 700,000 to ksh 850,000.
- Toyota Yaris Hybrid
Did you know Toyota Yaris hybrid model is the cleanest small car in the world with CO2 emissions of just 75g/km. Toyota Yaris hybrid makes it to our list of the most fuel efficient cars one can go for having a record of 2.9 gals/100 miles. It has a 1.5-liter engine which is derived from the second generation of Toyota Prius. In Kenya the price of Toyota Yaris is about ksh 700,000 to ksh 1 million.
Above are some of the cheapest cars you can buy and also the most fuel-efficient cars you can go for. There might be other models performing better than these but we had to look at affordability as we