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Family Cars That Can Save You More Fuel In 2023

A family car that doesn’t use up too much gas is always a welcome feature for car owners, especially parents. Nowadays, living on a budget can be a tough balancing act, especially if you have a family of your own. Saving a few pesos on your gas bill can mean more money for other important things, such as better food for your family, extra cash to add to your investments or buying your dream home earlier. The benefits are endless, if you think about it.

One of the best ways to save up on gas is to buy fuel efficient cars. In fact, buying a vehicle that is 10 miles per gallon more efficient in consuming fuel can help you save a lot of money over time. The trick is knowing which family cars give you the best mileage.

Here are the top 10 most fuel efficient family cars according to DOE’s 2016 Fuel Efficiency Test**

10. SUV – Kia Sportage (Diesel) – 20.6km/L

Monthly fuel cost (Assuming 1,000km per month) ₱2,652.00 - ₱7,058.00

If you are in the market for a fuel-efficient crossover, then you should look into Kia Sportage. This car’s interior is as good as it gets, with premium materials wherever you look. It also has ample room for storage during out of town trips or a grocery run. 

Safety isn’t compromised as it has up to 6 airbags, SRS, downhill brake control, stability control, child seat anchors, blind spot detection and autonomous emergency braking which uses radar detection to prevent possible collision or hitting a pedestrian.

9. Sedan – Mitsubishi Mirage G4 (Gasoline) – 22.8km/L

Price ₱769,000.00
Monthly fuel cost (Assuming 1,000km per month) ₱2,697.36-₱5,000.00

The Mitsubishi Mirage G4 is the perfect car for small families. It has spacious legroom even for the above average Filipinos and enough cargo space for the things you need to bring to your next family trip. 

This car features dual SRS airbags in the front, Anti-lock braking system paired with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution for more safety on the road especially during rainy conditions and a frame enhance by Mitsubishi’s own Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) to effectively absorb impact in case of a collision protecting its passengers.

8. SUV – Honda CR V SX 9AT (Diesel) – 22km/L

Price ₱ 3,290,000.00
Monthly fuel cost (Assuming 1,000km per month)₱2,484.09-₱7,142.00

The Honda CR V SX is a vehicle packed with safety features such as the new Honda SENSING package that provides collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist system and lane departure warning as well as Anti-lock braking system and dual SRS airbags.

Storage and seating space is not a problem for the Honda CR V. It can accommodate 7 people comfortably and if you happen to be on your own or with just one passenger at the front, you can fold the back seats to hold up to 900 liters of storage space for whatever you need to bring to your trip.

7. *Hatchback – Toyota Wigo 1.0 TRD S AT (Gasoline) – 24.3km/L

Monthly fuel cost
(Assuming 1,000km per month)

The Toyota Wigo is a compact car that boasts a stylish exterior with an efficient engine, perfect for that everyday commute in the heavy traffic in the streets of the metro. It also shares the chassis of its big brothers like the Raize and the Avanza, making it taller and wider than the previous versions. And though it may look cute, it has plenty of seating space for everyone including luggages.

6. SUV – Honda BR V 1.5 VX CVT (Gasoline) – 24.71km/L

Price ₱1,390,000.00
Monthly fuel cost (Assuming 1,000km per month)₱2,488.87 - ₱6,000.00

The Honda BR V offers good performance, comfort, a sportier exterior and interior that will surely attract small and active families. A very good 7-seater that boasts comfort and performance.

This car also offers great features like automatic climate control, USB (2x ports), Aux, AM/FM radio, Bluetooth, dual SRS bags and a whole lot more.

5. Micro SUV – Suzuki S Presso (Gasoline) – 25km/L

Price ₱620,000
Monthly fuel cost (Assuming 1,000km per month)₱2,460.00 - ₱4,166

The Suzuki S Presso is a small hatchback that is known for its substantially high ground clearance compared to other cars of its class. This 5 seater features dual airbags, 7-inch touchscreen display for its audio unit, engine auto start stop system to save fuel, and a spacious 239 liter luggage space.

4. *Hatchback – Kia Picanto (Gasoline) – 26km/L

Price ₱590,000.00
Monthly fuel cost (Assuming 1,000km per month)₱2,365.38 - ₱6,000.00

The Kia Picanto may be a compact city hatchback, but it doesn’t compromise when it comes to spacious seating and compartments. Ditching the chubby look of the earlier model it now looks compact but aggressive, ready to squeeze in and out of the traffic of daily urban commute. 

This 5-door hatchback features audio remote controls, bluetooth hands free for the young professionals on-the-go, folding rear seats and dual-level luggage board for those who want extra room for their belongings.

3. MPV – Suzuki Ertiga (Hybrid) – 26km/L

Price ₱954,000.00
Monthly fuel cost (Assuming 1,000km per month)₱2,365.38 - ₱6,185.56

This perhaps is one of the best family vehicles in the market right now – both price and fuel consumption. The Ertiga boasts a 7 person seating capacity – the perfect vehicle to house a group of friends or family while still having adequate space for luggage or groceries with its wide tailgate opening that ensures fast and easy loading and unloading. You can place your pet’s crate at the back together with some luggage and come out happy in the end.

2. Sedan – Suzuki Dzire (Gasoline) – 26.5 km/L

Price ₱609,000.00
Monthly fuel cost (Assuming 1,000km per month)₱2,320.75 - ₱5,000.00

The Dzire is one of the cheapest cars you could buy right now while being fuel efficient at the same time. It boasts a 5-person seating capacity while still having enough storage space for all your stuff when you go on a quick weekend escapade.

1. *Hatchback – Suzuki Celerio 1.0 FWD CVT (Gasoline) – 28.25km/L

Price ₱708,000.00
Monthly fuel cost (Assuming 1,000km per month)₱2,176.99 - ₱5,450.00

Like most people, the Suzuki Celerio has finally grown up — even to the point of becoming a good car for very small families. Thanks to its foldable rear bench and compact design, the Celerio surprisingly offers good cabin space that can even compete with Toyota Vios’ or Mitsubishi Mirage’s interior space.

Equipped with ABS, Power Steering and Engine Auto Start Stop, you are confident with each drive as well as save more fuel with its features and light but rigid construction.


Nowadays it’s no longer difficult to shop for a high-performing car, but finding one that’s fuel efficient and is within your budget can be quite challenging. As the new tax reform that seeks to impose more taxes on fuel close in to getting approved, it’s only practical to own a car that could buffer your fuel expenses from skyrocketing.  So, if you’re planning to buy a car sometime soon, the most practical choice would be these fuel-efficient cars.


*These vehicles consume the cheapest fuel (when driven for every 1,000 kilometers) due to their size and engine.
**The cars are driven through a 280-kilometer course with a maximum speed of 80 km/h with their air conditioner at full blast. Each car is required to be filled up to the brim, driven through the course, and re-fueled again. The results were calculated by dividing the kilometers traveled by the fuel consumed (the full tank method).


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