What we are looking for

  • It’s time for a brand new award, one that celebrates the most impressive True MPG performers we’ve tested in the past year.
  • If you’re wondering what True MPG is, it’s our test of a car’s fuel economy and emissions based on real-world driving data. We measure how cars are driven on a pre-set road route and then use this to create a virtual route on a rolling road in a laboratory. This creates a test that’s representative of real-world driving yet also repeatable.
  • Rather than just picking the three most frugal cars that we’ve tested, we consider how models perform against rivals and what pollutants come out of their exhausts. That means it isn’t just the smallest cars that will take the silverware.