• Jul 25th 2008 at 1:01PM
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The final 2007 model year tally of corporate average fuel economy for automakers selling cars in the U.S. is done, and Toyota came out on top of the heap again among the big brands. However, Toyota was not the overall winner. That honor went to none other than Lotus with 30.2 mpg! Lotus however is a very small fish in a huge if shrinking pond, having only sold six hundred 2007 model cars here. Toyota sold a couple more than that and averaged 29.69 mpg with its lineup of Priuses, Camrys, Corollas and Tundras. The no. 1 brand edged out Honda and Hyundai, which got 29.47 and 29.39 respectively. The Detroit based automakers? Well, not so good. GM, Ford and the then DaimlerChrysler brought up the rear with 25.16, 25.15 and 23.97. The 2008 numbers should show a significant improvement for all three companies now that truck sales have gone in the toilet and they are selling whatever smaller cars they have as fast as they can build them. Chrysler will also benefit by not including Mercedes-Benz in its numbers.

The averages are sales weighted and based on fuel economy numbers from 1970s era test procedures rather than the new lower mileage numbers that can be found on current window stickers, so keep that in mind. You can check out the full report at the NHTSA web-site including numbers for previous model years.

[Source: NHSTA, via Toyota Open Road Blog, Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Tell me why I should care?

      When I buy a vehicle, I buy what I LIKE and fuel economy is second. As long as it's not outrageous (under 15) I could care less.
        • 7 Years Ago
        people who need trucks buy trucks (sometimes they buy them just because they are sweet to have)
        people buy SUVs who need cargo and people capacity.
        people buy Toyotas who have no loyalty for the country they live and pay taxes in (the U.S.).
        you see, people will do what they want independent of which company ranks the highest on this list.
        as the former Big 3 sell more cars you will see their number go up as well.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @ CW

        "people buy Toyotas who have no loyalty for the country they live and pay taxes in (the U.S.)."

        Ya know, even China lets people buy want they want... And they are a communist country.
        • 7 Years Ago
        "Tell me why I should care?

        When I buy a vehicle, I buy what I LIKE and fuel economy is second. As long as it's not outrageous (under 15) I could care less."

        Because this is all about you. Right?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Not to mention that you're not going to buy a whole fleet of vehicles from the same brand (or at all).

        This only exists so the top rated company can brag about it in its commercials. And once again, Honda didn't capitalize on it for the past decade, but Toyota surely will immediately.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @ C.W.
        Loyalty to ones county has nothing to do with what we purchase, but what we do to up hold our countries idea. Which is liberty and freedom for all. So if I don't buy a single domestic thing you can kiss my import loving ass. FYI american's profit off of imports too in retail and in the more obvious import taxes.

        • 7 Years Ago
        "When I buy a vehicle, I buy what I LIKE and fuel economy is second. As long as it's not outrageous (under 15) I could care less."

        Oh the irony...
        • 7 Years Ago
        lol CW, everything you own is all 100% American made right? Because otherwise you're an evil traitor. To redeem yourself I suggest that you throw your computer out the window (since there's about a 99% chance that your computer and it's components are not made in the USA) and stop posting troll dung on the internet.

        Only a complete moron would buy things only if they're made in the USA. I guess anybody who drinks german beer is also a traitor right? We're only allowed to drink Budweiser now? Oh wait a minute, Budweiser is now German so I guess we'd still be traitors.

        Better throw your television out and go buy an American made set. Oh wait, no American made television actually works with modern digital TV broadcasts do they! And while us traitors could go buy a digital converter box, those aren't made in the USA either. Guess you can't watch TV either. Also, feel free to unscrew all your light bulbs, since those aren't made in the USA either.

        And really who needs to eat or cook food right? Better throw out the vast majority of appliances in your kitchen from your coffee maker to your toaster to your range/oven.

        When you're done getting rid of all your traitor goods go sit in your unlit and dark house with no television or computers or anything to cook with, and live the good loyal american life! Oh, and don't bother ever eating any bananas again or half the fruits and vegetables sold at your supermarket. If you ever eat another banana you'll be betraying AMERICAN APPLES!

        Come to think of it, since our sugar is also imported, you should avoid ever eating anything that contains sugar ever again. Go back to living a life that people lived before trade ever began, one without spices, sugar, rum, and devoid of any technology. The rest of us? We're not so stupid as to think that buying goods from elsewhere is in any way betraying our countries, since free trade benefits all the countries involved.

        And seriously? Other countries continue buying our airplanes, and even plenty of our goods. I'm in Shanghai right now (where Shanghai GM is) and it's like I'm in detroit with the amount of Buicks and Chevys I see. Ironically I see more GM vehicles here than I've ever seen on the east coast or west coast.

        With your brilliant logic we'd all be stuck in the dark ages spending our whole days toiling in some crappy field to grow the same gruel that you'd eat every day for your short, short, life.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Lotus for the last several years has been selling only the Elise and Exige, which are both extremely lightweight, four-cylinder powered sports cars with relatively modest horsepower (with the light weight, a large / powerful / thirsty engine is not needed to provide good performance).
      • 7 Years Ago
      Actually, with as many low economy trucks sold by the big 3, recently reduced production should see a pretty big jump in that average. Seems like they should be able to net 4 mpg easy.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "people buy Toyotas who have no loyalty for the country they live and pay taxes in (the U.S.). "
      How many people build Toyota's in this country now moron? Time to step into the 21st century.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Those are total shifts in numbers. A couple years ago GM was around 22, along with Nissan and Toyota about 2 mpg better. At the time, Ford was much lower. Honda was beating them all, but was below 30. Wish I had a source to cite.

      Was there a change in the way it is calculated? Toyota has been getting worse every year for decades and sudenly has improved?
      • 7 Years Ago
      i wonder what the fleet weighted averages for power/weight are =P
      • 7 Years Ago
      how did Lotus get so high?

      can somebody elaborate on their MPG figures?

      i dun know much about European cars.
      (not my particular interest.)
        • 7 Years Ago
        Small and very light cars powered by the same engines that Toyota is using in larger and heavier cars.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Lotus' engines are 1.8L, two of them come from....


        • 7 Years Ago
        Lotus only really produces 1 car, all the models are variants of the single car.

        They make a Lotus Elise which has a Toyota 1.8L 190hp 4 cylinder, 6 manual transmission only in a 1980lb package. They also make an Extige which is a Elise with a hardtop and some variants that include superchargers, but Lotus makes nothing over ~230-240hp, no automatics, no sedans, no trucks and absolutely nothing over ~2150lbs so high fuel economy is easy to achieve, considering a BMW 335i weighs 3500+lbs.
      • 7 Years Ago
        • 7 Years Ago
        Well, since a car company's impact on fuel consumption is mostly a function of how many vehicles they sell, it's fairly meaningless to use the comparison on the other site, since a car company that only sells 2 models, one that gets 100mpg and one that get 5 mpg would end up with an "average" MPG of a little over 50mpg, even if they only sold 100 of the 5MPG vehicles a year for a specialized purpose, but they sold 5 million of the 100mpg car. An extreme example, but the CAFE ratings would much more correctly reflect how efficient the actual cars sold are, not some theoretical efficiency if everyone bought the exact same number of every model a company makes.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Opps, I did a typo in that math - sorry. I meant to say:

        For every ONE 20 MPG car you sell, you have to sell ONE 40 mpg cars to reach 30 mpg CAFE avearge.

        If you sell 4, 20 mpg cars and only 2, 40 mpg cars, your average will drop to 26.7.

        Who knew that Chevy's line-up is more fuel efficient than Toyota's?

      • 7 Years Ago
      Not the new lower mileage... so it's still counting the Prius as if it's a 60mpg car?
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's CAFE. Who cares the actual "weighted" average does not really mean that much.

      Fuel mileage is a consideration when I purchase but not an overiding or only item. In many of the comparisons the difference is about one gallon of fuel per fill-up. 4 bucks? Not really worth talking about.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Interesting, but who has the highest average horsepower ratings?
        • 7 Years Ago
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm not as certain, SSC seems to be leading the pack to the best of my knowledge.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Given the number of trucks sold by GM / Ford / Chrysler, is it really a surprise to see such numbers? When one compares category by category, things look a little different.

      There is a Tundra ad that runs in Indiana that pisses me off. It states that the Tundra is built by "the fuel economy leader," after which, in quick succession, the words "USE" "LESS" "GAS" flash on the screen. To me, it is intentionally set up to mislead the public as to the Tundra's position in the pickup fuel efficiency heirarchy.
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