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The United States Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy have released the latest Fuel Economy Guide, listing the most fuel-efficient vehicles available in the States. Once again, the Toyota Prius tops this chart, besting the competition with its EPA ratings of 51/48 miles per gallon city/highway.

Beyond the Prius, the list of fuel economy leaders is rounded out with the usual cast of characters, including the Ford Fusion Hybrid (as well as its Milan and MKZ counterparts), Honda Civic Hybrid, Lexus HS 250h and more. You won't find Volkswagen's oil-burning Golf TDI or Jetta TDI on the list, though, even though their 30/42 mpg is immensely respectable.

As for newcomer EVs like the Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf and Smart Fortwo Electric Drive, the EPA states that "no 2011 model year electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles have completed testing as of publication of this list." Once the EPA decides how it is going to rate electric vehicle fuel economy, we'll see these vehicles included in the list of fuel economy leaders, and the Toyota Prius will likely lose its first place crown.



[Sources: EPA, AutoblogGreen]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      So I have a question. The MPG Is 51/48, why does it average better in the city over highway? In "regular" cars it's vice versa.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's most efficient when it can take maximum advantage of the electric motor. Unlike a regular car that takes a big hit slowing down and speeding back up the Prius' regenerative brakes make that less of an issue. So being in a city environment where it can use the electric motor or gas engine depending on what the computer decides is most efficient is better than the highway where it's basically running the gas motor all the time.
        48mpg on the highway is pretty damned good though, it's not feather light and even with the motor running almost all the time it's still pulling it off. I'm guessing it's largely a matter of aerodynamics.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think we all can agree that it is no '68 Charger, in terms of looks, but attractive styling is not the main focus of vehicles like this. It is intended to be an appliance, and now that a list of celebs drive them, one that makes a statement.

      I share your sentiment though. lol
      • 4 Years Ago
      imo i think this is a good looking car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll take the oil burning VW.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love how, when the CR-Z came out, everybody panned it for having not very good mpg numbers. And yet both versions are in the top ten most fuel efficient vehicles for sale. Just cracks me up endlessly. People have no sense of proportion, or of actual facts.

      And, if you look at the sticker, the city and the highway mileage are in the middle of a range of numbers. It says something like: "Drivers can expect to get within this range" and it is 4 or 5 mpg on either side of the number. So of course some will get worse mpg and some will get better. I cannot stand stories about how one person, one time, got such and such mileage on their whatever car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        CR-Z is a hybrid, seriously under-powered, small, light, and 2-seater vehicle. 37 combined mpg isn't a good number for that kind of vehicle.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think the problem is that it's a two seater, whereas the other cars on the list...even further up on the list are much larger cars that seat 5. I think people just had really high expectations after the original Insight.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Most of the people are complaining about ugliness of Prius but in the real world it's a really working machine...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I drove one about 500 miles from northern Minnesota to northern Illinois and averaged 61 mpg. As far as fuel efficiency goes it's good compared to a lot of other cars (still not as good as it should be but that's a different article).

      My only grief is that it's incredibly boring to drive (it has no soul) an it's got a crapload of blindspots and it is heavy. If you try to quickly maneuver around anything at speeds greater than 30 mph you definitely feel the weight in the backend. But for taking a 500 mile road trip, we never technically needed to stop for gas and it was comfortable. So it was a good choice for this trip.
        Cristi Baciu
        • 1 Year Ago
        Very nice... I will buy also a PRIUS, tired of wasting too much money of gas, in Chicago, where the gas is the most expensive in the country. I have a FORD F150 and I put $250-$300/month just for little 5,6-10 miles trips, but I drove a lot in the city with different business.... It gets around 11 MPG, my 2000 FORD F150. If I buy a PRIUS, in the city I will get 50 MPG more than 4 times... WOW that`s savings in fuel!!!!!! :)))
      • 4 Years Ago
      Keep the Prius articles coming.
      My 10 year old Prius is still going strong and averaging 50 mpg!
      • 4 Years Ago
      2011 Toyota Prius is ugliest looking car leader for one more year ;)
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't know.... Nissan Juke, I mean you have to wear a brown bag on your head to drive that car.

        Prius is still that all time smug car though.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Although I do not make my car buying decisions on environmental factors, I get a huge smug feeling when driving my sister's prius because I just revived the pengiun you killed. If the penguin is jesus, you killed him and i am god.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Different strokes for different folks. Honestly this car is nothing compared looks of the smart cars out there but, I digress. Prius is stylish for what it's trying to accomplish and it could look a lot worse....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good for you Prius :)


      Hard working little car that does what it designed to do.. does it looking good too. I would take on in red.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You know what, good for Toyota for creating a hybrid that truly bests any other in fuel economy. It seems like a pretty big achievement to me, all negative stigmas aside. I know many people who are not environmentalists who drive a Prius simply because of its superior fuel economy.

      As a side bonus, unintended acceleration isn't an issue, because it takes a Prius 4 lunar cycles to get past jogging pace.

      FYI, I would have a VW or Audi diesel, but I can see the case made for those who care nothing about the driving experience for a Prius.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "driving experience for a Prius."

        The Pruis isnt a 206... but for the driving its going to do.. it agile and lights on its feet. Its smooth and comfotable.. how is that any less of a driving experiance ?

        Going fast and sticking corners isnt the only driving experiance cars offer.
      • 4 Years Ago
      to the Editor: why doesn't the VW TDi occupy the list ?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I've pulled off 37mpg on a few trips in a 2004 V6 Malibu. Some people get better than EPA mileage, others get worse. The point is that if you want to compare one vehicle to another, you need to have a standardized test. The EPA therefore takes these cars all on the exact same drive cycle on a dyno and tells us what they get. I can't think of any better way to do it, can you? I guess they could setup a database that would compile mileage numbers from drivers across the country. But then the results would be biased by the fact that a typical Mustang driver is more of a lead-foot than a Camry driver, so the Mustang's numbers would be lower than the Camry's even though the cars themselves might actually be pretty comparable.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The EPA estimate for the VW diesel city mileage is a joke. My daughter and Son-in-Law have an '09 Jetta. They average 35-36 in town, and they're both kinda lead foots. I took it for a road trip and saw 46 avg, which included 5000' mountain passes, 80MPH freeway, and hours of puttering up and down the Oregon coast. I have no doubt I could have hit 50mpg with just a smooth freeway trip.

        And talk about a nice driving car, that diesel is sweet!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, really. The EPA says 30/42 with 34 "combined" but I routinely get 38. All of those numbers beat the bottom couple, and in reality would be better in real life than all but the top 3.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The list is the top ten for city fuel economy. The TDI is further down the list when ordered for city fuel economy. If it were highway, or even combined it would make the list.
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