The Fiat 500 is 139 inches of A-segment fury, with a heaping dose of cute and a dash of fuel efficiency. In fact, the manual transmission-equipped cinquecento averages 33 miles per gallon in mixed driving, which is better than most things on the road.

Impressed? Toyota isn't. The Detroit Free Press reports that the Japanese automaker told dealers at the National Automobile Dealers Association meeting in Las Vegas, NV recently that the next generation Avalon will get better fuel economy than the wee Fiat.

Since the current generation Avalon is five feet longer and considerably wider than the 500, that's an impressive claim. Heck, the Avalon is bigger than the Camry, and buyers currently have to step into a Camry Hybrid model to surpass the fuel economy numbers of the pint-sized Fiat.

The sky-high fuel economy of the Avalon wasn't the only good news Toyota delivered to dealers. The automaker reportedly informed the car-selling audience that 19 new models were coming in 2012.


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      PR
      • 1 Day Ago
      Toyota's burn to the ground anyways, so MPG doesn't matter. "Federal safety regulators are investigating reports of fires in the driver's side doors of 2007 Toyota Camry sedans and RAV-4 crossover SUVs. The probe could affect as many as 830,000 vehicles" http://finance.yahoo.com/news/feds-investigate-door-fires-2007-140214771.html All is fair in love and flames, right?
        EZEE
        • 1 Day Ago
        @PR
        I read your post, then LOL'd, then saw the down votes. People need to calm the eff down. Ironically, these are neither hybrids not electrics catching on fire! :D
          EZEE
          • 1 Day Ago
          @EZEE
          wow, tough crowd....
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        @PR
        You must have lost your overpaid union job? You the the type white garbage folks who have nothing but a GED have? Well they did not need a bail out from japan now did they/...whats chrysler now....ITS ITALIAN...SINCE THEY OWN THEM...and GM=garbage motors....I love toyota , their cars and they will always make a superior product to americans.
      DaveMart
      • 1 Day Ago
      Well, it won't beat this: 'On February 4, Sergio Marchionne, Chrysler's chief executive officer, confirmed that the US automaker is developing an electric Fiat 500. For the record, Marchionne tweeted: "At Chrysler, we are working on an electric version of the Fiat 500 that we’ll begin manufacturing later this year." Marchionne's tweet hit the webosphere during the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention and Expo—an annual automotive dealers conference held in Las Vegas. Expect the 2013 Fiat 500 electric hatchback to feature a motor that cranks out close to 100 horsepower, and sport a battery pack that's capable of returning between 80 and 100 miles or real-world range. The electrified 500 has been spotted testing on public roads, but not much is known of the electric Cinquecento. Absent are production numbers and price, which are two of the most important factors in determining Fiat's actual electric vehicle intentions.' http://www.plugincars.com/ceo-sergio-marchionne-confirms-2012-production-electric-fiat-500-112054.html Toyota do not intend letting the hoi polloi get their hands on their electric IQ: 'Toyota's Lentz said the electrified Scion iQ will have a range of 50 miles or less, and that the minicar will be a fleet-only vehicle. It's expected that most of the 100 or so Scion iQ EVs will be sold to car-sharing programs in urban areas in the US.' http://www.plugincars.com/toyota-reveals-details-electric-rav4-scion-iq-launch-111538.html
      lasertekk
      • 1 Day Ago
      Why rehash this story? It already got played out on AB, being reduced to name calling event.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 1 Day Ago
      isn't the GMC Terrain rated around that level as well? when did a GMC Terrain become green? I didn't get the memo
        mapoftazifosho
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        26 combined and that's according to the EPA, but I suspect that's a tad inflated...
      EZEE
      • 1 Day Ago
      I notice that many of the super mini cars do not get the mileage one would think. I mean, do any of these cars (500, Mini Cooper, Smart) get the mileage that a Geo Metro/Chevy Sprint got? I know about the extra weight (Dan Grumbles) with safety features, but then, a Metro is somewhat larger than a Smart car, or 500. Good job to Toyota (again)! This is one reason why I personally prefer the mileage rules opposed to a gas tax. We may still have larger cars with the milage rules, but just ones with great mpg. Much as I like the things Ford is doing, Toyota and GM have some great stuff out there. Now Honda, Chrysler/Fiat, V-Dub...time to move a bit quicker...(especially Honda - wtf?).
      Ace Convoy
      • 1 Day Ago
      I like the current facelifted Avalon. Let's see where this goes.
      winc06
      • 1 Day Ago
      If the Avalon beats the FIAT in fuel economy it is going to be close and is focused on one narrow parameter. On the other hand, the extra cost of the Avalon will buy gasoline for decades for the FIAT. So Toyota is selling a strange "economy" here. If they were talking about CO2 emissions and earth impact it might also be hard to sell a car that uses 50 percent more of the earth's resources to build.
        EZEE
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        @winc06
        If the fiat lasts 1/3 as long as the Toyota I will be shocked.
      MTN RANGER
      • 1 Day Ago
      Obviously for a new Avalon to get 33+ MPG combined it will have to be a hybrid. I just don't see any other way. Even the brand new Camry only gets 25 (4cyl) and 28 (V6) MPG combined.
      DRstrangelove
      • 1 Day Ago
      fix it again tony
      paulwesterberg
      • 1 Day Ago
      Small upright cars have with poor aerodynamics and conventional drive-trains achieve mediocre mileage.
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