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The Nissan Altima fared well in Consumer Reports' fuel ... The Nissan Altima fared well in Consumer Reports' fuel economy testing. (Nissan)
Americans trying to reduce their gasoline costs have been told for years that the answer is to do away with gas guzzling giants and switch to smaller vehicles. But a new study shows you don't have to sacrifice legroom for fuel economy.

Consumer Reports recently put several compact and midsize sedans to the test to find which were the real winners in the fuel efficiency race. The most fuel-efficient, five-passenger, gasoline economy car with an automatic transmission was the Toyota Yaris, which gets 32 mpg and served as their base for comparison.

In testing they found three popular midsize sedans that did almost as well as the Toyota Yaris: the Honda Accord at 30 mpg, Nissan Altima at 31 mpg, and the Mazda 6 at 32 mpg.
A few small sedans faired just as well as the midsized options. The Toyota Corolla and Mazda 3 Skyactiv also get 32 mpg overall. The Ford Focus gets 31, but only with a special Fuel Economy package, a $495 option. Other small cars came out as worse than the midsize options, getting between 26 and 29 mpg.

One of the reasons for the midsize sedans efficiency is aerodynamics. Larger, longer sedans give more room for air to flow smoothly around the car then smaller shorter models, which reduces drag while highway driving.

Midsize sedans are also more expensive and come with more advanced fuel systems that may not be cost-effective to use in smaller vehicles. Consumer Reports says not only are midsize sedans more comfortable and versatile, midsized sedans also safer in accidents, all other things being equal.



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      • 2 Years Ago
      What planet was Ron Wizard on - gas hit $4.00 under Bush. Republicans spout non-truths & never learn. By 2020 the US will be energy sufficient - tell that to your oil patch buddies. As noted, small cars are not energy efficient & really big cars are not safe.
      rentview
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh for goodness sakes they bought an ad from you --- Cadillac----- I remember when the Detroit Free Press beat up the US car companies------what happened to Detroit??
      Ashley
      • 2 Years Ago
      MY TOYOTA TERCEL GETS 45 MPG AND WILL PASS ANY TURTLE IN TOWN
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Ron Wizard
      • 2 Years Ago
      Reminder! Petro was only $1.87 a gal, when Obama and Democrats came to power. And they want to lecture us about energy use. I hear no one lecturing them on being totally incompetent at all aspects of their jobs. Vote them all out next time.
        Stephen
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ron Wizard
        You're going to be a very unhappy pinhead after next year's elections, dopey - and downright miserable when Hillary take office in 2016
        Jimmy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ron Wizard
        Ron, you are using the Tea Bagger lies for your numbers. According to the Petroleum Council of America, which is a Republican organization, the price of a regular gallon of gasoline was last at $1.87 on December 31, 2000. So, now we all know you're full of crap!
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jimmy
          Hey jimmy...lower case on a noun on purpose for this little jerk....Come to my town and call ME a tea bagger you little homo....It would be your LAST insult given to ANYONE.
      Ron Wizard
      • 2 Years Ago
      A gallon of gas was $1.87 when Obama and Democrats took office. Google it, if anyone want to know the truth. Democrats lie about everything, confess to nothing and are capable of making any mafia look good. Straight out of Chicago politic's play book.
      Ron Wizard
      • 2 Years Ago
      Which is more important? Saving a little petro money if you drive a small car and getting killed if involved in an accident. Or, driving a slightly larger car with good gas mileage in comfort and surviving an accident. If you're worried about carbon credits, Don't! Al Gore-Zeerah's therory isn't worth the carbon that exits his mouth and nose. If you're still feeling guilty, just take a carbon footprint dump in your nearest bathroom commode/outhouse, its very comforting. WORKS FOR ME!
        Stephen
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ron Wizard
        you suffer from acute, congenital anal/cranial inversion