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Fuel economy winners

These vehicles are tops in fuel economy. Whether you drive a car, truck, minivan or sport utility vehicle, choosing the most fuel-efficient model can go a long way in cutting your fuel costs.

Here's the Environmental Protection Agency's breakdown of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in each major vehicle class. Remember that vehicles rarely, if ever, actually meet the EPA numbers. But they are useful in comparison shopping.

Two-seater cars
Honda Insight
Engine size: 3 cyl, 1 L
Transmission: manual
Miles-per-gallon city/highway: 61/66

Honda Insight
Engine size: 3 cyl, 1 L
Transmission: automatic variable
Miles-per-gallon city/highway: 57/56

Minicompact cars
Mini Cooper
Engine size: 4 cyl, 1.6 L
Transmission: manual
Miles-per-gallon city/highway: 28/36

Mini Cooper
Engine size: 4 cyl, 1.6 L
Transmission type: automatic
Miles-per-gallon city/highway: 26/34

 

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Subcompact cars
Volkswagen New Beetle (diesel)
Engine size: 4 cyl, 1.9 L
Transmission: manual
Miles-per-gallon city/highway: 38/46

Volkswagen New Beetle (diesel)
Engine size: 4 cyl, 1.9 L
Transmission type: automatic
Miles-per-gallon city/highway: 36/42

Compact cars
Honda Civic Hybrid
Engine size: 4 cyl, 1.3 L
Transmission type: automatic variable
Miles-per-gallon city/highway: 48/47

Honda Civic Hybrid
Engine size: 4 cyl, 1.3 L
Transmission type: manual
Miles-per-gallon city/highway: 46/51

Midsize cars
Toyota Prius (hybrid)
Engine size: 4 cyl, 1.5 L
Transmission type: automatic variable
Miles-per-gallon city/highway: 60/51

Hyundai Elantra
Engine size: 4 cyl, 2 L
Transmission type: manual
Miles-per-gallon city/highway: 27/34

Large cars
Chevrolet Malibu MAXX
Engine size: 6 cyl, 3.5 L
Transmission type: automatic
Miles-per-gallon city/highway: 22/30

Small station wagons
Volkswagen Jetta Wagon (diesel)
Engine size: 4 cyl, 1.9 L
Transmission type: manual
Miles-per-gallon city/highway: 36/47

Volkswagen Jetta (diesel)
Engine size: 4 cyl, 1.9 L
Transmission type: automatic
Miles-per-gallon city/highway: 32/43

Midsize station wagons
Volkswagon Passat Wagon (diesel)
Engine size: 4 cyl, 2 L
Transmission type: automatic
Miles-per-gallon city/highway: 27/38

Ford Focus Station Wagon
Engine size: 4 cyl, 2L
Transmission type: manual
Miles-per-gallon city/highway: 26/35

Cargo vans
Chevrolet Astro 2WD
Engine size: 6 cyl, 4.3 L
Transmission type: automatic
Miles-per-gallon city/highway: 16/22

GMC Safari 2WD
Engine size: 6 cyl, 4.3 L
Transmission type: automatic
Miles-per-gallon city/highway: 16/22

Minivans
Honda Odyssey
Engine size: 6 cyl, 3.5 L
Transmission type: automatic
Miles-per-gallon city/highway: 20/28

Dodge Caravan
Engine size: 4 cyl, 2.4 L
Transmission type: automatic
Miles-per-gallon city/highway: 20/26

Passenger vans
Chevrolet Astro 2WD
Engine size: 6 cyl, 4.3 L
Transmission type: automatic
Miles-per-gallon city/highway: 16/21

GMC Safari 2WD
Engine size: 6 cyl, 4.3 L
Transmission type: automatic
Miles-per-gallon city/highway: 16/21

Sport utility vehicles
Ford Escape Hybrid
Engine size: 4 cyl, 2.3 L
Transmission type: automatic variable
Miles-per-gallon city/highway: 36/31

Toyota Rav4 2WD
Engine size: 4 cyl, 2.4 L
Transmission type: manual
Miles-per-gallon city/highway: 24/30

Standard pickup trucks
Ford Ranger Pickup 2WD
Engine size: 4 cyl, 2.3 L
Transmission type: manual
Miles-per-gallon city/highway: 24/29

Ford Ranger Pickup 2WD
Engine size: 4 cyl, 2.3 L
Transmission type: automatic
Miles-per-gallon city/highway: 22/26

Mazda B2300 2WD
Engine size: 4 cyl, 2.3 L
Transmission type: manual
Miles-per-gallon city/highway: 24/29

Mazda B2300 2 WD
Engine size: 4 cyl, 2.3 L
Transmission type: automatic
Miles-per-gallon city/highway: 22/26

Source: Fueleconomy.gov
Please note that many vehicles come in a range of engine sizes and trim lines, resulting in different fuel economy values.



 
-- Updated: April 20, 2005
     

 

 
 
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