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The up and down pricing on gasoline has some consumers shopping for cars that squeeze the most miles from a gallon while others could not care less. Still others are deeply concerned about the environmental impact their car may have. You can get a good handle on it all using an average of the EPA city-highway projected mileage numbers.

Attributes:  Price | Safety | Going Green | Reliability | Performance

Mazda Mazda5MPG: 22 city/28 highway

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While the Mazda5 offers a sportier driving experience than most minivans, it's also tops on fuel economy. The 153-horsepower, 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine gets an EPA-estimate 22 city/28 highway mpg when equipped with the five-speed manual transmission, and 21 city/27 highway mpg when paired with the five-speed automatic transmission. It seats six in three rows and includes a slide/recline/fold-flat second row and a fold-flat third row. The Mazda5 comes well-equipped with such standard features as automatic air conditioning, cruise control, CD player. Safety features include anti-lock brakes, side-impact and side curtain airbags. Go »
Honda OdysseyMPG: 17 city/25 highway

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Consistently ranked as the top minivan in numerous studies, the Honda Odyssey also has class-leading fuel economy. The 244-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 gets an EPA-estimated 17 city/25 highway mpg when equipped with Honda's Variable Cylinder Management, or VCM, technology, which shuts down two or three cylinders when not needed, such as during steady cruising on the highway. The same engine, minus the VCM technology, gets an estimated 16 city/23 highway mpg. Go »
Chrysler Town & CountryMPG: 17 city/25 highway

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Despite the fact that the Chrysler Town & Country was built for seven occupants from the get-go, it still gets very respectable gas mileage. In fact, its most powerful engine, the 251-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 that's paired with a six-speed automatic transmission achieves an EPA-estimated 17 city/25 highway mpg -- terrific fuel economy for a minivan of this size and the best gas mileage of any of the engines available in the Town & Country. Go »
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