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GM, Toyota top mpg car list

By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Posted: 5 pm ET

Cars from General Motors and Toyota top the list of vehicles that offer the best combined fuel economy and have high industry ratings, according to TotalCarScore.com, an automotive comparison website that compiles data from multiple automotive sources and creates a single score encompassing the vehicle overall. The two manufacturers had seven cars each on the list of 20 vehicles that encompassed every segment of automobiles.

Cars that made the list had segment-leading fuel economy as well as an above-average Total Car Score for their respective segments. The 2012 Toyota Prius had the highest mpg rating of the cars on the list, while the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid had the highest Total Car Score of cars on the list, with a rating of 85.59 out of 100.

TotalCarScore.com's complete list of 2012 top fuel-efficient cars with combined fuel economy and TCS ratings are below.

Economy cars -- Segment Average Total Car Score 72.95

  • Ford Fiesta – 33 mpg, TCS 77.07
  • Chevrolet Sonic – 33 mpg, TCS 74.61

Compact sedans and wagons -- Segment Average Total Car Score 74.68

  • Volkswagen Golf -- 34 mpg, TCS 79.63
  • Chevrolet Cruze -- 33 mpg, TCS 77.77

Midsize sedans and wagons -- Segment Average Total Car Score 78.73

  • Toyota Prius -- 50 mpg, TCS 79.30
  • Toyota Camry Hybrid -- 41 mpg, TCS 85.59

Large sedans and wagons -- Segment Average Total Car Score 79.40

  • Buick LaCrosse/LaCrosse Hybrid -- 23/29 mpg, TCS 83.93/84.86
  • Toyota Avalon – 23 mpg, TCS 82.27

Sport coupes and convertibles -- Segment Average Total Car Score 74.93

  • Mini Cooper – 32 mpg, TCS 77.71
  • Honda CR-Z – 37 mpg, TCS 75.75

Compact SUVs and crossovers -- Segment Average Total Car Score 71.84

  • Mini Cooper Countryman – 30 mpg, TCS 75.29
  • Toyota Matrix – 29 mpg, TCS 74.89

Midsize SUVs and crossovers -- Segment Average Total Car Score 73.76

  • Chevrolet Equinox/GMC Terrain -- 26/26 mpg, TCS 78.21/74.60
  • Kia Sorento – 25 mpg, TCS 77.43

Large SUVs and crossovers -- Segment Average Total Car Score 80.28

  • Toyota Highlander/Highlander Hybrid -- 22/28 mpg, TCS 82.51/84.42
  • Buick Enclave -- 19 mpg, TCS 82.26

Minivans -- Segment Average Total Car Score 76.60

  • Honda Odyssey – 22 mpg, TCS 80.84
  • Toyota Sienna – 21 mpg, TCS 80.37

Large trucks -- Segment Average Total Car Score  74.32

  • Ford F-Series – 19 mpg, TCS 82.72
  • Chevrolet Silverado – 18 mpg, TCS 74.70

Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter @SheDrives.

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