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New cars top best mpg list

By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Posted: 9 am ET

Half of the cars on the Environmental Protection Agency's new top 10 fuel sippers list, 1984 to present, are 2012 models, marking the first time that newer, high-tech models are ousting the older, low-tech small cars that have been on the list for more than two decades. The "all-time" list is actually comprised of cars from 1984 to present.

The EPA's list ranks cars with internal combustion engines. According to the EPA's FuelEconomy.gov, the cars with the best fuel economy are:

Top 10 fuel sippers, 1984 to present
Rank Vehicle model and configuration EPA rating (mpg)
Combined City Highway
1 Chevrolet Volt (2011-12)

Plug-in hybrid, 4-cylinder, 1.4-liter, auto (variable gear ratios), premium gasoline

60 58 62
2 Honda Insight (2000)

3-cylinder, 1.0-liter, manual 5-speed, regular gasoline

53 49 61
3 Toyota Prius (2010-12)

4-cylinder, 1.8-liter, automatic (variable gear ratios), regular gasoline

50 51 48
4 Chevrolet Sprint ER (1986)

3-cylinder, 1.0-liter, manual 5-speed, regular gasoline

48 44 53
5 Geo Metro (1986)

3-cylinder, 1.0-liter, manual 5-speed, regular gasoline

47 43 52
6 Honda Civic CRX HF (1986-87)

4-cylinder, 1.5-liter, manual 5-speed, regular

46 42 51
7 Honda Civic Hybrid (2012)

4-cylinder, 1.5-liter, automatic (variable gear ratios), regular gasoline

44 44 44
8 Honda Civic HB VX (1994-95)

4-cylinder, 1.5-liter, manual 5-speed, regular gasoline

43 39 50
9 Toyota Prius v (2012)

4-cylinder, 1.8-liter, automatic (variable gear ratios), regular gasoline

42 44 40
10 Lexus CT 200h (2011-12)

4-cylinder, 1.8-liter, automatic (variable gear ratios), regular gasoline

42 43 40

Of the cars on the list that are available as 2012 models, two of them are new or redesigned for the 2012 model year -- the Honda Civic Hybrid and the Toyota Prius v. Of the five cars available as 2012 models, the Toyota Prius is the least expensive in the lineup, starting at $23,520.

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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2 Comments
Mike
January 21, 2012 at 8:32 am

Why did you leave out VW diesels?