Top 10 fuel misers

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Small, fuel efficient vehicles are flying off the lots faster than some dealers can stock them — and what a turnaround that is.

In May 2008, the Ford F-150 truck, which had been the best-selling vehicle in the country for two decades, lost its title to the fuel-sipping Honda Civic. Consumers all around the country are quickly taking to the idea that gas is only going to become more expensive and they’re trying to find vehicles that use less of it.

Detroit has responded by putting more emphasis on smaller vehicles, such as the Ford Focus and the Chevy Malibu, but Toyota, Honda and Nissan continue to dominate when it comes to fuel efficiency. As gas prices rise and consumers demand more efficient vehicles, more options will quickly come to market. Phil Reed, consumer advice editor for, says that while hybrids continue to top the list on fuel efficiency, there are many small cars that get many miles to the gallon.

Here are the top 10 of the 2008 model year

1. Toyota Prius 6. Toyota Corolla
2. Honda Civic Hybrid 7. Mini Cooper
3. Toyota Camry Hybrid 8. Hyundai Accent/Kia Rio
4. Toyota Yaris 9. Honda Civic
5. Honda Fit 10. Nissan Versa

1. Toyota Prius

  • MSRP: $21,500
  • Style: Sedan
  • Mileage: 48 city/45 highway
  • Engine: Aluminum DOHC 16-valve VVT-I, or variable valve timing with intelligence, four-cylinder, permanent magnet AC synchronous electric motor
  • Transmission: Continuously variable transmission, or CVT Curb weight: 2,921 lbs