December 11, 2007

Green Thinking

2008's most fuel-efficient compact cars

Fuel-efficient cars by body style

Choosing a new compact car? Weigh the impact of your choice on your wallet and on the planet. The following small cars and hatchbacks are ranked by city miles per gallon (MPG), followed by highway MPG based on the Environmental Protection Agency's Fuel Economy Guide for the 2008 model year. (For details of the testing, see the notes below.)


Rank Model MPG: city/hwy Annual fuel cost * Carbon footprint
(tons/yr of CO2)
Additional info
1 Honda Civic Hybrid Honda Civic Hybrid 40/45 $1457 4.4 tons 4 cylinder, 1.3 liter, Automatic (CVT), HEV, Regular gas
2 smart fortwo smart fortwo 33/41 $1797 5.1 tons 3 cyl, 1 liter, Automatic (S5), Premium gas
3 Toyota Yaris Toyota Yaris 29/36 $1916 5.7 tons 4 cylinder, 1.5 liter, Manual (5), Regular gas
4 Toyota Corolla Toyota Corolla 28/37 $1977 5.9 tons 4 cylinder, 1.8 liter, Manual (5), Regular gas
5 Honda Fit Honda Fit 28/34 $1977 5.9 tons 4 cylinder, 1.5 liter, Manual (5), Regular gas
6 (tie) Nissan Versa Nissan Versa 27/33 $2111 6.3 tons 4 cylinder, 1.8 liter, Automatic (CVT), Regular gas
6 (tie) Scion xD Scion xD 27/33 $2111 6.3 tons 4 cylinder, 1.8 liter, Manual (5), Regular gas
8 (tie) Hyundai Accent Hyundai Accent 27/32 $2111 6.3 tons 4 cylinder, 1.6 liter, Manual (5), Regular gas
8 (tie) Kia Rio Kia Rio 27/32 $2111 6.3 tons 4 cylinder, 1.6 liter, Manual (5), Regular gas
10 Honda Civic Honda Civic 26/34 $2111 6.3 tons 4 cylinder, 1.8 liter, Manual (5), Regular gas

Related link:

2006-2007 Fuel-efficiency guide

Notes:

* Annual fuel cost is based on an assumption of cars driven 15,000 miles annually, 54 percent on the highway, 46 percent in the city, and a fuel price of $ 4.08 per gallon. Visit the EPA's Web site to calculate annual fuel costs using a different fuel price or annual miles for a specific vehicle.

This year, the EPA has changed the way it estimates MPG to more accurately reflect real driving conditions. Estimates reflect the effects of: faster speeds and acceleration; air conditioner use; and colder outside temperatures. The tests lower MPG estimates for most vehicles compared to previous years. Miles per gallon will vary for models with different vehicle specifications. Driving habits will also affect MPG.

Each model is allowed to appear on the list only once, except the Honda Civic, which appears on the list twice because of its availability in both regular gasoline and gasoline-electric hybrid versions.

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