December 11, 2007

Green Thinking

2008's most fuel-efficient station wagons

Fuel-efficient cars by body style

Choosing a new station wagon? Weigh the impact of your choice on your wallet and on the planet. The following station wagons 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 Scion xD Scion xD 27/33 $2111 6.3 tons 4 cylinder, 1.8 liter, Manual (5), Regular gas
2 (tie) Pontiac Vibe Pontiac Vibe 26/33 $2111 6.3 tons 4 cylinder, 1.8 liter, Manual (5), Regular gas
2 (tie) Toyota Matrix Toyota Matrix 26/33 $2111 6.3 tons 4 cylinder, 1.8 liter, Manual (5), Regular gas
4 Suzuki SX4 Suzuki SX4 22/30 $2448 7.3 tons 4 cylinder, 2 liter, Automatic (4), Regular gas
5 Audi A3 Audi A3 22/29 $2586 7.3 tons 4 cylinder, 2 liter, Automatic (S6), Premium gas
6 Scion xB Scion xB 22/28 $2552 7.7 tons 4 cylinder, 2.4 liter, Automatic (S4), Regular gas
7 (tie) Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 21/29 $2552 7.7 tons 5 cylinder, 2.5 liter, Automatic (S6), Regular gas
7 (tie) Volkswagen Passat Wagon Volkswagen Passat Wagon 21/29 $2696 7.7 tons 4 cylinder, 2 liter, Manual (6), Premium gas
9 (tie) Audi A4 Avant Quattro Audi A4 Avant Quattro 20/28 $2812 8 tons AWD, 4 cylinder, 2 liter, Manual (6), Premium gas
9 (tie) Volvo_V50 Volvo V50 20/28 $3077 8 tons FWD, 5 cylinder, 2.4 liter, Automatic (S5), Premium 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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