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December 11, 2007

Green Thinking

2008's most fuel-efficient cars

Fuel-efficient cars by body style

Choosing a new car? Weigh the impact of your choice on your wallet and on the planet. The following cars 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 Toyota Prius Toyota Prius 48/45 $1328 4 tons 4 cylinder, 1.5 liter, Automatic (CVT), HEV, Regular gas
2 Honda Civic Hybrid Honda Civic Hybrid 40/45 $1457 4.4 tons 4 cylinder, 2.5 liter, Automatic (CVT), HEV, Regular gas
3 Nissan Altima Hybrid Nissan Altima Hybrid 35/33 $1799 5.4 tons 4 cylinder, 2.5 liter, Automatic (CVT), HEV, Regular gas
4 (tie) Ford Escape Hybrid Ford Escape Hybrid 34/30 $1916 5.7 tons FWD, 4 cylinder, 2.3 liter, Automatic (CVT), HEV, Regular gas
4 (tie) Mazda Tribute Hybrid Mazda Tribute Hybrid 34/30 $1916 5.7 tons 2WD, 4 cylinder, 2.3 liter, Automatic (CVT), HEV, Regular gas
4 (tie) Mercury Mariner Hybrid Mercury Mariner Hybrid 34/30 $1916 5.7 tons FWD, 4 cylinder, 2.3 liter, Automatic (CVT), HEV, Regular gas
7 smart fortwo smart fortwo 33/41 $1797 5.1 tons 3 cyl, 1 liter, Automatic (S5), Premium gas
8 Toyota Camry Hybrid Toyota Camry Hybrid 33/34 $1799 5.4 tons 4 cylinder, 2.4 liter, Automatic (CVT), HEV, Regular gas
9 Toyota Yaris Toyota Yaris 29/36 $1916 5.7 tons 4 cylinder, 1.5 liter, Manual (5), Regular gas
10 Toyota_Corolla Toyota Corolla 28/37 $1977 5.9 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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