November 11, 2008

Green Thinking

2009's most fuel-efficient wagons

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 2009 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 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagon TDIVolkswagen Jetta SportWagon TDI 30/41 $1711 6.2 tons 4 cylinder, 2 liter, manual 6-speed, diesel
2 (tie) Pontiac Vibe Pontiac Vibe 26/32 $1864 6.6 tons 4 cylinder, 1.8 liter, manual 5-speed, regular gas
2 (tie) Toyota Matrix Toyota Matrix 26/32 $1864 6.6 tons 4 cylinder, 1.8 liter, manual 5-speed, regular gas
4 Dodge Caliber Dodge Caliber 24/30 $1931 6.8 tons 4 cylinder, 1.8 liter, manual 5-speed, regular gas
5 Hyundai Elantra TouringHyundai Elantra Touring 23/31 $2010 7.1 tons 4 cylinder, 2 liter, manual 5-speed, regular gas
6 Suzuki SX4 Suzuki_SX4 22/30 $2088 7.3 tons 4 cylinder, 2 liter, automatic 4-speed, regular gas
7 (tie) Audi A3 Audi A3 22/28 $2346 7.7 tons 4 cylinder, 2 liter, automatic (S6), premium gas
7 (tie) Scion xB Scion xB 22/28 $2177 7.7 tons 4 cylinder, 2.4 liter, manual 5-speed, regular gas
9 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback 21/27 $2271 8 tons 4 cylinder, 2.4 liter, automatic (variable gear ratios), DOHC, regular gas
10 Volvo_V50 Volvo V50 20/28 $2271 8 tons front-wheel drive, 5 cylinder, 2.4 liter, manual 5-speed, regular gas

Notes:

* Annual fuel cost estimates are based on the assumptions that you travel 15,000 miles per year (55 percent in the city and 45 percent on the highway) and that fuel costs $3.48 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline, $3.75 per gallon for premium and $3.88 for diesel. Visit www.fueleconomy.gov to calculate fuel costs based on current fuel prices and your driving habits.

Each model is allowed to appear on the list only once regardless of variations in its trim, options and/or specs.

Note that the models featured on the research pages linked here may have slight variations to the models specified in this list.

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