November 11, 2008

Green Thinking

2009's most fuel-efficient trucks

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 (tie) Ford Ranger Pickup Ford Ranger Pickup 21/26 $2271 8 tons two-wheel drive, 4 cylinder, 2.3 liter, manual 5-speed, regular gas
1 (tie) Mazda B2300 Mazda B2300 21/26 $2271 8 tons two-wheel drive, 4 cylinder, 2.3 liter, manual 5-speed, regular gas
3 (tie) Toyota Tacoma Chevrolet Silverado 15 Hybrid 21/22 $2485 8.7 tons two-wheel drive, 8 cylinder, 6 liter, automatic (variable gear ratios), regular gas
3 (tie) GMC Sierra 15 Hybrid GMC Sierra 15 Hybrid 21/22 $2485 8.7 tons two-wheel drive, 8 cylinder, 6 liter, automatic (variable gear ratios), regular gas
5 Toyota Tacoma Toyota Tacoma 20/26 $2375 8.3 tons two-wheel drive, 4 cylinder, 2.7 liter, manual 5-speed, regular gas
6 (tie) Nissan Frontier Nissan Frontier 19/23 $2485 8.7 tons two-wheel drive, 4 cylinder, 2.5 liter, manual 5-speed, regular gas
6 (tie) Suzuki Equator Suzuki Equator 19/23 $2485 8.7 tons two-wheel drive, 4 cylinder, 2.5 liter, manual 5-speed, regular gas
8 (tie) Chevrolet Colorado Chevrolet Colorado 18/24 $2610 9.2 tons two-wheel drive, 4 cylinder, 2.9 liter, automatic 4-speed, regular gas
8 (tie) GMC Canyon GMC Canyon 18/24 $2610 9.2 tons two-wheel drive, 4 cylinder, 2.9 liter, automatic 4-speed, regular gas
10 Dodge Dakota Pickup Dodge Dakota Pickup 16/20 $2902 10.2 tons two-wheel drive, 6 cylinder, 3.7 liter, manual 6-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.

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