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December 22, 2009

Green Thinking

2010's most fuel-efficient compact 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 2010 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 $953 4.4 tons 4 cylinder, 1.3 liter, automatic (variable gear ratios), regular gas
2 Honda Insight Honda Insight 40/43 $977 4.5 tons 4 cylinder, 1.3 liter, automatic (variable gear ratios), regular gas
3 Smart fortwoSmart fortwo 33/41 $1113 5.1 tons 3 cylinder, 1 liter, Auto(AM5), regular gas
4 (tie) Volkswagen Jetta Volkswagen Jetta 30/42 $1235 6.2 tons 4 cylinder, 2 liter, automatic (S6), diesel
4 (tie) Volkswagen Golf Volkswagen Golf 30/42 $1235 6.2 tons 4 cylinder, 2 liter, automatic (S6), diesel
6 Suzuki SX4 Toyota Yaris 29/36 $1254 5.7 tons 4 cylinder, 1.5 liter, manual 5-speed, regular gas
7 MINI Cooper MINI Cooper 28/37 $1366 5.7 tons 4 cylinder, 1.6 liter, manual 6-speed, premium gas
8 MINI Clubman MINI Clubman 28/36 $1410 5.9 tons 4 cylinder, 1.6 liter, manual 6-speed, premium gas
10 (tie) Kia Rio Kia Rio 28/34 $1294 5.9 tons 4 cylinder, 1.6 liter, manual 5-speed, regular gas
10 (tie) Hyundai Accent Hyundai Accent 28/34 $1334 6.1 tons 4 cylinder, 1.6 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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