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December 22, 2009

Green Thinking

2010'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 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 Toyota Prius Toyota Prius 51/48 $801 3.7 tons 4 cylinder, 1.8 liter, automatic (variable gear ratios), regular gas
2 (tie) Ford Fusion Hybrid Ford Fusion Hybrid 41/36 $1025 4.7 tons front-wheel drive, 4 cylinder, 2.5 liter, automatic (variable gear ratios), regular gas
2 (tie) Mercury Milan Hybrid Mercury Milan Hybrid 41/36 $1025 4.7 tons front-wheel drive, 4 cylinder, 2.5 liter, automatic (variable gear ratios), regular gas
4 Honda Civic Hybrid Honda Civic Hybrid 40/45 $953 4.4 tons 4 cylinder, 1.3 liter, automatic (variable gear ratios), regular gas
5 Honda Insight Honda Insight 40/43 $977 4.5 tons 4 cylinder, 1.3 liter, automatic (variable gear ratios), regular gas
6 Lexus HS 250h Lexus HS 250h 35/34 $1145 5.3 tons 4 cylinder, 2.4 liter, automatic (variable gear ratios), hybrid, regular gas
7 Nissan Altima HybridNissan Altima Hybrid 35/33 $1177 5.4 tons 4 cylinder, 2.5 liter, automatic (variable gear ratios), regular gas
8 (tie) Ford Escape Hybrid Ford Escape Hybrid 34/31 $1254 5.7 tons front-wheel drive, 4 cylinder, 2.5 liter, automatic (variable gear ratios), regular gas
8 (tie) Mazda Tribute Hybrid Mazda Tribute Hybrid 34/31 $1254 5.7 tons two-wheel drive, 4 cylinder, 2.5 liter, automatic (variable gear ratios), regular gas
8 (tie) Mercury Mariner Hybrid Mercury Mariner Hybrid 34/31 $1254 5.7 tons front-wheel drive, 4 cylinder, 2.5 liter, automatic (variable gear ratios), 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). Fuel cost estimates listed here assume fuel costs $2.67 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline, $2.91 per gallon for premium gasoline and $2.80 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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