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January 19, 2012

Green Thinking

2012 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 2012 model year. (For details of the testing, see the notes below.)


Rank Model MPG:
overall
MPG: city/hwy Annual fuel cost* Additional info
1 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Mitsubishi i-MiEV 112 126/99 $540 electric; automatic transmission
2 Chevrolet Volt Chevrolet Volt 60 58/62 $648 plug-in hybrid; automatic continuously variable transmission, 1.4 liter, 4 cylinder
3 Honda Civic Hybrid Honda Civic Hybrid 44 44/44 $1,120 hybrid; automatic continuously variable transmission, 1.5 liter, 4 cylinder
4 (tie) Honda Insight Honda Insight 42 41/44 $1,175 hybrid; automatic continuously variable transmission with select shift, 1.3 liter, 4 cylinder
4 (tie) Lexus CT 200h Lexus CT 200h 42 43/40 $1,175 hybrid; automatic continuously variable transmission, 1.8 liter, 4 cylinder
6 (tie) Honda CR-Z Honda CR-Z 37 35/39 $1,332 hybrid; automatic continuously variable transmission with select shift, 1.5 liter, 4 cylinder
6 (tie) Scion iQScion iQ 37 36/37 $1,332 regular gas, automatic continuously variable transmission, 1.3 liter, 4 cylinder
8 Lexus HS 250h Lexus HS 250h 35 35/34 $1,411 hybrid; automatic continuously variable transmission, 2.4 liter, 4 cylinder
9 (tie) Hyundai Accentd Hyundai Accent 34 30/40 $1,495 regular gas; manual transmission, 1.6 liter, 4 cylinder
9 (tie) Kia Rio Kia Rio 34 30/40 $1,495 regular gas; manual transmission, 1.6 liter, 4 cylinder
9 (tie) Volkswagen Golf Volkswagen Golf 34 30/44 $1,733 diesel, turbocharged; automatic transmission with select shift or manual transmission, 2.0 liter, 4 cylinder
9 (tie) Volkswagen Jetta Volkswagen Jetta 34 30/42 $1,733 diesel, turbocharged; automatic transmission with select shift or manual transmission, 2.0 liter, 4 cylinder

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 $3.30 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline, $3.57 per gallon for premium gasoline, $3.78 for diesel and $.12/kWh for electricity. 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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