January 19, 2012

Green Thinking

2012 most fuel-efficient sedans

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 Nissan Leaf 99 106/92 $612 electric; automatic transmission
2 Toyota Prius 50 51/48 $987 hybrid; automatic continuously variable transmission, 1.8 liter, 4 cylinder
3 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE Toyota Camry Hybrid 41 43/39 $1,204 hybrid; automatic continuously variable transmission, 2.5 liter, 4 cylinder
4 Ford Fusion Hybrid Ford Fusion Hybrid 39 41/36 $1,263 hybrid; automatic continuously variable transmission, 2.5 liter, 4 cylinder
5 Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 35 31/43 $1,733 diesel, turbocharged; manual transmission, 2.0 liter, 4 cylinder
6 (tie) Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Elantra 33 29/40 $1,495 regular gas; automatic or manual transmission, 1.8 liter, 4 cylinder
6 (tie) Chevrolet Cruze EcoChevrolet Cruze Eco 33 28/42 $1,495 regular gas, turbocharged; manual transmission, 1.4 liter, 4 cylinder
8 Mazda 3 DI 5-doo Mazda 3 DI 5-door 32 28/39 $1,545 regular gas; automatic transmission with select shift, 2.0 liter, 4 cylinder
9 (tie) Chevrolet Cruze Chevrolet Cruze 30 26/38 $1,643 regular gas, turbocharged; automatic transmission with select shift or manual transmission, 1.4 liter, 4 cylinder
9 (tie) Kia Forte Eco Kia Forte Eco 30 27/37 $1,643 regular gas; automatic 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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