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January 19, 2012

Green Thinking

2012 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 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 Toyota Tacoma Toyota Tacoma 22 21/25 $2,245 regular gas; manual transmission, 2.7 liter, 4 cylinder
2 (tie) Chevrolet Colorado 2WD Chevrolet Colorado 2WD 21 18/25 $2,349 regular gas; automatic or manual transmission, 2.9 liter, 4 cylinder
2 (tie) Chevrolet Silverado 15 Hybrid 2WD Chevrolet Silverado 15 Hybrid 2WD 21 20/23 $2,349 hybrid; automatic continuously variable transmission, 6.0 liter, 8 cylinder
2 (tie) Chevrolet Silverado 15 Hybrid 4WD Chevrolet Silverado 15 Hybrid 4WD 21 20/23 $2,349 hybrid; automatic continuously variable transmission, 6.0 liter, 8 cylinder
2 (tie) GMC Canyon 2WD GMC Canyon 2WD 21 18/25 $2,349 regular gas; automatic or manual transmission, 2.9 liter, 4 cylinder
2 (tie) GMC Sierra 15 Hybrid 2WD GMC Sierra 15 Hybrid 2WD 21 20/23 $2,349 hybrid; automatic continuously variable transmission, 6.0 liter, 8 cylinder
2 (tie) GMC Sierra 15 Hybrid 4WDGMC Sierra 15 Hybrid 4WD 21 20/23 $2,349 hybrid; automatic continuously variable transmission, 6.0 liter, 8 cylinder
2 (tie) Nissan Frontier 2WD Nissan Frontier 2WD 21 19/23 $2,349 regular gas; manual transmission, 2.5 liter, 4 cylinder
2 (tie) Suzuki Equator 2WD Suzuki Equator 2WD 21 19/23 $2,349 regular gas; manual transmission, 2.5 liter, 4 cylinder
9 (tie) Chevrolet Colorado 4WD Chevrolet Colorado 4WD 20 17/23 $2,468 regular gas; automatic or manual transmission, 2.9 liter, 4 cylinder
9 (tie) GMC Canyon 4WD GMC Canyon 4WD 20 17/23 $2,468 regular gas; automatic or manual transmission, 2.9 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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