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January 19, 2012

Green Thinking

2012 most fuel-efficient vans and minivans

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 Azure Dynamics Transit Connect Electric Van or Wagon Azure Dynamics Transit Connect Electric Van or Wagon 62 62/62 $972 electric; automatic transmission
2 (tie) Ford Transit Connect Wagon FWD Ford Transit Connect Wagon FWD 24 22/27 $2,058 regular gas; automatic transmission, 2.0 liter, 4 cylinder
2 (tie) Mazda 5 Mazda5 24 21/28 $2,058 regular gas; manual or automatic transmission with select shift, 2.5 liter, 4 cylinder
4 Ford Transit Connect Van Ford Transit Connect Van 23 21/27 $2,147 regular gas; automatic transmission, 2.0 liter, 4 cylinder
5 Honda Odyssey Honda Odyssey 22 19/28 $2,245 regular gas; automatic transmission, 3.5 liter, 6 cylinder
6 (tie) Kia Sedona Kia Sedona 21 18/25 $2,349 regular gas; automatic transmission, 3.5 liter, 6 cylinder
6 (tie) Nissan QuestNissan Quest 21 19/24 $2,349 regular gas; automatic continuously variable transmission, 3.5 liter, 6 cylinder
6 (tie) Toyota Sienna Toyota Sienna 21 19/24 $2,349 regular gas; automatic transmission with select shift, 2.7 or 3.5 liter, 4 or 6 cylinder
9 (tie) Chrysler Town and Country Chrysler Town and Country 20 17/25 $2,468 regular gas; automatic transmission, 3.6 liter, 6 cylinder
9 (tie) Dodge Grand Caravan Dodge Grand Caravan 20 17/25 $2,468 regular gas; automatic transmission, 3.6 liter, 6 cylinder
9 (tie) Volkswagen Routan Volkswagen Routan 20 17/25 $2,468 regular gas; automatic transmission, 3.6 liter, 6 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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