January 19, 2012

Green Thinking

2012 most fuel-efficient wagons

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 Prius v Toyota Prius v 42 44/40 $1,175 hybrid; automatic continuously variable transmission, 1.8 liter, 4 cylinder
2 (tie) Audi A3 Audi A3 34 30/42 $1,733 diesel, turbocharged; automatic transmission with select shift, 2.0 liter, 4 cylinder
2 (tie) Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 34 30/42 $1,733 diesel, turbocharged; manual transmission, 2.0 liter, 4 cylinder
4 Kia Soul Eco Kia Soul Eco 32 29/36 $1,545 regular gas; automatic transmission, 1.6 liter, 4 cylinder
5 Honda Fit Honda Fit 31 28/35 $1,594 regular gas; automatic transmission, 1.5 liter, 4 cylinder
6 (tie) Kia Soul Kia Soul 30 27/35 $1,643 regular gas; automatic or manual transmission, 1.6 liter, 4 cylinder
6 (tie) Subaru Impreza Wagon/Outback SportSubaru Impreza Wagon/Outback Sport 30 27/36 $1,643 regular gas; automatic continuously variable transmission, 2.0 liter, 4 cylinder
8 Nissan Juke Nissan Juke 29 27/32 $1,842 premium gas, turbocharged; automatic continuously variable transmission with select shift, 1.6 liter, 4 cylinder
9 (tie) Dodge Caliber Dodge Caliber 27 24/32 $1,826 regular gas; manual transmission, 2.0 liter, 4 cylinder
9 (tie) Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback 27 24/32 $1,826 regular gas; automatic continuously variable transmission with select shift, 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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