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December 7, 2012

Green Thinking

2013 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 2013 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 $600 electric; automatic transmission
2 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid 95* 51/40** $950 plug-in hybrid, regular gas and electric; automatic continuously variable transmission, 1.8 liter, 4 cylinder; *mileage for electric and gas performance; **mileage for gas-only performance
3 Toyota Prius Toyota Prius 50 51/48 $1,050 hybrid; automatic continuously variable transmission, 1.8 liter, 4 cylinder
4 Ford Fusion Hybrid Ford Fusion Hybrid FWD 47 47/47 $1,100 hybrid; automatic continuously variable transmission, 2.0 liter, 4 cylinder
5 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Lincoln MKZ Hybrid FWD 45 45/45 $1,150 hybrid; automatic continuously variable transmission, 2.0 liter, 4 cylinder
6 Lexus CT 200h Lexus CT 200h 42 43/40 $1,250 regular gas; automatic continuously variable transmission, 1.8 liter, 4 cylinder
7 Lexus ES 300hLexus ES 300h 40 43/40 $1,300 regular gas; automatic continuously variable transmission with select shift, 2.5 liter, 4 cylinder
8 Acura ILX Hybrid Acura ILX Hybrid 38 39/380 $1,500 hybrid, premium gas; automatic continuously variable transmission with select shift, 1.5 liter, 4 cylinder
9 Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 35 31/43 $1,700 diesel; manual transmission, 2.0 liter, 4 cylinder
10 Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Elantra 32 28/28 $1,650 regular gas, manual or automatic transmission, 1.8 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 $3.49 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline, $3.81 per gallon for premium gasoline, $4.01 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. Lists are limited to 10 vehicles, with annual fuel cost as the tie-breaker.

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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