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December 7, 2012

Green Thinking

2013 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 2013 model year. (For details of the testing, see the notes below.)

Rank Model MPG:
MPG: city/hwy Annual fuel cost* Additional info
1 Toyota Prius v Toyota Prius v 42 44/40 $1,250 hybrid; automatic continuously variable transmission, 1.8 liter, 4 cylinder
2 (tie) Audi A3 Audi A3 34 30/42 $1,750 diesel; automated manual transmission with select shift, 2.0 liter, 4 cylinder
2 (tie) Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 34 30/42 $1,750 diesel; manual transmission, 2.0 liter, 4 cylinder
4 Subaru Impreza Wagon Subaru Impreza Wagon AWD 30 27/36 $1,750 regular gas; automatic continuously variable transmission, 2.0 liter, 4 cylinder
5 (tie) Scion xD Scion xD 29 27/32 $1,950 regular gas; manual or automatic transmission, 1.8 liter, 4 cylinder
5 (tie) Nissan Juke Nissan Juke 29 27/32 $1,950 premium gas; automatic continuously variable transmission with select shift, 1.6 liter, 4 cylinder
5 (tie) Toyota MatrixToyota Matrix 29 26/32 $1,800 regular gas; manual transmission, 1.8 liter, 4 cylinder
8 (tie) Nissan Cube Nissan Cube 28 27/31 $1,850 regular gas; automatic continuously variable transmission, 1.8 liter, 4 cylinder
8 (tie) Kia Soul Eco Kia Soul Eco 28 26/31 $1,850 regular gas; automatic transmission, 1.6 liter, 4 cylinder
10 Suzuki SX4 Suzuki SX4 26 23/30 $2,000 regular gas; automatic transmission, 2 liter, 4 cylinder


*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 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 city mileage 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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