EPA Names Top 10 Most Fuel Efficient Cars for 2012

November 18, 2011
2012 Mitsubishi I MiEV Front Three Quarter
The Environmental Protection Agency has issued its list of the most fuel efficient cars available for the 2012 model year, and, sadly, there are very few surprises. The entire list is composed of electric and hybrid cars, with nary a diesel- or tradition internal combustion-powered car to be found. Toyota is the biggest winner here, claiming four of the ten spots with the Toyota Prius (number five), Prius v (number 7), Camry Hybrid LE (number 10), and the Lexus CT200h (number eight). Honda also nabs two spots with the Civic Hybrid ranked at number six and the Insight at number nine. The full list, including electric and plug-in electric vehicles:
  1. Mitsubishi i-MiEV, 126/99 mpg city/highway
  2. Nissan Leaf, 106/92
  3. Azure Dynamics Transit Connect Van, 62/62 (electric Ford Transit Connect)
  4. Chevrolet Volt, 58/62
  5. Toyota Prius, 51/48
  6. Honda Civic Hybrid, 44/44
  7. Toyota Prius v, 44/40
  8. Lexus CT 200h, 43/40
  9. Honda Insight, 41/44
  10. Toyota Camry Hybrid LE, 43/39
As you can see, the EPA chose to include full-electric and plug-in electric vehicles in their data. However, if you excludecars like the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Volt, the list changes slightly. Tying for the number eight spot without electrics are the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. The amended list also gains its first non-hybrid with the Scion iQ ranking at number nine, thanks to its 36/37 mpg city/highway rating. The Honda CR-Z hybrid rounds out the electric-free top ten. Source: EPA

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