EPA Names Top 10 Most Fuel Efficient Cars for 2012

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

I don't know much about some of the cars on your list, but you sure are playing games with the mileage for the overpriced Volt. If all you do is drive it less then the batteries allow so that it is used only as a $40,000 commuter, yes you can park it back in your garage and re-charge it for 10 hrs for the next short commute. $40,000 for a commuter-I'm feeling good about myself. Will you be taking the volt on a vacation from New York to Florida or, Seattle to Southern Calif to visit Disney? If you do, I hope the motels have a plug-in so that when you start out the next day you can go another 29-34 miles before that Premium (required) 4cyl kicks in for the next 300-400 miles per day vacation trip. Take a 1500 mile trip in a Volt and then tell me what the mpg avg is. It is a GM dud. First you build a car and then find, or hope to find a mkt? Things aren't normally done this way. GM had another great idea with the Malibu Hybrid. Another success story from Gov't Mtrs. Dealers were notified that the Hybrid production would seize in the middle of 2010 "due to slow sales". Can you say real slow for the Volt. That great Hybrid Malibu was also overpriced by $4,000 over the Malibu with a 4 cyl gas engine. The overpriced Hybrid model gas mileage was nearly the same as the gas Malibu. Mileage for Hybrid was 26-34mpg and the gas Malibu is 22-33mpg. I guess the overpriced Volt was the answer of a failed Hybrid. You "green" people have got to start stepping up to the plate and buying some of these cars. Buying a Volt is like investing in solar companies. Like Solyndra. The current administration invested in both GM and Solyndra. Hmmm!

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