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The EPA's Top 10 Fuel-Efficient Cars (And Some for the Family) Page 2


2011 Smart Fortwo

2011 Smart Fortwo

2011 smart fortwo cabriolet (tied with smart fortwo coupe)

The only non-hybrid vehicles on the EPA’s current list of top 10 fuel sipper cars, the 2011 smart fortwo cabriolet and coupe achieve 33 mpg city/41 mpg highway. The two-seater subcompacts should get good gas mileage: they’re the tiniest cars on the market. Maybe good candidates for in-neighborhood short trips or on-campus getting about.

2010 Nissan Altima Hybrid

2010 Nissan Altima Hybrid

2011 Nissan Altima Hybrid

With its sporty styling, the 2011 Nissan Altima Hybrid mid-size sedan distinguishes itself from many other four-doors in the market. The peppy hybrid gets an estimated 33 mpg city/33 mpg highway, but is only sold in 11 states. They include California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont. Starting MSRP for the 2011 Nissan Altima Hybrid is $26,780.

2011 Lexus RX 450h

2011 Lexus RX 450h

The 2011 Lexus RX 450h luxury mid-size crossover SUV achieves an EPA-estimated 32 mpg city/28 mpg highway. Redesigned in 2010, the 2011 model continues to offer seating for five and generous cargo capacity with 40 cubic feet with rear seats in use and 80.3 cubic feel with rear seats folded down.

2011 Honda CR-Z (manual six-speed) – At 31 mpg city/37 mpg highway, the manual-transmission-equipped 2011 Honda CR-Z is just four mpg off city and two mpg off highway from the automatic version. See The Car Connection driving review of the Honda CR-Z with six-speed gearbox.

To stay on top of the EPA’s most fuel-efficient cars for 2011, check out the government site periodically. The agency says it will update the list as more 2011 models become available. These will undoubtedly include the 2011 Chevrolet Volt and 2011 Nissan Leaf (which are not currently available but soon will be in select markets).

[EPA]


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  1. Where are the VW TDI's?
     
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  2. Bill, the EPA's list considers city fuel economy numbers first. So, using that criteria, the compact VW Jetta and Golf with diesel engine and manual transmission achieve EPA-estimated 30 mpg city/42 mpg highway. So, they just miss the list.Ditto Audi A3 manual, diesel and the auto/manual diesel-powered VW Jetta Sportwagen, all at 30/42 city/highway mpg.
     
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  3. Jon, thanks for your comment. Here at FCG, we try to maintain a neutral position. But the 2011 Lexus HS 250h is a five-seat luxury sedan that happens to be a hybrid. Is it worth starting MSRP of $34,650 for the base model (which is very well equipped) or $37,420 for premium? Only you can decide. Why not take it out for a test drive with the family and compare it against other hybrids?
     
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