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June 26, 2012
2012 Chrysler 300

2012 Chrysler 300

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2012 Chrysler 300

The base model of the 2012 Chrysler 300 full-size sedan is powered by a 292-horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine. When paired with a new eight-speed transmission, this results in an EPA-rated 19 mpg city, 31 mpg highway fuel economy in rear-wheel-drive form.

2012 Hyundai Azera - First Drive, 2/2012

2012 Hyundai Azera - First Drive, 2/2012

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2012 Hyundai Azera

The redesigned 2012 Hyundai Azera full-size five-passenger sedan boasts improved mileage from a strong and efficient new V-6 engine. This is a revised version of Hyundai’s 293-horsepower direct-injection 3.3-liter V-6 mated with a six-speed automatic transmission. Along with improved aerodynamics and an Active Eco function, the payoff in fuel economy is 20 mpg city, 29 highway and 23 mpg combined – and it doesn’t require premium fuel. Our review observes that the 2012 Hyundai Azera gets “somewhat better gas mileage than most other large V-6 sedans.”

2012 BMW 5-Series

2012 BMW 5-Series

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2012 BMW 528i

In the luxury car category, the 2012 BMW 528i luxury sport sedan delivers 23 mpg city, 34 mpg highway, and 27 mpg combined from its 240-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injected four-cylinder engine just introduced in the U.S. in 2012. The base model also comes with Auto Start/Stop technology and Brake Energy Regeneration, which contributes to the 528i’s fuel efficiency. As our editors note, this “might make enthusiasts skeptical, but it all comes together in a very satisfying driving experience.”

2013 Toyota Avalon

2013 Toyota Avalon

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2013 Toyota Avalon

The full-size 2013 Toyota Avalon, which goes on sale this summer, gets a whole new look inside and out and while the base Avalon sports a 268-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 (with gas mileage estimated at 21/31, or 25 mpg combined), the Avalon Hybrid is the star of the lineup when it comes to fuel economy. Powered by a 200-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine teamed with a nickel-metal hydride battery pack and electric-motor system, the 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is estimated to achieve EPA ratings of 40 mpg city, 39 mpg highway, and 40 mpg combined.

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