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The 2011 Toyota Yaris is one of the greenest new-car choices; though it's no longer the greenest non-hybrid.
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29 mpg city, 35 highway (automatic); 29/36 (manual)
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The 2011 Toyota Prius gets excellent fuel economy. With EPA fuel economy ratings of up to 29 mpg city, 36 highway, it's one of the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid small cars. Our editors have seen great fuel economy in real-world drives—as high as 41 mpg in gentle driving, and about 33 mpg overall in our last drive of a Yaris automatic Liftback.

But this year, with the introduction of the 2011 Hyundai Elantra, Ford Fiesta, and Chevrolet Cruze—each of which achieves 40 mpg or more in some trims—it's no longer the best.

There's no doubt that the Yaris takes less energy to assemble than the Prius; however since roughly 80 percent of a vehicles' carbon emissions profile pertains to its use, not its construction, you're still better off with a higher-mileage hybrid—or an electric—if you want to go green.

Conclusion

The 2011 Toyota Yaris is one of the greenest new-car choices; though it's no longer the greenest non-hybrid.

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