Fuel Economy / MPG » 6
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GREEN | 6 out of 10
19 mpg city, 28 highway
achieving a mere 21 mpg driving around town, on freeways, and a mountain highway
If you don't have especially green expectations, you'll probably be happy with the 2012 Lexus ES 350; it gets EPA ratings of 19 mpg city, 28 highway, which are pretty typical for this class.
Actually, the ES 350 is more fuel-efficient than most larger V-6 sedan alternatives, and Lexus has lifted the requirement for premium fuel. But you could do better if going green is the top priority; the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, for instance, offers an interior nearly as large and luxurious, with fuel economy ratings that top 40 mpg; and the Lexus HS 250h, while not all that roomy inside, gets much better mileage.
Unless you're willing to step up to a hybrid, the 2012 Lexus ES 350 is one of the more efficient large-sedan picks.