The Ten Most Fuel-Efficient Cars For '10 Page 3

October 21, 2009


Ford Fusion

EPA City/Highway/Combined mpg: 41/26/39
Annual Fuel Cost: $991
TheCarConnection Meta Review Rating: 8.8
The Bottom Line: If you seek a comfortable, high-quality, fine-driving, and hyper-efficient sedan, look to the 2010 Ford Fusion.

There's very little that distinguishes the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid (and the nearly identical 2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid) from the other four-cylinder and V-6 versions of the Fusion (and Milan) sedan, but the full hybrid system in the Fusion Hybrid makes it capable of going more than double the distance on a gallon of gas in city driving versus the V-6 Fusion. The powertrain feels surprisingly perky and smooth, and if you turn up the sound system or forget about the sophisticated gauge display you can at times forget you're driving a hybrid. The 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid manages to feel like a perfectly normal, mid-size sedan while sipping on fumes, which is quite a feat.

Lexus HS 250h

EPA City/Highway/Combined mpg: 35/34/35
Annual Fuel Cost: $1107
TheCarConnection Meta Review Rating: 7.6
The Bottom Line: The new 2010 Lexus HS 250h packs some noteworthy technology features, though those expecting either Prius fuel economy figures or a sportier driving experience might be disappointed.

With the all-new HS 250h, Lexus hopes to tap into the very affluent buyer base that has now been flocking to the Toyota Prius for years, bringing, at least in theory, a little more refinement and performance along with the requisite Lexus luxuries. The HS does offer way more in terms of tech options and advanced safety features than you'll see in any other high-mileage vehicles. It's not all positive though; the cabin is tight; the interior isn't exactly plush, and there's too much engine noise for a Lexus. But simply put, the 2010 Lexus HS 250h is the most fuel-efficient luxury car.

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