Most Fuel Efficient Vehicles 2008



Americans love their vehicles and the freedom they provide. Southern Californians are famous for their car-crazy culture, and they make sacrifices to keep rolling—paying some of the highest prices for fuel in the country.

Fuel prices have steadily risen to significantly impact drivers’ budgets. Consumers driving fuel efficient vehicles can save thousands of dollars per year. They can also reduce our country’s dependence on foreign oil, conserve our natural resources, and produce less damage to our environment.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publishes a guide to fuel economy ratings for the vehicles in each model year. Ratings are calculated by the EPA’s criteria, designed to reflect typical driving behavior.

Procedures have recently changed due to recent criticism that the ratings were impossible to duplicate under real life conditions. Never the less, ratings have always been for comparison only, and consumers are advised that the mileage they get may vary.

Here then, is a summary of the most fuel efficient vehicles by vehicle segment, ranked by city miles per gallon (MPG):



Segment

Vehicle

City MPG

Hwy MPG

Subcompact Car

Toyota Yaris

29

36

Compact Car

Honda Civic Hybrid

40

45

Midsize Car

Toyota Prius*

48

45

Large Car

Honda Accord

22

31

Small Pickup Truck

Ford Ranger 2WD; Mazda B2300 2WD

21

26

Standard Pickup

Dodge Dakota 2WD

16

20

SUV

Ford Escape Hybrid; Mazda Tribute Hybrid; Mercury Mariner Hybrid

34

30

Minivan

Chrysler Town & Country; Dodge Caravan

17

24



*Toyota Prius’ 2008 rating was reduced from 52 City/60 Hwy, but still managed to top the list as the most fuel efficient vehicle overall. For full results of the most and least fuel efficient vehicles, go to: www.fueleconomy.gov.







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