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Winners ‘n Sinners in New EPA Fuel Economy Guide

How to save energy and save money.

by on Oct.15, 2009

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy today unveiled the 2010 Fuel Economy Guide, which gives consumers important information about estimated fuel costs and mileage standards for model year 2010 vehicles.

“Every year, consumers use the Fuel Economy Guide to find clean, efficient, cost-effective vehicles that meets their needs and their budgets,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson.  “It’s an easy, accessible resource for everyone, and helps us cut harmful pollution from the air, and save money for American drivers.”

Japanese vehicles took seven out of the top ten spots on the best economy list, with the breakthrough, third generation Toyota Prius leading the way. Notable in their absence are vehicles from taxpayer subsidized General Motors Company and Fiat-controlled Chrysler Group. Ford Motor Company has a strong contender with its Fusion and Mercury Milan hybrids, which are based on a Japanese platform (Mazda 6) and license technology from Toyota.

2010 EPA Fuel Economy Leaders, City/Highway

  1. Toyota Prius (hybrid) 51/48
  2. Ford Fusion Hybrid FWD, Mercury Milan Hybrid FWD 41/36
  3. Honda Civic Hybrid 40/45
  4. Honda Insight (hybrid) 40/43
  5. Lexus HS250h (hybrid) 35/34
  6. Nissan Altima Hybrid 35/33
  7. Ford Escape Hybrid FWD, Mazda Tribute Hybrid 2WD, Mercury Mariner Hybrid FWD 34/31
  8. Smart fortwo Cabriolet (automatic)  Smart fortwo Coupe (automatic) 33/41
  9. Toyota Camry Hybrid 33/34

10.  Lexus RX450h (hybrid, 2WD) 32/28