America’s Most Fuel Efficient Vehicles Announced


On an ongoing basis, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calculates the fuel economy of every single vehicle sold in America, determining fuel economy for both city and highway driving. These numbers play a critical role in helping consumers determine which cars deliver the best fuel economy, something just about every driver is concerned about today.

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For families with college students, particularly those whose sons and daughters must have access to a car while commuting to school or living on or near campus, choosing the best vehicle for the money is important to them. Most families settle on a quality, late model used car, but for some choosing a cost and fuel efficient new car is the best choice. With excellent cash back deals and low rate financing, opting for a new car now could be the way to go.

High MPG Cars For Every Family

For the 2009 model year, the EPA has published its list of the ten most fuel efficient passenger vehicles on the market. Five models are hybrids (gas-electric), three are gas powered, while two run exclusively on diesel fuel. As you might guess, the cars with the lowest sticker price are the gas models with diesel offerings starting in the low 20s. Finding a hybrid for less than $22,000 is difficult to do, with some models topping $30,000.

The following is the EPA list of the Top 10 most fuel efficient cars in America:

1. Toyota Prius (hybrid) — 48/45

2. Honda Civic Hybrid — 40/45

3. Nissan Altima Hybrid — 35/33

4. Ford Escape Hybrid FWD; Mazda Tribute Hybrid 2WD; Mercury Mariner Hybrid FWD — 34/31

5. Smart ForTwo convertible; Smart ForTwo coupe — 33/41

6. Toyota Camry Hybrid — 33/34

7. Volkswagen Jetta (manual, diesel); Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen (manual, diesel) — 30/41

8. Volkswagen Jetta (automatic, diesel); Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen (automatic, diesel) — 29/40

9. Toyota Yaris (manual) — 29/36

10. Toyota Yaris (automatic) – 29/35

The two passenger Smart ForTwo is the price leader, with a base sticker price of $11,590. A close second is the Toyota Yaris (manual) with a base price of $12,205.

Wait For The 2010 Honda Insight?

Families searching for an attractively priced hybrid model may want to wait until Spring 2009 when the Honda Insight returns after a three year absence. That car is expected to retail for about $18,500 with highway fuel economy approaching 60 mpg. Clearly, the Insight may end up being the most attractive car on the road when price and fuel economy are considered.

If you plan on shopping for a car for your student, compare prices as some of the best incentives in years are now being offered. In addition, some manufacturers offer an additional student discount of $300 to $500 on top of already great savings, making the purchase of a new car something families should weigh if looking for dependable transportation for their sons and daughters.

(Source: Environmental Protection Agency)

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