A quick sort reveals 99 vehicles that meet the 2016 CAFÉ spec today… [fimg=right]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/2010_BMW_335d_in_the_Alps2.jpg[/fimg]Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - April 3, 2010 2010 BMW 335d, North America’s most fuel efficient performance sedan, starts at $43,950, runs 0 to 60 in 6.0 seconds and is rated at 27 mpg combined per the EPA (36 mpg per CAFE’). With the DOT/EPA’s recent announcement that the US light duty fleet will need to achieve 35.5 mpg by 2016, we were offered the opportunity to see what this actually means to the American consumer. While most CleanMPG’ers know CAFÉ’ standards are based on unadjusted pre-1985 Fuel Economy ratings which vastly overstate Fuel Economy ratings displayed and required on every new automobile sold within the US, how does the US automobile fleet actually fare? What we did was sort the entire list of vehicles available within the US that meet this mythical 35.5 mpg CAFÉ’ standard today. The result? 99 different makes and models of today’s, safest and most fuel efficient automobiles not only meet the standard but in one case, actually doubles it! If you believe this means just subcompact fuel misers, think again as there is one performance sedan, a number of 2 and 4WD SUV’s and mid-sized sedans with conventional, hybrid and diesel power trains. If your needs cannot be met by the light duty vehicles listed below, consider the consequences. While our politicians continue with the edict that they are fighting for the “American People”, the reality of today’s automobiles from a number of US, European and Asian manufacturers alike appears to be far beyond these politico’s basic understanding. What it shows is the men and woman within our executive and legislative branches are “pulling the wool over your eyes” when it comes to meaningful fuel economy increases and the need to stop funding “the terrorist” we have spent $Trillions of dollars to stop. “Just the facts, Ma'am. Nothing but the facts” In 2008, we (the US) consumed 19.5 Million Barrels of Crude oil per day to sustain our lifestyle and economy. Unfortunately, the US lost its ability to self support its oil consumption habit back in the midst of WWII and since then, has only slid further back into the abyss of oil dependence. Given US domestic oil production peaked in 1970, the problem has only got worse. As of 2008, the US imported 57% of its (our) daily needs. Of the 19.5 Million barrels we consume on a daily basis, 11.1 Million of those barrels are imported. At the time of this write-up, Crude Oil costs as much as $85 per barrel which means we are paying upwards of $900 Million dollars per day to “others”. Some sour crudes are less costly to import but we can expect to see a lot higher than $85 per barrel as time passes. Over a year’s time, $85 per barrel equates to over One-third of a Trillion US Dollars or $1,100 for each man, woman and child who are citizens of the United States heading across our borders so that we can drive whatever meets our wants of the moment. Maybe it is time to “take the message” to the streets in our own standard fashion with a standard guide. Let the consumer decide if he or she wants to continue to fund those that want to kill us, our friends, our families and US citizens everywhere, expedite our demise with a balance of payment crisis as we send that third of a $Trillion US Dollars to others in order to support “our drug habit” and finally emit whatever amount of CO2 we want simply because we can. May we present to you, the Super 99! While the 2010 list contains a number of vehicles that may not be available today including Pontiac’s and Saturn’s, a number of near equivalent vehicles with different drivetrains and vehicles that have yet to be included in the list including the available 11 Hyundai Sonata and future 2011 models that will easily break 35.5 mpg per CAFE, the fact that today’s list contains exactly 99 vehicles that meet the 2016 - 35.5 mpg standard per the DOT’s CAFE’ standards is quite interesting. The Super 99 Column1Column2Column3Column4Column5Column6Column7Column8RankMakeModelEngine displacement (Liters)CylindersTransmission08 EPA Combined (mpg)CAFÉ standards Combined (mpg) 1ToyotaPRIUS1.84Auto5070.894 2HondaCIVIC HYBRID1.34Auto4258.8362 3HondaINSIGHT LX1.34Auto 4157.6633 4HondaINSIGHT EX1.34Auto4157.4322 5FordFUSION HYBRID2.54Auto 3954.1846 6MercuryMILAN HYBRID2.54Auto3954.1846 7Smartfortwo (CABRIOLET)1.03Auto3649.5029 8Smartfortwo (COUPE)1.03Auto3649.5029 9LexusHS 250h2.44Auto 3547.273 10NissanALTIMA HYBRID2.54Auto3446.7098 11VolkswagenGOLF TDI2.04Auto3446.1981 12VolkswagenJETTA TDI2.04Auto 3446.1981 13AudiA3 TDI2.04Auto 3446.1981 14VolkswagenJETTA SPORTWAGEN TDI2.04Auto3446.1981 15ToyotaCAMRY HYBRID2.44Auto 3445.9416 16VolkswagenGOLF TDI2.04Manual3445.7021 17VolkswagenJETTA TDI2.04Manual3445.7021 18VolkswagenJETTA SPORTWAGEN TDI2.04Manual3445.7021 19FordESCAPE HYBRID2.54Auto3244.1352 20MazdaTRIBUTE HYBRID FWD2.54Auto3244.135 21MercuryMARINER HYBRID FWD2.54Auto3244.1352 22ToyotaYARIS1.54Manual3242.5938 23MiniCooper1.64Manual3242.5193 24MiniConvertible1.64Manual3142.2735 25MiniClubman1.64Manual3142.2735 26ToyotaYARIS1.54Auto3141.8549 27HondaFIT1.54Auto3141.3287 28KiaRIO1.64Manual3141.1392 29HyundaiACCENT BLUE1.64Manual3140.8299 30HyundaiACCENT1.64Manual3040.6975 31KiaRIO1.64Auto3040.415 32LexusRX 450h3.56Auto3040.3557 33NissanVERSA1.84Auto3040.2628 34KiaFORTE2.04Auto3040.2557 35HyundaiACCENT1.64Auto3040.2081 36ChevroletAVEO 51.64Manual3039.9887 37SuzukiSWIFT1.64Manual3039.9887 38ChevroletAVEO1.64Manual3039.9887 39PontiacG3 (5 DOOR)1.64Manual3039.9887 40HondaFIT1.54Auto3039.811 41ToyotaCOROLLA1.84Manual3039.7196 42HondaFIT1.54Manual2939.6951 43ToyotaCOROLLA1.84Auto2939.402 44ChevroletCOBALT COUPE2.24Manual2939.31 45ChevroletCOBALT XFE COUPE2.24Manual3039.31 46PontiacG52.24Manual2939.31 47PontiacG5 GT2.24Manual2939.31 48PontiacG5 XFE2.24Manual3039.31 49ChevroletCOBALT SEDAN2.24Manual2939.31 50ChevroletCOBALT XFE SEDAN2.24Manual3039.31 51ScionxD1.84Manual2939.3004 52HondaCIVIC1.84Auto2939.2645 53Scion xD1.84Auto2939.2527 54HondaCIVIC1.84Manual2939.2412 55HyundaiELANTRA BLUE2.04Manual 2939.2326 56LexusRX 450h AWD3.56Auto2939.1515 57NissanSENTRA2.04Auto2939.1051 58MiniCooper S1.64Manual2938.8644 59MiniCooper S Convertible1.64Manual2938.8644 60MiniClubman S1.64Manual2938.8644 61FordESCAPE HYBRID 4WD2.54Auto2938.8165 62MazdaTRIBUTE HYBRID 4WD2.54Auto2938.8165 63MercuryMARINER HYBRID 4WD2.54Auto2938.8165 64HyundaiELANTRA2.04Auto2938.7552 65ChevroletMALIBU HYBRID2.44Auto2938.5776 66NissanVERSA1.64Manual 2938.2701 67HyundaiELANTRA2.04Manual2937.9306 68NissanVERSA1.64Auto2837.8863 69PontiacVIBE1.84Manual2837.8592 70ToyotaMATRIX1.84Manual 2837.8186 71KiaSOUL1.64Manual2837.8026 72MiniConvertible1.64Auto2837.6641 73MiniCooper1.64Auto2837.6641 74MiniClubman1.64Auto2837.6641 75KiaFORTE2.04Auto2837.5582 76HondaCIVIC1.84Auto2837.5195 77ChevroletAVEO 51.64Auto2837.467 78ChevroletAVEO1.64Auto2837.467 79PontiacG3 (5 DOOR)1.64Auto2837.467 80NissanVERSA1.84Manual2837.3172 81SuzukiSX4 SEDAN2.04Auto2837.2125 82KiaFORTE2.04Manual2837.1765 83FordFOCUS2.04Manual2837.1373 84MazdaMAZDA32.04Manual2837.1279 85MiniJohn Cooper Works1.64Manual2837.1126 86MiniJohn Cooper Works Clubman1.64Manual2837.1126 87MiniJohn Cooper Works Convertible1.64Manual2837.1126 88PontiacVIBE1.84Auto2837.0863 89KiaSOUL1.64Auto2836.952 90FordFOCUS2.04Auto2836.8912 91ToyotaCOROLLA MATRIX1.84Auto2836.8671 92SaturnVUE HYBRID2.44Auto2836.725 93BMW335d Turbo Diesel3.06Auto2736.0078 94MazdaMAZDA32.04Auto2735.9185 95NissanVERSA1.84Auto2735.8688 96ChevroletCOBALT COUPE2.24Auto2735.858 97PontiacG52.24Auto2735.858 98ChevroletCOBALT SEDAN2.24Auto2735.858 99PontiacG5 GT2.24Auto2635.858 19 hybrids, 8 diesels and 72 conventionally powered automobiles that meet tomorrow’s fuel economy requirements today.