With gas prices at $3.22 cents a gallon for regular unleaded in L.A., many people are thinking about buying a new car with better gas mileage. Get a closer look at what's on the market for 2008.
Dave Kunz ABC7 LA Dec. 28, 2007
2008 FEH at 34/30 city/highway is not only the most fuel efficient SUV available, it is reasonably priced starting at $25,075. -- Ed.
As high pump prices keep taking a toll on consumers' budgets, more people are saying they want more efficiency in their next new car purchase.
Forty-four percent of buyers have either changed their mind on the vehicle they are buying, or would consider changing their mind, based on fuel economy," said Kelley Blue Book editor Micah Muzio.
The team at Kelley Blue Book showed Eyewitness News the top miles-per-gallon vehicles in seven different categories.
For sedans, there was no surprise, as the Toyota Prius Hybrid leads the pack (48 mpg city/45 hwy.). If a wagon is in your car buying plans, the compact Toyota Matrix and its mechanical twin, the Pontiac Vibe, are both rated well (26 mpg city/33 hwy.).
"Regardless of what class of vehicle you are looking in, there's an economical choice for the consumer to consider," said Muzio.
Convertibles can be fun -- and miserly with fuel, too. The Mini Cooper Convertible (27 mpg city/35 hwy.) wins this category. But that's with the standard manual transmission. If you want an automatic, you lose one mile per gallon in the city, and two on the highway.
For SUVs, the top one is actually the top three -- the Ford Escape Hybrid, Mercury Mariner Hybrid, and new Mazda Escape Hybrid. They are all mechanically identical in two wheel drive form (34 mpg city/30 hwy.)