The 10 most fuel-efficient new automobiles available in America

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  1. YarSwiss

    YarSwiss C'est quoi 'hypermile' en Francais?

    Well, I just calculated that my annual fuel cost with my Yaris Auto, even in the worst of conditions, would be less than the Prius:D

    If gas was $4.00 a gallon, and I only averaged 48mpg (I am now hitting 54mpg), and drove 12,000 miles a year, which is about 1000 more than I usually do, I would be at 9.5cents/mile. I would be spending exactly $1000 dollars a year in gas.

    At current prices with my current mpg and mileage ($3.50/gal, 50mpg, 11,500 miles), which comes out to 7cents/mile, I would be paying $805 a year for gas! Compare that to the $1354 the average driver would get if they only achieved the EPA estimates of 31mpg combined.

    Now THAT'S the perks of hypermiling!

    I'm gonna get a new bumper sticker to harass FSPs with: "My car runs a year on what your car uses in 3 months!"
  2. voodoo22

    voodoo22 Cheaper than the bus

    I hear ya. There's a guy at work who drives a full sized GMC Truck. He was bragging about how his new Truck gets almost 700 km's on 90 litres. I'm getting over 900 kms on 40 litres with the Yaris and I'm not bragging. I told him in 2 days driving to work, he uses more gas than I use all week. He doesn't believe me, but it's people like him who make me feel smart.... to a degree anyways.
  3. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    ___Per a members request, I updated the list including the latest top 10 including their 08 EPA combined, MSRP’s, average fuel costs and total fuel costs.

    ___Unfortunately, the VW TDI’s did not make the 10 most fuel efficient on a cost basis because diesel is still running $3.50 per gallon on average nationwide and with a 34 mpg combined rating, the TDI with a stick costs $1,544 to refuel which just missed the cut.

    ___I still have not figured out a way to include the Tesla properly given its no fuel use status and even on electricity per gallons of gasoline consumed equivalent would trounce the entire list including the hybrids!

    ___Good Luck

  4. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Paul:

    ___All the vehicles are 09’s except for the Smart as their is no 09 yet…

    ___There are also any number of ways to calculate kWh/Mile to gallon equivalent including the DOE’s own but the latest report on the Tesla was 255 city/235 highway for a 244 mpg rating on the non-adjusted (2) test CAFÉ’ standards. With adjustments, 229 city/193 highway for 212 mpgUS combined.

    ___Good Luck

  5. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    ___I updated the 10 most fuel-efficient new automobiles available in America list with the addition of the all-new 2010 Honda Insight-II, 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid and 2009 VW Jetta TDI. The Smart Fortwo, Honda Fit and Mini Cooper no longer make the cut.

    ___Fuel costs were recalculated with the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded this week at $2.69 per gallon, Premium at $2.89, CNG at $2.00 and Diesel at $2.62.

    ___When the 2010 Lexus HS 250h is released later this summer, the Ford Escape SUV and Yaris will be hanging on by their fingertips.

    ___Good Luck

  6. Trick

    Trick Active Member

    Sad to see my Fit come off the list--but I'm glad to see more Hybrids added. Someday I will be able to afford one (though I'll drive the fit until it falls apart or I can pass it off to my g/f).

  7. johnwolak

    johnwolak hyperdude

    You know I thought I was doing good at 37.2 mpg city with my Honda Fit. Some of you guys make my Fit look like a gas hog. I just wonder if you can do that everyday in normal driving conditions.
  8. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Hi, John! Welcome to the site. :)

    Oh yes, we do it each and every day. :D Have a look at our Daily Grind threads here:

    The Daily Grind
  9. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    ___A short early September update...

    ___I pulled the 32 mpg rated 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid while adding the all-new, 35 mpg rated 2010 Lexus HS 250h. In November, the Yaris will fall off when the Audi A3 TDI is officially available at an Audi dealership near you.

    ___Good Luck

  10. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    I'm not sure I agree with that - putting the A3 TDI on the list. It's mechanically very similar to the Jetta, which is already on the list. Is there enough difference to warrant both of them being on the list? The Mercury Mariner and Milan hybrids are not included, so why the A3? I think the Yaris is more useful to have on the list, as it's a very flexible, very inexpensive and still highly efficient option that's within the reach of anyone shopping for a car.
  11. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Andrew:

    ___The Audi A3 TDI is more fuel efficient (42 mpg highway - 35 mpgUS combined) than the Jetta TDI (41 mpg highway - 34 mpgUS combined) so they are doing something different.

    ___Good Luck

  12. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Interesting. I'm curious to know what the difference is. And why they're not doing it on the Jetta as well.
  13. KrazyDawg

    KrazyDawg Well-Known Member

    2009 Honda Civic GX Est. annual fuel cost: $1,071 -- 28 MPG  combined/gallon equivalent on CNG -- Base price: $25,090
    Shouldn't that be 38 MPG?
  14. robertc

    robertc New Member

    Re : The 10 most fuel-efficient new automobiles available in America

    I own a 2003 VW newbeetle with a diesel engine. I average around 50 mpg. That is as good as the best car you listed. Furthermore, diesels do better than hybrids on open road driving. Perhaps, the article only listed gasoline powered cars or is biased towards city driving.
  15. dieselbeetle

    dieselbeetle Member

    Totally awesome article.

    I love the Yaris, personally.
  16. RichXKU

    RichXKU Well-Known Member

    Wow. someone certainly resurrected this article. That list was from 2008, I'm sure it looks a bit different now.

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