Most Fuel Efficient Vehicles

Most efficient overall – Honda Insight hybrid

With 60 mpg city and 66 mpg highway, the Honda hybrid

has top honors as most fuel efficient in the United

States. With a 1.0 gas engine mated to an electric

motor, the insight was designed to make the most

of the power by using low resistance tires. The

bad things about the Insight include a cramped

interior, seating for two, and a very odd styling.

Fuel efficient mid size car – Toyota Prius hybrid

(60 mpg city and 51 mpg highway)

The Prius, unlike the Honda Insight, is capable of

carrying 5 people plus their gear. The Prius will

generate a total of 110 HP from its gasoline engine

and electric motor. The sleek shape to the Prius

has a low co-efficient drag although Toyota has

managed to do this with a larger, yet more driver

friendly vehicle than the Insight of Toyota.

Most efficient compact car – Honda Civic hybrid

(49 mpg city and 51 mpg highway)

With a reputation of being the cheapest hybrid in

North America, the Civic hybrid takes the great

design of the regular Civic and makes it a lot more

efficient. With an output of 110 HP, the Civic

hybrid is very competitive for the class.

Most efficient sub compact car – Volkswagon diesel

(37 mpg city and 44 mpg highway)

The Volkswagon Beetle diesel is ahead of even the

sub compact hybrids. Making 100 HP, the Beetle

diesel may not sound that powerful, although the

177 lb-foot of torque will put shame on every

other vehicle in the same class.

Most efficient station wagon – Pontiac and Toyota

(30 mpg city and 36 mpg highway)

The Pontiac Vibe and Toyota Matrix are both the

result of a joint venture of Toyota and General

Motors. Both vehicles come equipped with Toyota

engines, although a lot of the design and

engineering came from General Motors. Both the

Matrix and the Vibe are versatile with active

lifestyles. With a fuel efficient 1.8L 4 cylinder

that produces 126 HP, the Matrix and the Vibe

aren’t going to win a street race although they

make up for it with smoothness, efficiency, and

refinement.

Most efficient large car – Hyundai Sonata

(24 mpg city and 34 mpg highway)

The Sonata is a major surprise, beating out very

stiff competition. The 2.4L 4 cylinder engine is

very smooth, responsive, and powerful. The

suspension however, is soft, and geared more

towards comfort than handling. This isn’t a BMW,

although the build quality is great, clearly

demonstrating that Hyundai is no longer a second

rate manufacturer.

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