Prius Hybrid Named Most Fuel Efficient Vehicle Again
Fuel Economy Guide creates list of cars and SUVs with highest fuel efficiency; find out who made the list
The Toyota Prius hybrid has once again been ranked as the car with the highest fuel efficiency by the Fuel Economy Guide 2011, produced jointly by the U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency (Full Guide). With a fuel efficiency rating of 51 miles per gallon for city driving and 48 mpg on the highway, a 2011 Prius owner can budget to spend $861 in yearly fuel costs (at a cost of $2.87 per gallon and 15,000 miles). The Guide did not include all-electric cars in its rankings, but it did rank cars using diesel and ethanol fuel.
The Ford Fusion Hybrid, the Mercury Milan Hybrid, and the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid tied for second place with fuel efficiency ratings of 41 mpg for city driving and 36 mpg on the highway. Honda's Civic Hybrid and Insight Hybrid models tied for third place with fuel efficiency ratings of 40 mpg in the city and 43 mpg in highway driving.
The SUVs ranked highest for fuel efficiency were the Ford Escape Hybrid 4WD, Mazda Tribute Hybrid 2WD, and Mercury Mariner Hybrid 4WD, with average fuel efficiencies of 34 mpg city driving and 31 mpg on the highway.
Since everyone's driving habits are different, the Fuel Economy site allows consumers to customize selections and see how each car will perform specifically with them. Factors taken into consideration when calculating the car's fuel efficiency include: gas prices, city driving versus highway driving, yearly miles, and fuel grade.