Saturday, November 18, 2006

Most fuel-efficient cars for 2006

s and diesels tops in EPA's new Fuel Economy Guide. top SUV.

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - The , a gas-electric car, edged out the as the most fuel-efficient vehicle in the U.S., according to new mileage ratings from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy.

Both get an estimated 60 miles per gallon in city driving.

The , a two-seat car, gets an estimated 66 miles an gallon on the highway, though, while the Prius gets 55 miles per gallon.

The , a car that's classified as mid-sized, uses a different system that delivers better mileage in stop-and-go driving than in steady highway cruising.

The EPA's fuel economy figures are based on laboratory tests. Drivers in real-world conditions generally report lower actual mileage.

Mileage estimates for the redesigned 2006 Honda Civic are not yet available. The 2005 version ranked fourth overall last year, behind two versions of the Insight and the .

The is the most efficient "mid-sized" sedan by a wide margin. The Hyundai Elantra is listed as the most efficient non- mid-sized sedan. It gets an estimated 34 miles per gallon on the highway and 27 in the city.

Diesel-powered cars from Volkswagen took the top spots in the "compact" and "sub-compact" car categories. The diesel VW Beetle with manual transmission is the most efficient sub-compact and the VW Golf diesel, which is built on the same vehicle structure as the Beetle, is the most efficient compact. Both get an estimated 44 mpg on the highway and 37 in the city.

The Beetle and Golf tied for third in overall mileage rankings.

Among SUVs, the is the most efficient. It gets 36 mpg in city driving and 31 on the highway.

The Mercury Mariner and Mazda Tribute are very similar and get the same mileage. All tied for eighth in overall mileage rankings.

Top 10 vehicles overall:

1. () -- 60/66
2. (hybrid) -- 60/51
3. Volkswagen New Beetle and Golf (diesel, manual) -- 37/44
4. Volkswagen Jetta (diesel) -- 36/41
5. Ford Escape FWD -- 36/31
6. Volkswagen New Beetle and Jetta(diesel, automatic) -- 35/42
7. Volkswagen Golf (diesel, automatic) -- 33/44
8. 4WD (Also Mazda Tribute and Mercury Mariner 4WD s) -- 33/29
9. Lexus RX 400h 2WD and Toyota Highlander 2WD -- 33/28
10. Toyota Corolla (manual) -- 32/41

Taken from cnn dot com

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