Top 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Cars for 2006
With gas prices steep as a Himalayan slope, fuel-efficiency is a prime consideration for an ever increasing number of car buyers. For all you smart souls with an eye on the pump, we've compiled a list of the 10 most fuel-efficient cars currently sold in the U.S.
Rankings are based on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) miles-per-gallon ratings for city and highway travel. More specifically, we used the EPA's combined fuel economy formula: 55 percent of city mpg rating plus 45 percent of highway mpg rating. The rating for each vehicle below is expressed in mpg as a city/highway ratio. All ratings apply to base models equipped with a manual transmission, except where indicated otherwise with an asterisk.
Each model was allowed only one appearance on the list. The sole exception is the Honda Civic, which appears twice as a result of being available in both gas-electric hybrid and regular gasoline versions.
- Honda Insight — 60/66
- Toyota Prius — 60/51*
- Honda Civic Hybrid — 49/51*
- Volkswagen Golf TDI — 37/44
Volkswagen New Beetle TDI — 37/44
- Volkswagen Jetta TDI — 36/41
- Toyota Corolla — 32/41
- Scion xA — 32/37
- Hyundai Accent — 32/35
Kia Rio — 32/35
- Honda Civic — 30/40*
- Pontiac Vibe — 30/36
Toyota Matrix — 30/36
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