Hybrids dominate list of top 10 fuel sippers
Love ‘em or hate ‘em, hybrids have gone mainstream.
Nine of the top 10 vehicles in the government’s fuel economy rankings for the 2010 model year are hybrids. And they come from six automakers and carry nine nameplates.
“There’s now a hybrid for everyone,” the government said in releasing the latest findings. “It’s not either a [Toyota] Prius or a [Honda] Insight anymore.”
The Prius hybrid was once again the leader, with its fuel economy of 51 miles per gallon in city driving and 48 mpg on the highway, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s testing methodology. Other vehicles in the top 10 include the Ford Fusion hybrid and its Mercury Milan twin, the Civic and Insight hybrids from Honda, and the Nissan Altima.
The only non-hybrid at the top of the list was the tiny Smart For Two from Daimler, which clocked in at 33 mpg city/41 highway.
One car you won’t find on the list is the Tesla Roadster -- or any of the electric cars silently plying the nation’s roads in growing numbers. The EPA is still trying to figure out how to measure fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions in electric cars and plug-in hybrids in a way that would provide meaningful comparisons with traditional gasoline- and diesel-powered cars.
The bottom of the rankings was populated by expensive gas-burners from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Bentley and the like -- cars whose owners presumably can pay the extra cost at the pump without blinking.
The award for worst fuel economy goes to the Lamborghini Murcielago, which has a base manufacturer’s suggested retail price, or MSRP, of $392,400 and burns 34.3 barrels of oil a year, or $4,230 worth of gas, according to the EPA. The Prius, which carries a base sticker of $22,000, burns 6.9 barrels of oil annually, or $774 worth of gas.
To see the full top 10, as well as lists of the most fuel-efficient vehicles by category and the 10 biggest gas guzzlers, check out the Up to Speed blog post on latimes.com.
Check out your vehicle’s fuel economy stats and compare them with other makes and models at fueleconomy.gov.