Toyota Yaris 2010
The Yaris has governed in its category since 2007 when it displaced the past leading, the New Beetle of Volkswagen. The EPA list includes, in each category and when it’s possible, an automatic transmission vehicle and other manual. The Yaris dominates both positions with 29 MPG in the city and 35 MPG in the highway for the automatic version and 29/35 for the manual.
Honda Civic Hybrid 2010
In the global list of more efficient vehicles, the Honda Civic Hybrid appears in the third position. Its 40 MPG in the city and 45 MPG in highways put it in the top of a prominent group of compact cars, surpassing to the new hybrid from Honda, the renewed Insight. Things for the Civic could be better for the couple of years. As Charmley noted, the manufacturers prefer to apply an important update of its hybrid powertrain to one model at a time (in the Honda case, this is for the Insight 2010) and then move out the learned lessons to other hybrids. Although for years the compact category had led for its fuel economy, the Civic Hybrid expects a redesign.
Toyota Prius 2010
The Prius 2010 extended the limits of hybrid technology to the record of 51 mpg city and 48 highway record in the industry and an improvement of 3 mpg on the previous Prius. This makes the third generation Prius model more efficient according to EPA, a title in its possession since 2007 when Honda stopped producing the two-seat Insight hybrid. The reign of the Prius could end next year if GM keeps his promise and launches the electric Volt with its expected 230 mpg. Although the Volt get real and add a zero to the issued by EPA, be sure to keep an eye on the spillover effect Prius technology can produce in the other hybrids of the brand by improving consumption.
Hyundai Sonata 2010
The Sonata has been competing for years in this category with the Honda Accord. It registered the best number from the 2007 models, only surpassed in 2008 by the Accord. Hyundai went back into the ring last year and has remained the top of the positions in 2010, surpassing the 4-door with manual transmission from Accord by a whisker. The Sonata register 22 MPG city and 32 highway compared to 22/31 mpg from the Accord. What traditionally was a head to head race, could shortly become in beating if Hyundai Sonata get achieve its hybrid-powered lithium-ion batteries for motor shows before October 2010.
Audi A3 TDI 2010
In a category that does not yet appears a hybrid, the prize for economics it taken by a diesel. Traditionally, it was the Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen in its automatic and manual versions. This year, appeared a third diesel, the Audi A3, which knew how to reach the Jetta SportWagen, achieving 30 mpg city and 42 mpg highway. The A3 also offers one of the best examples of the optimum potential relation cost-benefit from a diesel. The equivalent A3 running on gasoline just achieves 22/28 mpg and forces to the driver to pay $585 more a year, according to EPA.
The rest of the best fuel economy cars for this year 2010 are: the Volkswagen Passat Wagon 2010 with 22 MPG/City and 31 MPG/Hwy, the Ford Escape Hybrid 2010 with 34 MPG/City and 31 MPG/Hwy, the Mazda Mazda5 2010, the Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid 2010 with 21 MPG/City and 22 MPG/Hwy. Surprisingly, the Escape Hybrid achieves better overall mileage compared with the smaller Toyota Camry Hybrid and, in city, than the small Smart Fortwo Coupe.