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Good Fuel Economy The Hallmark Of These Five Vehicles

Doesn’t it make you feel great when you catch the government doing something conspicuously correct?  Usually it’s the other way around, but if you take a look at their website on passenger car fuel economy you’ll see one they got right.  This info is useful, easy to interpret and simple to navigate.  You can find MPG ratings for each car manufactured and a listing of what cars are the most and least fuel-efficient.

Having a vehicle that’s frugal on fuel is becoming popular again, especially with the price of a barrel of oil running at $100+.  Electrics and hybrids are being seen on the road more often and, for sure, it’s this technology that earns best marks in efficiency.  The Smart Car has become incredibly popular since Steve Martin, in the role of Inspector Jacques Clouseau, drove one in “The Pink Panther.”

The Five Best on Economy

The highest rated passenger car is the Nissan Leaf. It actually gets better mileage in city driving than when out on the open road, which seems kind of crazy, but when you consider the operation of a hybrid it makes more sense.  It’s rated at 106/city and 92/highway.  Of course, these numbers are typically ‘best case scenario.’

The Chevrolet Volt, another hybrid, doesn’t measure up to the Nissan Leaf but the numbers are respectable: 95 MPG/city and 40 MPG/highway.

The Leaf is rated as a mid-sized, while the Volt is considered a compact.  For 2-seaters, Smart earns top honors with two models, each testing out at 94/city and 79/highway.

For large cars, Hyundai Sonata and Honda Accord top the list, with about 24/city and 35/highway.  For small wagons, the Audi A3 and the VW Jetta SportWagen tie in fuel economy at 30/42.  Both have diesel engines.

Two Mini-Coopers top the ‘minicompact’ classification, one automatic and one manual transmission.  They posted 28/36 city/highway.

In Central NY State a company called NYE Automotive Group, in Oneida, is in business helping our neighbors find perfect cars for individual needs.

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