May 11, 2004
Edmunds.com names Top 10 most fuel-efficient cars
Santa Monica, California – Edmunds.com, a U.S. online automotive information source, announced a list of the most fuel-efficient cars in the United States.
- Honda Insight
- Toyota Prius
- Honda Civic Hybrid
- Volkswagen Golf TDI
Volkswagen Jetta TDI
Volkswagen New Beetle TDI
- Honda Civic HX (not available in Canada)
- Toyota Echo
- Toyota Corolla
- Scion xA (not available in Canada)
- Scion xB (not available in Canada)
- Dodge Neon
Toyota Celica GT
“It is impressive that the most fuel-efficient vehicles enjoy nearly double the per-gallon mileage of the vehicles lower on the list,” remarks Karl Brauer, Editor In Chief of Edmunds.com. “During city driving the Insight and Prius are rated at 60 miles to the gallon (3.9 litres/100 km) while the vehicles tied for 10th place get 29 (8.1 litres/100 km)”
Edmunds.com also determined that the average fuel economy for 2004 model year vehicles is 19 miles per gallon (12.4 litres/100 km) in city driving and 26 mpg (9.0 litres/100 km) on highways.
Additionally, Edmunds.com found the average fuel expense is U.S.$1,310 per vehicle, assuming 15,000 miles are driven per year. On average, cars run up $1,178 in fuel expenses per year while trucks, SUVs and minivans average $1,606 annual fuel costs. The most fuel-efficient segment is coupes priced under $15,000, with an average fuel cost of $843 per year while the least fuel-efficient segment is SUVs priced over $45,000, with an average fuel cost of $1,956 per year. The most popular segments are the sedans priced between $15 – $25,000, with an average annual fuel cost of $1,013, and the large trucks, with an average annual fuel cost of $1,874.
Edmunds.com expects the market to change drastically in the next couple of years as more manufacturers introduce hybrid vehicles, including SUV and truck models. Awaited as 2005 models are hybrid versions of the Chevrolet Silverado, Dodge Ram, Ford Escape, GMC Sierra, Honda Accord, Lexus RX 400h and Toyota Highlander. Additional hybrid vehicles are in development for the 2006 and 2007 model years. Other fuel-saving technologies are also becoming more common, such as the cylinder deactivation systems recently introduced by GM and Chrysler.