Online Guide Rates Fuel Economy of Cars

Online Guide Rates Fuel Economy of Cars

DOE marked the start of Energy Awareness Month on Monday with an updated version of the Fuel Economy Guide that includes the 2001 Model Year. The guide, a joint effort of DOE and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ranks the fuel efficiency of vehicles in various class sizes. The Honda Insight and the Toyota Prius -- both hybrid gasoline-electric vehicles -- currently top the list for fuel efficiency.

"With the click of a mouse, consumers can learn valuable and helpful information to help make wise car-buying decisions," said Bill Richardson, U.S. Energy Secretary. "Car shoppers can do side-by-side comparisons on numerous vehicle models from 1985 to the present, reviewing their fuel efficiency measures."

According to EPA Administrator Carol Browner, these rankings can help every consumer make more informed decisions when purchasing a new vehicle. Choosing the most fuel-efficient vehicle in a class can save the owner at least $1,500 in fuel costs, avoid tons of pollution that causes global warming, and help reduce dependence on imported oil.

For the second consecutive year, advanced hybrid technology vehicles were rated best in fuel efficiency. Estimates for the 2001 model year vehicles rank the Honda Insight as the most fuel efficient car. It gets 61 miles per gallon (mpg) during city driving and 68 mpg on the highway.

Ranking second is the Toyota Prius, which cruises at 52 mpg in the city and 45 mpg on the highway. Both the Insight and Prius are hybrid electric vehicles, using the combination of a small gasoline engine and a self-charging motor/generator.

The Ferrari 550 Maranello has the lowest fuel economy rating of all vehicles with a city rating at eight mpg and 13 mpg highway.

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