How Many Non-Hybrids Do You Think Make the Ten Most Fuel Efficient Cars for ’10?


2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid

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Recently, our partners over at TheCarConnection.com reported on the EPA’s Fuel Economy Guide information that was released last week. The results from the EPA might surprise some of us because there is still a mental correlation between fuel efficiency and small cars among the average consumer. Of course, AllSmallCars.com would love to shout from the rooftops that this is completely true, but the truth of the matter is that hybrids are changing the players (and size of the players) in the fuel efficiency game.

First let’s run down the Top Ten Fuel-Efficient Cars for ’10:

 01.  Toyota Prius Hybrid

02.  Honda Civic Hybrid

03.  Honda Insight Hybrid

04.  Ford Fusion Hybrid

05.  Lexus HS 250h Hybrid

06.  Nissan Altima Hybrid

07.  Toyota Camry Hybrid

08.  Volkswagen Jetta / Sportwagen

09.  Volkswagen Golf

10.  Toyota Yaris

Surprised? For the majority of people up on their hybrids this probably isn’t to much of a shock, especially considering the amount of press the 2010 Toyota Prius has gotten having a 50 mpg combined (city and highway) rating. The real unexpected result is the amount of mid-size cars on this list. Clustered right in the middle are the Fusion, HS 250h, Altima and Camry. Hybrids are truly changing the way we look at fuel economy and changing the cost of having a vehicle that can still carry the family in comfort.

Bottom line—Hybirds aren’t the final answer, but they are a big step in the right direction. However, keep this in mind, the yearly cost difference in fuel between the number one fuel-efficient car and the tenth fuel-efficient car is $437 using the EPA calculations.

Be sure to roll on over to TheCarConnection.com to read the full coverage of the Top Ten Fuel-Efficient Cars for ’10.

 
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