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Gas mileage by the numbers: 15 most fuel-efficient 2010 cars

Gas mileage by the numbers: 15 most fuel-efficient 2010 cars 1Gas mileage efficiency is an important consideration for many new car buyers. It’s likely more important for someone buying a Toyota Yaris than it is for the purchaser of a Cadillac Escalade.

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But EPA city and hwy mileage average are the most prominent numbers listed on an manufacturer’s monroney sticker.

Someone purchasing a Hummer is as interested in the numbers as someone buying a Honda Insight, but odds are they’ll still look at the averages.

Gas mileage by the numbers: 15 most fuel-efficient 2010 cars 2

All things considered, here are top 15 most fuel efficient cars, ranked in increasingly efficient order based on city mpg.

15. The Hyundai Elantra Blue (manual), MPG: 26 city, 35 highway Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price: $14,145; 14. Mini Cooper (manual) MPG: 28 city, 37 highway; MSRP: $19,500.

13. Toyota Yaris (manual), MPG: 29 city, 36 highway; MSRP: $12,905; 12 (tie): Volkswagen Jetta TDI (manual) MPG: 30 city, 41 highway, MSRP: $22,830; 12. Volkswagen Golf TDI (manual), MPG: 30 city, 41 highway; MSRP: $22,354 (Golf).

10. (tie) Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI (automatic), MPG: 30 city, 42 highway; MSRP: $24,615; 10. Audi A3 (automatic), MPG: 30 city, 42 highway; MSRP: $27,270.

8. Smart For-Two Coupe or Convertible (both automatic), MPG: 33 city, 41 highway; MSRP: $11,990; 7. Ford Escape (and Mazda Tribute) Hybrid (both automatic); MPG: 34 city, 31 highway; MSRP: $29,175.

6. Nissan Altima Hybrid (automatic), MPG: 35 city, 34 highway; MSRP: $26,650; 5. 2010 Lexus HS 250h (automatic), MPG: 35 city, 34 highway; MSRP: $34,650.

4. Honda Insight Hybrid (automatic), MPG: 40 city, 43 highway; MSRP: $19,800; 3. Honda Civic Hybrid (automatic), MPG: 40 city, 45 highway; MSRP: $23,800.

2. Ford Fusion (and Mercury Milan) Hybrid (automatic), MPG: 41 city, 36 highway; MSRP: $27,950; 1. Toyota Prius (automatic), MPG: 51 city, 48 highway; MSRP: $22,800.


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