Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. captured six of the U.S. government’s top 10 fuel-economy ratings for 2011 models, according to the Environmental Protection Agency and Energy Department.
Toyota’s Prius hybrid remains country’s highest fuel mileage car with 51 mpg (city) and 48 mpg (highway) averages.
Ford Motor Co., the only U.S. automaker to rate in the top 10, finished second with the Fusion, Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKZ hybrids. Honda finished in the third position with the Civic and Insight hybrids and in fourth with the CR-Z hybrid, according to the two agencies.
Automakers selling models in the U.S. are trying to boost the fuel efficiency of their models after President Barack Obama in April ordered a five percent annual increase in mileage to an average of 35.5 mpg by 2016 models.
Fuel Economy Leaders: 2011 Model Year
1. Toyota Prius (hybrid) 51/48
2. Ford Fusion Hybrid FWD, Mercury Milan Hybrid FWD, Lincoln MKZ Hybrid FWD, 41/36
3. Honda Civic Hybrid, Honda Insight (hybrid) 40/43
4. Honda CR-Z (automatic, hybrid), 35/39
5. Lexus HS 250h (hybrid), 35/34
6. Ford Escape Hybrid FWD, Mazda Tribute Hybrid 2WD, Mercury Mariner Hybrid FWD 34/31
7. Smart Fortwo (Cabriolet), Smart Fortwo (Coupe) 33/41
8. Nissan Altima Hybrid, 33/33
9. Lexus RX 450h 2WD, (hybrid) 32/28
10. Honda CR-Z (manual, hybrid), 31/37
(No 2011 model year electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles have completed testing as of publication of this list.)