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Honda Insight tops fuel economy list


My last post about the bio-fuel school buses made me curious about where cars are falling on the range of current fuel economy standards. Thankfully there’s an AP story out today that saved me the surfing.

The manual version of the hybrid Honda Insight tops the latest government auto fuel economy list, with 60 miles per gallon in the city and 66 mpg on the highway.

The competitor hybrid Toyota Prius was second with 60 mpg in the city and 51 on the highway, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy said Wednesday.

Ford Motor Co., with its hybrid SUVs, was the only American carmaker to crack the top-10 list for 2006 vehicles.

Honda, Toyota and Volkswagen make eight of the top 10 cars, mostly hybrid electric-gas or diesel-powered. Ford Escape hybrid SUVs, two-wheel and four-wheel drive, round out the list.

The only gas-only vehicle to make the top 10 is the manual Toyota Corolla.

By classes of vehicles:
* SUV: Ford Escape, with 36 mpg in the city and 31 on the highway.
* Pickup: Ford Ranger, 24 mpg in the city and 29 on the highway.
* Station wagons: the manual Pontiac Vibe and Toyota Corolla Matrix (both 30 mpg in the city and 36 on the highway)
* Minivan: Honda Odyssey, 20 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway.
* Cargo and passenger vans: Chevrolet and GMC, each with 15 mpg in the city and 20 on the highway.

The guzzlers…

* The automatic version of the Dodge Ram pickup – 9 mpg in the city and 12 mpg on the highway.
* SUV: The Dodge Durango, 12 mpg in the city and 15 mpg on the highway.

The list didn’t include Hummer H2 or the Ford Excursion because the law exempts vehicles that weigh more than 8,500 pounds from fuel economy standards. Good grief.

You can also check out the government site, http://www.fueleconomy.gov/

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