Best and Worst Gas Mileage
As the price of gas fluctuates wildly and interest in energy conservation grows, many more new car buyers are placing fuel economy as a top consideration when choosing their vehicles.
Of course, gas mileage has always been affected by your own driving habits, such as when and how often you turn on the air conditioning and how much stop-and-go driving you do. So, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) now considers these sorts of factors when determining gas mileage estimates.
While you can check out Fueleconomy.gov to see the gas mileage figures for most vehicles, the following vehicles represent the top and bottom of the gas mileage efficiency list for 2009.
Best and Worst by Category
Best Mileage by Vehicle Type
- Two-seater: Smartfortwo Convertible and Coupe (automatic): 31 mpg city; 41 mpg highway.
- Subcompact car: Toyota Yaris (manual): 29 mpg city; 36 mpg highway.
- Minicompact car: Mini Cooper (manual): 28 mpg city; 37 mpg highway.
- Compact car: Honda Civic Hybrid (automatic): 40 mpg city; 45 mpg highway.
- Midsize car: Toyota Prius Hybrid (automatic): 48 mpg city; 45 mpg highway.
- Large cars: Hyundai Sonata (automatic): 22 mpg city; 32 mpg highway.
- Small station wagon: Volkswagen Jetta (manual): 30 mpg city; 41 mpg highway.
- Midsize station wagon: Kia Rondo (manual): 20 mpg city; 27 mpg highway.
Worst Mileage by Vehicle Type
- Two-seater: Lamborghini Murcielago (manual): 8 mpg city; 13 mpg highway.
- Subcompact car: Bentley Continental GTC (manual): 10 mpg city; 17 mpg highway.
- Minicompact car: Aston Martin DB9 Coupe (manual): 11 mpg city; 17 mpg highway.
- Compact car: Bentley Azure (automatic): 9 mpg city; 15 mpg highway.
- Midsize car: Ferrari 612 Scaglietti (automatic): 9 mpg city; 16 mpg highway.
- Large car: Bentley Arnage RL (automatic): 9 mpg city; 15 mpg highway.
- Small station wagon: Saab 9-3 Aero SportCombi AWD (manual and automatic): 15 mpg city; 24 mpg highway.
- Midsize station wagon : Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Wagon (automatic): 13 mpg city; 18 mpg highway.
Note: Not all new models or rankings are available.