The Environmental Protection Agency released a list of the most fuel-efficient vehicles based on combined city and highway fuel economy estimates for model year 2013. We’ve covered the first three fuel-efficient vehicles already. The Toyota Prius, Prius c, Ford C-Max and Ford Fusion SE claimed the top spots. Here are the next four most fuel-efficient vehicles (excluding EVs and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles).
Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
Combined MPG: 45
Going green can be difficult in a city like Phoenix with its relatively subpar public transit system. However, there are ways to cut down on your carbon footprint. Local dealerships such as Scottsdale AZ Volkswagen offer hybrid vehicles including the VW Jetta Hybrid. The Jetta Hybrid ranks third on EPA’s best cars for fuel economy— excluding electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Car and Driver calls it “one of the rare hybrids that can be fun to drive.” The Jetta accelerates quite quickly in comparison to other compact hybrids. In 7.9 seconds, it can reach 60 mph. The VW Jetta Hybrid’s achieves EPA ratings of 42 mpg city and 48 mpg highway for the combined mpg of 45.
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Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
Combined MPG: 45
The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is a midsize luxury sedan with a sleek styling aesthetic for a hybrid. Its 2.0-liter four-cylinder combined with an electric motor generates a combined 188 hp, according to Edmunds.com. Standard features include adaptive LED headlights, adaptive suspension dampers and leather upholstery. Also standard— and more luxurious— are driver memory settings, 8-inch touchscreen display, 11-speaker sound system and Sync voice-command system.
Combined MPG: 42
The Honda Insight is a less expensive— though less sophisticated— alternative to the Toyota Prius. For frugal, yet environmentally-conscious motorists, the Insight is a suitable choice. This four-door hatchback hybrid is offered in three packages: base, LX and EX. The standard or base Insight includes expected features like full power accessories, 60/40-split-folding rear seat, trip computer and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel— among others. The LX and EX add more sophisticated features like cruise control, upgraded stereo system and voice-controlled touchscreen navigation. The Insight also has standard safety features like antilock brakes and front and side airbags. The Insight received the best possible rating in side crash, frontal offset and roof strength tests from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (Edmunds.com).
Lexus CT 200h
Combines MPG: 42
Powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder and a pair of electric motors, this premium compact four-door hatchback generates 134 hp. As indicated by the Lexus CT 200h’s inclusion on this list, it exceeds in fuel economy. The EPA estimates the hybrid achieves 43-mpg city and 40-mpg highway for a combined mpg of 42, according to Edmunds. The CT 200h oozes luxury both inside and out. On the inside, it’s decked with premium vinyl upholstery and a 10-way power driver seat. On the outside, its sporty design and low stance earns high marks in urban style.
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