Thursday AM November 4th, 2010

Toyota Prius IIIThe annual overview provides consumers with information about estimated mileage and fuel costs for 2011 vehicles. The best fuel economy performers are hybrids, but the list also includes fuel efficient clean diesels and some gasoline models, according to the EPA's Karl Simon.

"We have some gasoline models, we have diesel models—didn't make the top ten, but certainly when you look at classes, the diesels are right up in there, so, you know, we really are, for fuel-efficient models come in all types, classes and sizes. So we think that this guide can help consumers easily identify the most fuel-efficient vehicles that can meet their needs."

The guide this year, for the first time, includes medium-duty passenger vehicles such as SUVs and passenger vans. Estimated annual fuel costs are included, with calculations based on the vehicle's miles per gallon rating. The online version allows consumers to input their local gasoline prices and typical driving habits to receive a personalized fuel cost estimate.

"Correct. There's a website that we put together with our colleagues over at the Department of Energy that allows you to plug in your own particular data, so you may be able to generate a more personalized number, depending on how your driving habits and preferences shake out."

The 2011 Toyota Prius tops the list, with 48 miles to the gallon on the highway, and 51 in the city.  Even the number ten Honda CR-Z gets 37 miles per gallon on the highway, and 31 in the city. Additional fuel economy information will be added online for other 2011 vehicles as they become available, including for electric and plug-in hybrid cars. Ed Mayberry, KUHF News.

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