Top 10 Highest Mileage Cars in 2008

With the price of a barrel of oil around $100 and the price of a gallon of gasoline inching towards $4, you’ve probably got fuel on the brain this year. If you also have a new (or new to you) car on the brain as well, you might want to know the top 10 fuel efficient MPG cars of 2008 right? Well, if you scour the EPA website, you’d get the following list of top 10 (with ties) cars.

But, before we hit the actual list, here are some interesting, but not surprising, points worth noting:

  • All vehicles have 4 cylinder engines.
  • All mileages are based on the new EPA MPG testing guidelines.
  • The average is a weighted average based on 55% city driving, 45% highway driving.
  • A lot of Toyota’s and Honda’s on the list but there are some American cars on the list like the Ford Escape Hybrid and Mercury Mariner.
  • The first seven cars on the list are hybrids, three of those are SUVs!
  • All of the cars are capable of going over 30 MPG.
  • The number #1 vehicle, the Toyota Prius, has a starting MSRP of $21,200 (but you have to get on a waiting list!).
  • The number #10 vehicle, the Honda Fit, has a starting MSRP of around $13,950 – very reasonable for a 30.2 MPG (if that truly is important to you).
Rank Vehicle Vehicle Type City MPG Highway MPG Avg. MPG
1 Toyota Prius, 1.5L, Auto (CVT), HEV Sedan 48 45 46.7
2 Honda Civic Hybrid, 1.3L, Auto (CVT), HEV Small Car 40 45 42.3
3 Nissan Altima Hybrid, 2.5L, Auto (CVT), HEV Sedan 35 33 34.1
4 Toyota Camry Hybrid, 2.4L, Auto (CVT), HEV Sedan 33 34 33.5
5 Mercury Mariner Hybrid FWD, 2.3L, Auto (CVT) SUV 34 30 32.2
5 Mazda Tribute Hybrid 2WD, 2.3L, Auto (CVT) SUV 34 30 32.2
5 Ford Escape Hybrid FWD, 2.3L, Auto (CVT) SUV 34 30 32.2
6 Toyota Yaris, 1.5L, Man(5) Small Car, Hatchback 29 36 32.2
7 Toyota Corolla, 1.8L, Man(5) Small Car 28 37 32.1
8 Toyota Yaris, 1.5 L, Auto(4) Small Car, Hatchback 29 35 31.7
9 Honda Fit, 1.5L, Man(5) Small Car, Hatchback 28 34 30.7
10 Honda Fit, 1.5L, Auto(5) Small Car, Hatchback 27 34 30.2

Curious about what #11 was? Not too exciting, it is the Automatic transmission version of the #7 car, the Toyota Corolla.

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