Despite a slew of new hybrids joining the market this past year, the Toyota Prius retains the top spot as the most fuel efficient vehicle in the U.S. There is a catch, however, with no electric vehicles (like the Nissan Leaf or Chevy Volt) being included in this year’s round of testing – yet.
With a rating of 51/48-mpg (city/highway) the Prius easily out-paces the second-place Fusion Hybrid, as well as the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid and Mercury Milan Hybrid at 41/36-mpg. In third spot are the Honda Civic Hybrid and Insight at 40/43-mpg.
The new Honda CR-Z places 4th with the CVT transmission (but 10th with the manual). Hyundai’s new Sonata Hybrid has not yet been tested either, although it should out-rank the Fusion Hybrid to fit into second place.
For a full breakdown of the top-10most fuel-efficient vehicles, see after the jump:
Fuel Economy Leaders: 2011 Model Year*
|1||Toyota Prius (hybrid)||51/48|
|2||Ford Fusion Hybrid FWD
Mercury Milan Hybrid FWD
Lincoln MKZ Hybrid FWD
|3||Honda Civic Hybrid
Honda Insight (hybrid)
|4||Honda CR-Z (automatic, hybrid)||35/39|
|5||Lexus HS 250h (hybrid)||35/34|
|6||Ford Escape Hybrid FWD
Mazda Tribute Hybrid 2WD
Mercury Mariner Hybrid FWD
|7||Smart Fortwo (Cabriolet)
Smart Fortwo (Coupe)
|8||Nissan Altima Hybrid||33/33|
|9||Lexus RX 450h 2WD (hybrid)||32/28|
|10||Honda CR-Z (manual, hybrid)||31/37|