Consumer Reports released their ranking of fuel efficient cars in their upcoming January issue, and their rankings may come as a shock to conventional wisdom.
Scoring highest was the Volkswagen Jetta TDI, a car that previously had a reputation for anything but reliability(although it was less about reliability than overall performance). The Ford Fiesta and Mazda2 took second and third place respectively, while Honda’s CR-Z came in fourth, with the consumer mag stating “the ride is choppy, noise levels are high, and on-limit handling can be tricky.” The CR-Z’s score was so low that Consumer Reports was unable to give the vehicle a “recommended” rating.
Although the Jetta costs about $27,000, its 36/49mpg city/highway rating was unbeatable, and the vehicle performed well in other objective tests. Chalk up yet another win for turbo-diesels.
[Source: Consumer Reports]