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TrueCar.com released their rankings of the Top 10 Most Fuel Efficient vehicles in both the hybrid and non-hybrid category, an important distinction according to TrueCar, because “Hybrids offer great fuel economy but most don’t provide the value consumers are seeking.”
The hybrid list is predictably topped by the Toyota Prius, followed by the Lexus CT200h and Honda Insight. The non-hybrid category is led by the Hyundai Elantra, the Chevrolet Cruze Eco and the Toyota Yaris. The much lauded diesels sold by Volkswagen and Audi took 6th through 8th spots respectively.
Hit the jump to read the official press release
It seems that these days we never stop hearing about how fuel efficient some new model is, so it may shock you to learn that the highest mileage model currently on the road was introduced back in 1999. That’s right, the original Honda Insight with its hybrid 3-cylinder engine displacing just 1.0-liters was rated at a combined 53-mpg (61-mph highway), which puts it just ahead of the current and third-generation Toyota Prius, rated at 50-mpg combined.
Spots three through six aren’t exactly high-tech machines either, with the 1986 Chevrolet Sprint ER coming in next at 48-mpg, followed by the 47-mpg 1990 Geo MEtro XFI, the 46-mpg CRX and the 43-mpg Civic VX hatchback.
Notably absent are any diesel models in the EPA’s top-10 list, however, a similar list rating models based on real-world fuel economy holds several diesel Volkswagens. There the VW Jetta Wagon from 2002-03 ranks 6th with 48.2 mpg, while the 2000-3 Golf places 9th with 47-mpg and the VW New Beetle 10th with 46.2 mpg. Those numbers are well behind the original Honda Insight at 70.4 mpg.