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FuelEconomy.Gov Releases Bogus List of "Most Fuel Efficient Cars in America: 1984-2010"


Illustration: 2001 Geo Metro, trim level not specified, but due to the presence of full wheel covers, it's unlikely to be a a Geo Metro XFI. Chevrolet Public Relations photo; author archives.

FuelEconomy.gov today published a pair of lists of the "most fuel efficient cars in America: 1984 to 2010." The lists, claims the government website, are intended to "help consumers purchase a fuel-efficient vehicle" by listing not only current model year vehicles but from twenty-six years of EPA, and "real-world" fuel economy data from owners. Both are a phony lists however, or at least based on phony premises and those on several levels.

The most obvious is that, as a guide to purchasing, the EPA list is almost completely useless. Only three of the top ten vehicles are 2010 models. That is, those are the only models available new and that the consumer can have the confidence in reliability that only a new car can provide. On the other hand, four of the models are from the 1980s. Good luck finding a low-miles creampuff in that crowd.

In fact, some of the models were rare finds when new, produced in small numbers as fuel economy teasers. A trim level with air conditioning not available, even as an option? That's the Geo XFi, for example.

Two of the models on the list were available in the U.S., the Pontiac Firefly and the Suzuki SA310. Both were variants of the same Suzuki model sold here as the Chevrolet Sprint.

The list is unfair to current models, too, because the earlier models didn't have to meet the today's emissions requirements nor current safety regulations and expectations. The latter is particularly important for fuel eoconomy as it allowed cars to be much lighter.

If nothing else, the EPA list is a curiousity.

The "real-world" fuel sippers has only one model that's not 2000 or newer, but the list is dubious because it's self-reported data. We're not accusing high-mileage of lying, but owners could be suspected of wishful thinking at worst or going to extremes to record high mileages.

But don't take our word for it. Read the list and judge for yourself:

FuelEconomy.gov’s Top Ten EPA-Rated Fuel Sippers (1984 to present)

1. Honda Insight Model Year 2000
3 cyl, 1.0L, Manual 5-spd, Regular Gasoline Combined: 53
(City: 49 Highway: 61)
2. Toyota Prius Model Year 2010
4 cyl, 1.8L, Automatic (variable gear ratios), Regular Gasoline Combined: 50
(City: 51 Highway: 48)
3. Chevrolet Sprint ER Model Year 1986
3 cyl, 1.0L, Manual 5-spd, Regular Gasoline Combined: 48
(City: 44 Highway: 53)
4. Geo Metro XFI Model Year 1990-1994
3 cyl, 1.0L, Manual 5-spd, Regular Gasoline Combined: 47
(City: 43 Highway: 52)
5. Honda Civic Coupe HF Model Years 1986-1987
4 cyl, 1.5L, Manual 5-spd, Regular Gasoline Combined: 46
(City: 42 Highway: 51)
6. Honda Civic HB VX Model Years 1994-1995
4 cyl, 1.5L, Manual 5-spd, Regular Gasoline Combined: 43
(City: 39 Highway: 50)
7. Honda Civic Hybrid Model Years 2006-2010
4 cyl, 1.3L, Automatic (variable gear ratios), Regular Gasoline Combined: 42
(City: 40 Highway: 45)
8. Pontiac Firefly Model Year 1985
3 cyl, 1.0L, Manual 5-spd, Regular Combined: 42
(City: 39 Highway: 47)
9. Suzuki SA310 Model Year 1985
3 cyl, 1.0L, Manual 5-spd, Regular Combined: 42
(City: 39 Highway: 47)
10. Honda Insight Model Year 2010
4 cyl, 1.3L, Auto(AV-S7), Regular
Combined: 41
(City: 40 Highway: 43)​

Vehicles are ranked based on EPA's unrounded combined rating. In the event of a tie, multiple vehicles may share the same ranking. Only the most efficient configuration of a particular model is presented for a given rank—variants of a ranked model are listed as "similar models" if they would have otherwise made the list. Models classified under different EPA size classes, however, are ranked separately.

FuelEconomy.gov’s Top Ten Real-World Fuel Sippers (1984 to present)


1. Honda Insight Model Years 2004-2006
3 cyl, 1.0L, Manual 5-spd, Regular Gasoline User Average: 70.4
(11 drivers) EPA Combined: 52

2. Honda Insight Model Year 2010
4 cyl, 1.3L, Auto(AV-S7), Regular Gasoline User Average: 49.7
(14 drivers) EPA Combined: 41

3. Geo Metro XFI Model Years 1990-1994
3 cyl, 1.0L, Manual 5-spd, Regular Gasoline User Average: 49.4
(12 drivers) EPA Combined: 46

4. Toyota Prius Model Year 2010
4 cyl, 1.8L, Automatic (variable gear ratios), Regular Gasoline User Average: 48.6
(87 drivers) EPA Combined: 50

5. Chevrolet Metro Model Year 1999
3 cyl, 1.0L, Manual 5-spd, Regular Gasoline User Average: 48.4
(10 drivers) EPA Combined: 37

6. Volkswagen Jetta Wagon Model Years 2002-2003
4 cyl, 1.9L, Manual 5-spd, Diesel User Average: 48.2
(22 drivers) EPA Combined: 39

7. Honda Civic Hybrid Model Years 2003-2005
4 cyl, 1.3L, Manual 5-spd, Regular Gasoline User Average: 47.8
(20 drivers) EPA Combined: 41

8. Honda Civic HB VX Model Years 1992-1995
4 cyl, 1.5L, Manual 5-spd, Regular Gasoline User Average: 47.6
(11 drivers EPA Combined: 43

9. Volkswagen Golf Model Years 2000-2003
4 cyl, 1.9L, Manual 5-spd, Diesel User Average: 47.0
(50 drivers) EPA Combined: 38

10. Volkswagen New Beetle Model Years 1998-2003
4 cyl, 1.9L, Manual 5-spd, Diesel User Average: 46.2
(47 drivers) EPA Combined: 38​

Vehicles are ranked based on fuel economy records provided by our users through our Your MPG feature. Vehicles are only ranked if ten or more drivers submitted fuel economy estimates. If a model has variants that are nearly identical (e.g., same number of cylinders, engine displacement, transmission, fuel type, and EPA combined fuel economy rating), those records are combined and averaged. Variants that are not similar enough to be combined are included under "similar models" if they would have otherwise made the list. Only the most efficient configuration of a particular model is presented for a given rank. This list is updated weekly as new data are submitted by Your MPG members.
 

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Anybody remember the Chevy Sprint (Turbo) ? LOL mannn was that a try on their part.
 

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FuelEconomy.Gov Releases Bogus List of "Most Fuel Efficient Cars in America: 1984-2010"


Illustration: 2001 Geo Metro, trim level not specified, but due to the presence of full wheel covers, it's unlikely to be a a Geo Metro XFI. Chevrolet Public Relations photo; author archives.

FuelEconomy.gov today published a pair of lists of the "most fuel efficient cars in America: 1984 to 2010." The lists, claims the government website, are intended to "help consumers purchase a fuel-efficient vehicle" by listing not only current model year vehicles but from twenty-six years of EPA, and "real-world" fuel economy data from owners. Both are a phony lists however, or at least based on phony premises and those on several levels.
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The most obvious is that, as a guide to purchasing, the EPA list is almost completely useless. Only three of the top ten vehicles are 2010 models. That is, those are the only models available new and that the consumer can have the confidence in reliability that only a new car can provide. On the other hand, four of the models are from the 1980s. Good luck finding a low-miles creampuff in that crowd.

In fact, some of the models were rare finds when new, produced in small numbers as fuel economy teasers. A trim level with air conditioning not available, even as an option? That's the Geo XFi, for example.
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Two of the models on the list were available in the U.S., the Pontiac Firefly and the Suzuki SA310. Both were variants of the same Suzuki model sold here as the Chevrolet Sprint.

The list is unfair to current models, too, because the earlier models didn't have to meet the today's emissions requirements nor current safety regulations and expectations. The latter is particularly important for fuel eoconomy as it allowed cars to be much lighter.

If nothing else, the EPA list is a curiousity.
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The "real-world" fuel sippers has only one model that's not 2000 or newer, but the list is dubious because it's self-reported data. We're not accusing high-mileage of lying, but owners could be suspected of wishful thinking at worst or going to extremes to record high mileages.

But don't take our word for it. Read the list and judge for yourself:

FuelEconomy.gov’s Top Ten EPA-Rated Fuel Sippers (1984 to present)

1. Honda Insight Model Year 2000
3 cyl, 1.0L, Manual 5-spd, Regular Gasoline Combined: 53
(City: 49 Highway: 61)شركة تنظيف فلل بالرياض

2. Toyota Prius Model Year 2010
4 cyl, 1.8L, Automatic (variable gear ratios), Regular Gasoline Combined: 50
(City: 51 Highway: 48)
3. Chevrolet Sprint ER Model Year 1986
3 cyl, 1.0L, Manual 5-spd, Regular Gasoline Combined: 48
(City: 44 Highway: 53)
4. Geo Metro XFI Model Year 1990-1994
3 cyl, 1.0L, Manual 5-spd, Regular Gasoline Combined: 47
(City: 43 Highway: 52)
5. Honda Civic Coupe HF Model Years 1986-1987
4 cyl, 1.5L, Manual 5-spd, Regular Gasoline Combined: 46
(City: 42 Highway: 51)
6. Honda Civic HB VX Model Years 1994-1995
4 cyl, 1.5L, Manual 5-spd, Regular Gasoline Combined: 43
(City: 39 Highway: 50)
7. Honda Civic Hybrid Model Years 2006-2010
4 cyl, 1.3L, Automatic (variable gear ratios), Regular Gasoline Combined: 42
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8. Pontiac Firefly Model Year 1985
3 cyl, 1.0L, Manual 5-spd, Regular Combined: 42
(City: 39 Highway: 47)
9. Suzuki SA310 Model Year 1985
3 cyl, 1.0L, Manual 5-spd, Regular Combined: 42
(City: 39 Highway: 47)
10. Honda Insight Model Year 2010
4 cyl, 1.3L, Auto(AV-S7), Regular
Combined: 41
(City: 40 Highway: 43)​
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Vehicles are ranked based on EPA's unrounded combined rating. In the event of a tie, multiple vehicles may share the same ranking. Only the most efficient configuration of a particular model is presented for a given rank—variants of a ranked model are listed as "similar models" if they would have otherwise made the list. Models classified under different EPA size classes, however, are ranked separately.

FuelEconomy.gov’s Top Ten Real-World Fuel Sippers (1984 to present)


1. Honda Insight Model Years 2004-2006
3 cyl, 1.0L, Manual 5-spd, Regular Gasoline User Average: 70.4
(11 drivers) EPA Combined: 52

2. Honda Insight Model Year 2010
4 cyl, 1.3L, Auto(AV-S7), Regular Gasoline User Average: 49.7
(14 drivers) EPA Combined: 41

3. Geo Metro XFI Model Years 1990-1994
3 cyl, 1.0L, Manual 5-spd, Regular Gasoline User Average: 49.4
(12 drivers) EPA Combined: 46

4. Toyota Prius Model Year 2010
4 cyl, 1.8L, Automatic (variable gear ratios), Regular Gasoline User Average: 48.6
(87 drivers) EPA Combined: 50

5. Chevrolet Metro Model Year 1999
3 cyl, 1.0L, Manual 5-spd, Regular Gasoline User Average: 48.4
(10 drivers) EPA Combined: 37

6. Volkswagen Jetta Wagon Model Years 2002-2003
4 cyl, 1.9L, Manual 5-spd, Diesel User Average: 48.2
(22 drivers) EPA Combined: 39

7. Honda Civic Hybrid Model Years 2003-2005
4 cyl, 1.3L, Manual 5-spd, Regular Gasoline User Average: 47.8
(20 drivers) EPA Combined: 41

8. Honda Civic HB VX Model Years 1992-1995
4 cyl, 1.5L, Manual 5-spd, Regular Gasoline User Average: 47.6
(11 drivers EPA Combined: 43

9. Volkswagen Golf Model Years 2000-2003
4 cyl, 1.9L, Manual 5-spd, Diesel User Average: 47.0
(50 drivers) EPA Combined: 38

10. Volkswagen New Beetle Model Years 1998-2003
4 cyl, 1.9L, Manual 5-spd, Diesel User Average: 46.2
(47 drivers) EPA Combined: 38​

Vehicles are ranked based on fuel economy records provided by our users through our Your MPG feature. Vehicles are only ranked if ten or more drivers submitted fuel economy estimates. If a model has variants that are nearly identical (e.g., same number of cylinders, engine displacement, transmission, fuel type, and EPA combined fuel economy rating), those records are combined and averaged. Variants that are not similar enough to be combined are included under "similar models" if they would have otherwise made the list. Only the most efficient configuration of a particular model is presented for a given rank. This list is updated weekly as new data are submitted by Your MPG members.
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