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The Most Fuel-Efficient Cars of 2010

Fuel Matters


These lists show the vehicles within each category that achieved the best or worst gas mileage in Consumer Reports' real-world tests. They have selected mpg cutoffs that are relative to each category. For example, a vehicle that gets 19 mpg would not be a standout among wagons, but it would be among the highest in the midsized SUV or minivan categories.

Here are some highlights from Consumer Reports' list of the most fuel-efficient new cars.

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The Most Efficient Subcompact Car


Smart ForTwo Passion

Overall mpg: 39

City mpg: 30

Highway mpg: 44

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The Most Efficient Small Car


Honda Insight EX

Overall mpg: 38

City mpg: 29

Highway mpg: 45

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The Most Efficient Sporty Car/Roadster


Mini Cooper (base)

Overall mpg: 33

City mpg: 24

Highway mpg: 41

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The Most Efficient Sedan


Toyota Camry Hybrid

Overall mpg: 34

City mpg: 28

Highway mpg: 41

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The Most Efficient Wagon & Hatchback


Toyota Prius IV

Overall mpg: 44

City mpg: 32

Highway mpg: 55

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The Most Efficient Small SUV


Mercury Mariner Hybrid

Overall mpg: 26

City mpg: 22

Highway mpg: 27

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The Most Efficient Midsized/Large SUV


Lexus RX 450h

Overall mpg: 26

City mpg: 22

Highway mpg: 31

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The Most Efficient Minivan


Toyota Sienna XLE (FWD)

Overall mpg: 19

City mpg: 13

Highway mpg: 28

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The Most Efficient Pickup


Toyota Tacoma (base, V6)

Overall mpg: 17

City mpg: 13

Highway mpg: 21

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The Losers


And now, here are the least fuel-efficient cars that Consumer Reports tested.

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The Least Efficient Subcompact Car


Suzuki SX4 Technology

Overall mpg: 24

City mpg: 17

Highway mpg: 31

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The Least Efficient Small Car


Chevrolet Cobalt LT

Overall mpg: 24

City mpg: 16

Highway mpg: 34

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The Least Efficient Roadster/Sporty Car


Dodge Viper SRT10

Overall mpg: 15

City mpg: 10

Highway mpg: 24

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The Least Efficient Sedan


Mercury Grand Marquis LSE

Overall mpg: 16

City mpg: 10

Highway mpg: 25

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The Least Efficient Small SUV


Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara

Overall mpg: 15

City mpg: 10

Highway mpg: 21

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The Least Efficient Midsized SUV


Jeep Commander Limited (5.7, V8)

Overall mpg: 13

City mpg: 9

Highway mpg: 19

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The Least Efficient Minivan


Volkswagen Routan (4.0)

Overall mpg: 16

City mpg: 10

Highway mpg: 27

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The Least Efficient Pickup


Ford F-250 Lariat (6.4, turbodiesel)

Overall mpg: 10

City mpg: 7

Highway mpg: 16

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Best of the Best


Fuel efficiency is one of several factors Consumer Reports takes into account in creating their annual car report. Want to know the overall best cars of 2010? Click here.

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