Top 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Cars for 2003


We've compiled a list of the 10 most fuel-efficient cars currently sold in the U.S. based on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) miles-per-gallon ratings for city and highway travel. We considered only those cars that you can refuel at a regular gas station, so there are no electric or natural gas vehicles on this list. In order to arrive at a final hierarchy, we used the EPA's combined fuel economy formula: 55 percent of city mpg rating plus 45 percent of highway mpg rating. The rating for each vehicle below is expressed in mpg as a city/highway ratio. All ratings apply to base models equipped with a manual transmission, unless indicated otherwise with an asterisk. Also, we only allowed a given model to appear once on the list, except in the case of the Honda Civic because it's also available as a gas/electric hybrid.

  1. 1. Honda Insight — 61/68

  2. 2. Toyota Prius* — 52/48
    Honda Civic Hybrid* — 48/47
    Honda Civic Hybrid — 46/51

  3. 3. Volkswagen New Beetle TDI — 42/49
    Volkswagen Golf TDI — 42/49
    Volkswagen Jetta TDI — 42/49

  4. 4. Honda Civic HX — 36/44

  5. 5. Toyota Echo — 35/43

  6. 6. Toyota Corolla — 32/40

  7. 7. Dodge Neon — 29/36
    Toyota Matrix — 29/36
    Mini Cooper — 28/37
    Pontiac Vibe — 29/36

  8. 8. Hyundai Accent — 29/33

  9. 9. Nissan Sentra — 28/36
    Ford Focus — 27/36

  10. 10. Kia Rio — 26/33

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