Top 11 Most Fuel-Efficient Wagons and Hatchbacks for 2013


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    2013 Toyota Prius

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By virtue of their cargo-friendly design, wagons and hatchbacks are top choices with drivers who place a premium on utility. Their practicality doesn't end there. The wagon and hatchback segments are also home to some of the most fuel-efficient models currently on the market.

The 11 picks that follow (our list is longer than the usual 10 due to ties) are the most fuel-efficient wagons and hatchbacks for 2013. As you might expect, our list is dominated by hybrids, including a trio of Priuses, a pair of Hondas and an affordably priced Lexus. The lineup also includes three diesel models and a microcar, the Scion iQ.

Our rankings are based on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) miles-per-gallon ratings for city and highway travel. Each vehicle's placement is determined by its combined fuel economy rating. We used the EPA's combined fuel economy formula: 55 percent of city mpg rating plus 45 percent of highway mpg rating.

  1. 2013 Toyota Prius

    1. 2013 Toyota Prius — 50 mpg combined (51 city/48 highway) (tie)

  2. 2013 Toyota Prius c

    2013 Toyota Prius c — 50 mpg combined (53 city/46 highway) (tie)

  3. 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid

    2. 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid — 47 mpg combined (47 city/47 highway)

  4. 2013 Honda Insight

    3. 2013 Honda Insight — 42 mpg combined (41 city/44 highway) (tie)

  5. 2013 Toyota Prius v

    2013 Toyota Prius v — 42 mpg combined (44 city/40 highway) (tie)

  6. 2013 Lexus CT 200h

    2013 Lexus CT 200h — 42 mpg combined (43 city/40 highway) (tie)

  7. 2013 Honda CR-Z

    4. 2013 Honda CR-Z — 37 mpg combined (36 city/39 highway) (tie)

  8. 2013 Scion iQ

    2013 Scion iQ — 37 mpg combined (36 city/37 highway) (tie)

  9. 2013 Audi A3 Diesel

    5. 2013 Audi A3 Diesel — 34 mpg combined (30 city/42 highway) (tie)

  10. 2013 Volkswagen Golf Diesel

    2013 Volkswagen Golf Diesel — 34 mpg combined (30 city/42 highway) (tie)

  11. 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Diesel

    2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Diesel — 34 mpg combined (30 city/42 highway) (tie)

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