Edmunds.com Tests Real-World Fuel Economy of Small Cars

Edmunds.com Tests Real-World Fuel Economy of Small Cars


Edmunds.com Tests Real-World Fuel Economy of Small Cars

Toyota Prius Takes Home Top Honors Among Four Vehicle Fuel Economy Challenge

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — May 21, 2008 — Edmunds.com, the premier online resource for automotive information, has released the results of its small car fuel economy challenge. Edmunds editors pitted the 2008 Toyota Prius against the 2008 Ford Focus, 2008 Smart Fortwo and 2005 Volkswagen Jetta TDI to determine which vehicle returned the best fuel mileage in each of the following five rounds:

  1. Best back roads cruiser — 50 to 65 mph for 334 miles of back roads.
  2. Best city roller — stop and go for 133 miles of Las Vegas city streets.
  3. Best highway flier — a steady 75 mph for 209 miles of interstate.
  4. Lowest fuel costs — which of the challengers saved us the most cash.
  5. Greenest small car — which spewed the least greenhouse gases on our trip.

The highlights of the results are as follows:

  • The Toyota Prius, the overall winner, dominated the city driving test by returning 52.4 miles per gallon. The Prius also emitted the least greenhouse gas of all the competitors and had the lowest overall fuel costs.
  • The Volkswagen Jetta TDI recorded the best fuel economy in the back-roads driving and highway cruising tests, averaging 47.3 and 48.9 miles per gallon respectively.
  • The Smart Fortwo scored second place in both the best city roller and lowest fuel cost rounds.
  • The Ford Focus performed well on the highway averaging 37.5 mpg beating the EPA figures of 35 mpg.
"As gas prices continue to rise, consumers should think about their daily commutes when shopping for a new or used fuel-efficient vehicle," said Phil Reed, Edmunds.com's Senior Consumer Advice Editor. "Each vehicle has its own personality and depending on how you drive the vehicle, you'll get different results."

The full test results are published in, "Gas Sipper Smackdown!," which is located at http://www.edmunds.com/advice/fueleconomy/articles/126370/article.html.

About Edmunds
Edmunds.com publishes three Web sites that empower, engage and educate automotive consumers and enthusiasts. Edmunds.com, the premier online resource for automotive consumer information, launched in 1995 as the first automotive information Web site. Its most popular feature, the Edmunds.com True Market Value® , is relied upon by millions of people seeking current transaction prices for new and used vehicles. Edmunds.com was named "Best Car Research Site" by Forbes ASAP, has been selected by consumers as the "Most Useful Web Site" according to every J.D. Power and Associates New Autoshopper.com Study(SM), was ranked first in the Survey of Car-Shopping Web Sites by The Wall Street Journal and was rated "#1" in Keynote's study of third-party automotive Web sites. Inside Line launched in January 2005 and is the most-read automotive enthusiast Web site. CarSpace launched in February 2006 and is an automotive social networking Web site and home to the oldest and most established automotive community. AutoObserver.com launched in 2007 and provides insightful automotive industry commentary and analysis. Edmunds is headquartered in Santa Monica, California, and maintains a satellite office in suburban Detroit.

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