The Environmental Protection Agency has just released its first Fuel Economy Guide for the new class of 2011. As in 2010, top mileage-maxing honors went to the virtually carryover 2011 Toyota Prius, which was awarded EPA city/highway marks of 51/48 mpg. Tied for second on the overall fuel-miser scale was the Honda Civic Hybrid and Insight, which each logged 40/43 mpg stats. On the guzzler front, the Bugatti Veyron also reprised its 2010 super-swiller performance by locking in 8/15 mpg numbers. As expected, the EPA continues to struggle with finding a suitable equivalency formula to use when rating the new Nissan LEAF EV and Chevrolet Volt E-REV, both of which remain in the netherworld of "NA."
The EPA's annual mileage compilation also cited various best-in-category winners. In addition to the Honda CR-Z (35/39 mpg with the CVT) in the two-seater class, the aforementioned Civic Hybrid/Insight in the compact realm and the Toyota Prius among the mid-size set, other victors on the car side included the Mini Cooper (28/37 mpg) in minicompact and Ford Fiesta SFE (29/40 mpg) in subcompact while the Hyundai Sonata (24/35 mpg) was the econo champ of the large cars.
In the in the small wagon category it was a two-way tie for top honors between turbodiesel versions of the Audi A3 and Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagon, both sharing 30/42 mpg numbers. Rolling off with laurels among mid-size wagons was the Kia Rondo (20/27 mpg). Three closely related models headed the EPA's sport utility vehicle category, with front-drive versions of the Ford Escape Hybrid, Mazda Tribute Hybrid and Mercury Mariner Hybrid each netting 34/31 mpg marks. The Ford Ranger RWD (22/27 mpg) earned the best ratings among all small pickup trucks while the Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid and its GMC Sierra Hybrid in both RWD/4WD (20/23 mpg) configurations topped the standard pickup truck class and the all-new Honda Odyssey (19/28 mpg) copped most fuel-efficient minivan honors.
To see a complete listing of EPA numbers for all new cars, trucks, SUV and vans, visit www.fueleconomy.gov .