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Toyota Prius Tops 2010 EPA Mileage-Maxing Derby

By on October 16, 2009 4:43 PM
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Although bigger and more powerful than last year's model, the new Toyota Prius has continued on in the tire tracks of its illustrious predecessor and once again claimed top honors in the EPA's annual Fuel Economy Ratings. Its 51-mpg city and 48-mpg highway rating put the 2010 Prius comfortably ahead of the still-most-respectable second-place 41/36-mpg stats of the new Ford Fusion Hybrid and its Mercury Milan Hybrid cousin with the Honda Civic Hybrid (40/45 mpg), Honda Insight (40/43 mpg) and Lexus HS 250h (35/34 mpg) following in that order. Rounding out 2010's Top 10 mileage makers were the Nissan Altima Hybrid (35/33 mpg), front-drive versions of the Ford Escape/Mazda Tribute/Mercury Milan Hybrids (34/31 mpg), the smart fortwo coupe/cabriolet (33/41 mpg), Toyota Camry Hybrid (33/34 mpg) and the front-drive Lexus RX 450h 32/28 mpg). At the other end of the econo scale, the Lamborghini Murcielago and Murcielago Roadster managed only eight mpg in the city and 13 mpg on the highway, narrowly nipping the 1001-horsepower Bugatti Veyron (8/14 mpg) to claim "Thirstiest New Cars You Can Buy For 2010" honors. The complete 2010 EPA fuel economy guide can be found at fueleconomy.gov.
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