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Fuel Efficient Automobiles by Class

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Best in Class for Fuel Economy:

With gas prices remaining at record highs, the sale of hybrid vehicles has grown since they entered the market.

Despite saving gas, hybrids aren't suitable for everyone's individual tastes. As the dealers make room for the incoming 2007 models, prices on last year's vehicles are lower than usual at this time. If you are taking advantage of lower prices, be sure to look for the most fuel efficient vehicles in each class as well.

The following have been rated as having the best mpg ratings.

Compact Cars:

2006 Honda Civic
  • Fuel Economy - City: 23 – 30 mpg Highway: 32 – 40 mpg
  • Starting MSRP - $14,560 – $24,440
  • Transmissions - 5-speed automatic w/OD, 5-speed manual w/OD, 6-speed manual w/OD

2006 Scion xA
  • Fuel Economy - City: 31 – 32 mpg Highway: 37 – 38 mpg
  • Starting MSRP - $12,780
  • Transmissions - 4-speed automatic w/OD, 5-speed manual w/OD

Midsize Cars:

2006 Scion xB
  • Fuel Economy - City: 30 mpg Highway: 33 – 34 mpg
  • Starting MSRP - $14,030
  • Transmissions - 4-speed automatic w/OD, 6-speed manual w/OD

2006 Pontiac Vibe
  • Fuel Economy - City: 25 – 30 mpg Highway: 31 – 36 mpg
  • Starting MSRP - $16,430 – $20,105
  • Transmissions - 4-speed automatic w/OD, 5-speed manual w/OD, 6-speed manual w/OD

Full Size Cars:

2006 Hyundai Sonata
  • Fuel Economy - City: 20 – 24 mpg Highway: 30 – 34 mpg
  • Starting MSRP - $17,895 – $22,895
  • Transmissions - 4-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual, 5-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual, 5-speed manual w/OD

2006 Toyota Avalon
  • Fuel Economy - City: 22 mpg Highway: 31 mpg
  • Starting MSRP - $26,775 – $33,965
  • Transmissions - 5-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

Luxury Cars:

2006 Audi A3
  • Fuel Economy - City: 30 mpg Highway: 33 – 34 mpg
  • Starting MSRP - $24,740 – $33,980
  • Transmissions - 6-speed auto-shift manual w/OD and auto-manual, 6-speed manual w/OD

2006 Lexus IS 250
  • Fuel Economy - City: 20 – 24 mpg Highway: 28 – 32 mpg
  • Starting MSRP - $29,990 – $34,285
  • Transmissions - 6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual, 6-speed manual w/OD

Note - Both vehicles require premium fuel.

Sports Cars:

2006 Acura RSX
  • Fuel Economy - City: 23 – 27 mpg Highway: 31 – 34 mpg
  • Starting MSRP - $20,325 – $23,845
  • Transmissions - 5-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual, 5-speed manual w/OD, 6-speed manual w/OD

2006 Volkswagen GTI
  • Fuel Economy - City: 22 – 25 mpg Highway: 29 – 32 mpg
  • Starting MSRP - $20,340 – $21,990
  • Transmissions - 5 or 6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual, 5 or 6-speed manual w/OD


SUV's:

2006 Toyota RAV4
  • Fuel Economy - City: 21 – 24 mpg Highway: 28 – 30 mpg
  • Starting MSRP - $20,300 – $25,870
  • Transmissions - 4-speed automatic, 5-speed automatic w/OD

2006 Honda CR-V
  • Fuel Economy - City: 21 – 23 mpg Highway: 26 – 29 mpg
  • Starting MSRP - $20,395 – $25,450
  • Transmissions - 5-speed automatic w/OD, 5-speed manual w/OD

Pickup Trucks:

2006 Subaru Baja
  • Fuel Economy - City: 18 – 21 mpg Highway: 23 – 28 mpg
  • Starting MSRP - Starting MSRP $22,495 – $24,595
  • Transmissions - 4-speed automatic w/OD, 4-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual, 5-speed manual w/OD

Note - The Baja was the only all-wheel (4-wheel) drive model in this class that promoted fuel economy.

Minivans:

2006 Mazda5
  • Fuel Economy - City: 21 – 22 mpg Highway: 26 – 27 mpg
  • Starting MSRP - $17,435 – $18,950
  • Transmissions - 4-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual, 5-speed manual w/OD

2006 Honda Odyssey
  • Fuel Economy - City: 19 – 20 mpg Highway: 25 – 28 mpg
  • Starting MSRP - $25,345 – $36,595
  • Transmissions - 5-speed automatic w/OD

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