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Top 5 fuel efficient cars of 2012

EPA or the environment protection agency has finally named the top cars that are fuel efficient. The list is dominated by the Japanese Car Makers. The profiles of the cars are purely electric or hybrid. Toyota Camry Hybrid is part of the top five most fuel efficient cars this year. It has a combined rating of 41mpg which rare for a mid size sedan. The numbers don’t come at the expense of the performance. The engine can reach about 200hp which is great for this kind of car since it is impossible to have both an environmental and a dragster car

Toyota Camry Hybrid

Toyota Camry Hybrid

Honda Insight is also part of the list because of its 41 mpg/city and 44 mpg/highway. Honda has made changes to its aero dynamics and it also reduced the friction for the engine and the transmission part. The model has improved for this year so it made to the list.

Honda Insight

Honda Insight

The Lexus CT200h is considered to be luxurious and enjoyable to drive compared to the other models found in the list. This model is meeting up the sales goals and it attracts younger people. They are now familiar with the Lexus brand.

Lexus CT200h

Lexus CT200h

The Prius V made it on the list with the rating of 44 mpg/city and 40 mpg/highway. The Lexus was aimed for city driving while this is targeting families who are looking for space and practical car models. This is also perfect for those who want to save the environment. Just like other model coming from Toyota, it has a Hybrid Synergy Drive.

Toyota Prius V

Toyota Prius V

When it comes to fuel economy, Civic Hybrid should be part of the list because of its 44 mpg city and 44 mpg highway rating. Part of it is the fact that the battery was replaced to lithium-ion instead of nickel metal. Its engine was replaced to a 1.5 L 4-cylinder engine. It is not just fuel efficient but it is also powerful as a bull.

Civic Hybrid

Civic Hybrid

2 Comments

  1. No surprises here. All great options for people looking for a more fuel efficient alternative.

  2. it has been known to make a difference, but only in the mntauoins with long grades. a couple years back a US car magazine tested a civic hybrid vs a standard civic in a cross country run. they noted equal to slightly superior performance from the hybrid except in two occassions, and both were similar circumstances.the run was done along I40, from east to west. on the grade into albuquerque NM and flagstaff AZ, which are 30 miles long and climb several thousand feet, the batteries died. then they were left with a small gas motor powering a car on a 75 mph interstate going up hill. the batteries died b/c there is no place along there you use the brakes so they weren’t being recharged and b/c it’s all up hill they were running at full power w/ both motors until the batteries died.

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