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<p><strong>Author:</strong>Timion, Matt</p><p><strong>Publication:</strong>www.gassavers.org</p><p><strong>Date:</strong>09/24/05</p><style type="text/css">
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<p>If you are in the market for a new car and gas mileage is a key feature for you, knowing which vehicle gets the highest gas mileage is extremely important. The following is a break down of cars from 2004 and their vehicles. While the &quot;estimated annual fuel cost&quot; has changed in the last year, the basic miles per gallon have not. The following information was taken from http://money.cnn.com/pf/features/lists/gasmileage/.</p>
<table width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="3">
<tr valign="middle">
<td class="tease" colspan="8" bgcolor="#003366" style="color: ffffff;" align="center"><b>Best Gas Mileage</b><br></td>
</tr>
<tr valign="middle">
<td class="mergerhead"><b>Make</b></td>
<td class="mergerhead"><b>Model</b></td>

<td class="mergerhead"><b>Engine size (liters)</b></td>
<td class="mergerhead"><b>Cylinders</b></td>
<td class="mergerhead"><b>Transmission</b></td>
<td bgcolor="#cc0000" style="color: ffffff;" class="tease"><b>City</b></td>
<td bgcolor="#cc0000" style="color: ffffff;" class="tease"><b>Hwy</b></td>
<td class="mergerhead"><b>Est. annual fuel cost</b></td>

</tr>
<tr class="chartcolor1">
<td class="tease">Honda</td>
<td class="tease">Insight</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">1</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">3</td>
<td class="tease">5-speed manual</td>

<td class="tease" align="center"><b>60</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="center"><b>66</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="right">$405</td>
</tr>
<tr class="chartcolor2">
<td class="tease">Toyota</td>
<td class="tease">Prius</td>

<td class="tease" align="center">1.5</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">4</td>
<td class="tease">Variable automatic</td>
<td class="tease" align="center"><b>60</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="center"><b>51</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="right">$466</td>

</tr>
<tr class="chartcolor1">
<td class="tease">Honda</td>
<td class="tease">Civic Hybrid</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">1.3</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">4</td>
<td class="tease">Variable automatic</td>

<td class="tease" align="center"><b>48</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="center"><b>47</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="right">$541</td>
</tr>
<tr class="chartcolor2">
<td class="tease">Volkswagen</td>
<td class="tease">Diesel New Beetle/Golf/Jetta</td>

<td class="tease" align="center">1.9</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">4</td>
<td class="tease">5-speed manual</td>
<td class="tease" align="center"><b>38</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="center"><b>46</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="right">$598</td>

</tr>
<tr class="chartcolor1">
<td class="tease">Honda</td>
<td class="tease">Civic</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">1.7</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">4</td>
<td class="tease">5-speed manual</td>

<td class="tease" align="center"><b>36</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="center"><b>44</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="right">$635</td>
</tr>
<tr class="chartcolor2">
<td class="tease">Toyota</td>
<td class="tease">Echo</td>

<td class="tease" align="center">1.5</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">4</td>
<td class="tease">5-speed manual</td>
<td class="tease" align="center"><b>35</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="center"><b>43</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="right">$651</td>

</tr>
<tr class="chartcolor1">
<td class="tease">Toyota</td>
<td class="tease">Scion XA</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">1.5</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">4</td>
<td class="tease">4-speed automatic</td>

<td class="tease" align="center"><b>32</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="center"><b>38</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="right">$727</td>
</tr>
<tr class="chartcolor2">
<td class="tease">Toyota</td>
<td class="tease">Corolla</td>

<td class="tease" align="center">1.8</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">4</td>
<td class="tease">5-speed manual</td>
<td class="tease" align="center"><b>32</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="center"><b>40</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="right">$705</td>

</tr>
<tr class="chartcolor1">
<td class="tease">Toyota</td>
<td class="tease">Scion XB</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">1.5</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">4</td>
<td class="tease">5-speed manual</td>

<td class="tease" align="center"><b>31</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="center"><b>35</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="right">$773</td>
</tr>
<tr class="chartcolor2">
<td class="tease">Toyota</td>
<td class="tease">Celica</td>

<td class="tease" align="center">1.8</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">4</td>
<td class="tease">4-speed automatic</td>
<td class="tease" align="center"><b>29</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="center"><b>36</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="right">$781</td>

</tr>

<tr valign="middle">
<td class="credit" colspan="8">
<b>Source:</b> <a href="http://www.Fueleconomy.gov" target="new">Fueleconomy.gov</a><br>

<b>Note:</b> Est. annual fuel cost is CNN/Money's calculation based on 15,000 miles of 55 percent city, 45 percent highway driving and a gallon of gasoline costing $1.71, which was the national average for regular gasoline on March 2, 2004. For cars using diesel fuel, the price is assumed to be $1.69, the national average for diesel fuel on that date.<br>
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<table width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="3">
<tr valign="middle">
<td class="tease" colspan="8" bgcolor="#003366" style="color: ffffff;" align="center"><b><a name="large" id="large">Large cars</a></b></td>
</tr>
<tr valign="middle">
<td class="mergerhead"><b>Make</td>
<td class="mergerhead"><b>Model</td>
<td class="mergerhead"><b>Engine size (liters)</td>

<td class="mergerhead"><b>Cylinders</td>
<td class="mergerhead"><b>Transmission</td>
<td bgcolor="#cc0000" style="color: ffffff;" class="tease"><b>City</b></td>
<td bgcolor="#cc0000" style="color: ffffff;" class="tease"><b>Hwy</b></td>
<td class="mergerhead"><b>Est. annual fuel cost</b></td>
</tr>
<tr class="chartcolor1">

<td class="tease">CHEVROLET</td>
<td class="tease">IMPALA</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">3.4</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">6</td>
<td class="tease">4-speed automatic</td>
<td class="tease" align="center"><b>21</b></td>

<td class="tease" align="center"><b>32</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="right">$948</td>
</tr>
<tr class="chartcolor2">
<td class="tease">CHEVROLET</td>
<td class="tease">MALIBU MAXX</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">3.5</td>

<td class="tease" align="center">6</td>
<td class="tease">4-speed automatic</td>
<td class="tease" align="center"><b>22</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="center"><b>30</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="right">$972</td>
</tr>

<tr class="chartcolor1">
<td class="tease">CHRYSLER</td>
<td class="tease">CONCORDE/LHS</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">2.7</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">6</td>
<td class="tease">4-speed automatic</td>

<td class="tease" align="center"><b>21</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="center"><b>29</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="right">$1,010</td>
</tr>
<tr class="chartcolor2">
<td class="tease">DODGE</td>
<td class="tease">INTREPID</td>

<td class="tease" align="center">2.7</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">6</td>
<td class="tease">4-speed automatic</td>
<td class="tease" align="center"><b>21</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="center"><b>29</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="right">$1,010</td>

</tr>
<tr class="chartcolor1">
<td class="tease">BUICK</td>
<td class="tease">LESABRE</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">3.8</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">6</td>
<td class="tease">4-speed automatic</td>

<td class="tease" align="center"><b>20</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="center"><b>29</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="right">$1,028</td>
</tr>

<tr valign="middle">
<td class="tease" colspan="8" bgcolor="#003366" style="color: ffffff;" align="center"><b><a name="mid" id="mid">Midsize cars</a></b></td>
</tr>

<tr height=17 style='height:12.75pt'>
<td class="mergerhead"><b>Make</td>
<td class="mergerhead"><b>Model</td>
<td class="mergerhead"><b>Engine size (liters)</td>
<td class="mergerhead"><b>Cylinders</td>
<td class="mergerhead"><b>Transmission</td>

<td bgcolor="#cc0000" style="color: ffffff;" class="tease"><b>City</b></td>
<td bgcolor="#cc0000" style="color: ffffff;" class="tease"><b>Hwy</b></td>
<td class="mergerhead"><b>Est. annual fuel cost</b></td>
</tr>
<tr class="chartcolor1">
<td class="tease">TOYOTA</td>
<td class="tease">PRIUS</td>

<td class="tease" align="center">1.5</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">4</td>
<td class="tease">Variable Automatic</td>
<td class="tease" align="center"><b>60</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="center"><b>51</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="right">$466</td>

</tr>
<tr class="chartcolor2">
<td class="tease">HYUNDAI</td>
<td class="tease">ELANTRA</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">2.0</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">4</td>
<td class="tease">5-speed manual</td>

<td class="tease" align="center"><b>27</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="center"><b>34</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="right">$831</td>
</tr>
<tr class="chartcolor1">
<td class="tease">HONDA</td>
<td class="tease">ACCORD</td>

<td class="tease" align="center">2.4</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">4</td>
<td class="tease">5-speed manual</td>
<td class="tease" align="center"><b>26</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="center"><b>34</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="right">$844</td>

</tr>
<tr class="chartcolor2">
<td class="tease">CHEVROLET</td>
<td class="tease">MALIBU</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">2.2</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">4</td>
<td class="tease">4-speed automatic</td>

<td class="tease" align="center"><b>24</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="center"><b>34</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="right">$869</td>
</tr>
<tr class="chartcolor1">
<td class="tease">CHEVROLET</td>
<td class="tease">6</td>

<td class="tease" align="center">2.2</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">4</td>
<td class="tease">4-speed automatic</td>
<td class="tease" align="center"><b>24</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="center"><b>34</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="right">$869</td>

</tr>

<tr valign="middle">
<td class="tease" colspan="8" bgcolor="#003366" style="color: ffffff;" align="center"><b><a name="4wheel" id="4wheel">4WD SUVs</a></b></td>
</tr>

<tr valign="middle">
<td class="mergerhead"><b>Make</b></td>
<td class="mergerhead"><b>Model</b></td>
<td class="mergerhead"><b>Engine size (liters)</b></td>

<td class="mergerhead"><b>Cylinders</b></td>
<td class="mergerhead"><b>Transmission</b></td>
<td bgcolor="#cc0000" style="color: ffffff;" class="tease"><b>City</b></td>
<td bgcolor="#cc0000" style="color: ffffff;" class="tease"><b>Hwy</b></td>
<td class="mergerhead"><b>Est. annual fuel cost</b></td>
</tr>

<tr class="chartcolor2">
<td class="tease">JEEP</td>
<td class="tease">LIBERTY 4WD</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">2.4</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">4</td>
<td class="tease">5-speed manual</td>
<td class="tease" align="center"><b>20</b></td>

<td class="tease" align="center"><b>24</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="right">$1,155</td>
</tr>
<tr class="chartcolor1">
<td class="tease">NISSAN</td>
<td class="tease">MURANO AWD</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">3.5</td>

<td class="tease" align="center">6</td>
<td class="tease">Variable Automatic</td>
<td class="tease" align="center"><b>20</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="center"><b>24</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="right">$1,155</td>
</tr>

<tr class="chartcolor2">
<td class="tease">CHEVROLET</td>
<td class="tease">TRACKER 4WD HARDTOP</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">2.5</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">6</td>
<td class="tease">4-speed automatic</td>
<td class="tease" align="center"><b>19</b></td>

<td class="tease" align="center"><b>22</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="right">$1,242</td>
</tr>
<tr class="chartcolor1">
<td class="tease">SATURN</td>
<td class="tease">VUE AWD</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">3.5</td>

<td class="tease" align="center">6</td>
<td class="tease">5-speed automatic</td>
<td class="tease" align="center"><b>19</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="center"><b>25</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="right">$1,150</td>
</tr>


<tr valign="middle">
<td class="tease" colspan="8" bgcolor="#003366" style="color: ffffff;" align="center"><b><a name="stand" id="stand">Standard pickups</a></b></td>
</tr>

<tr valign="middle">
<td class="mergerhead"><b>Make</b></td>
<td class="mergerhead"><b>Model</b></td>
<td class="mergerhead"><b>Engine size (liters)</b></td>

<td class="mergerhead"><b>Cylinders</b></td>
<td class="mergerhead"><b>Transmission</b></td>
<td bgcolor="#cc0000" style="color: ffffff;" class="tease"><b>City</b></td>
<td bgcolor="#cc0000" style="color: ffffff;" class="tease"><b>Hwy</b></td>
<td class="mergerhead"><b>Est. annual fuel cost</b></td>
</tr>

<tr class="chartcolor1">
<td class="tease">FORD</td>
<td class="tease">RANGER PICKUP 2WD</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">2.3</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">4</td>
<td class="tease">5-speed manual</td>
<td class="tease" align="center"><b>24</b></td>

<td class="tease" align="center"><b>29</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="right">$959</td>
</tr>
<tr class="chartcolor2">
<td class="tease">MAZDA</td>
<td class="tease">B2300 2WD</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">2.3</td>

<td class="tease" align="center">4</td>
<td class="tease">5-speed manual</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">24</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">29</td>
<td class="tease" align="right">$959</td>
</tr>

<tr class="chartcolor1">
<td class="tease">NISSAN</td>
<td class="tease">FRONTIER 2WD</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">2.4</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">4</td>
<td class="tease">5-speed manual</td>
<td class="tease" align="center"><b>22</b></td>

<td class="tease" align="center"><b>27</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="right">$1,036</td>
</tr>
<tr class="chartcolor2">
<td class="tease">TOYOTA</td>
<td class="tease">TOYOTA TACOMA 2WD</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">2.4</td>

<td class="tease" align="center">4</td>
<td class="tease">4-speed automatic</td>
<td class="tease" align="center"><b>22</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="center"><b>25</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="right">$1,085</td>
</tr>

<tr class="chartcolor1">
<td class="tease">CHEVROLET</td>
<td class="tease">COLORADO 2WD</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">3.5</td>
<td class="tease" align="center">5</td>
<td class="tease">4-speed automatic</td>
<td class="tease" align="center"><b>19</b></td>

<td class="tease" align="center"><b>24</b></td>
<td class="tease" align="right">$1,179</td>
</tr>
</table>
<p><br>
As with any other major economic purchase, it is important to match the proper vehicle with your driving style and habits. A new Honda Insight may get 60/66 miles per gallon, but it costs $19,681.00. A 2005 Toyota Celica, which offering a low 29/36 costs nearly $2000 less at $18,030. Assuming you drive the estimated 15000 miles a year, it can be YEARS before you break even. The above statistics are from 2004 when gas was 1.71 a gallon. Assuming gas is $285 a gallon, the annual fuel costs for a 2005 Insight would be $683 and the 2005 Celica would be $1344. While this may seem daunting, remember that the payments for the Insight will also be more, and that it would take nearly 4 years to break even on buying the Insight. If you are the type of person who is buying a high gas mileage car strictly for the economic benefit, it will take a long time before it really starts to pay off.</p>
<p>It is important to recognize your motivations for wanting a high gas mileage car, and then to purchase accordingly. </p>
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