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The 15 Most Fuel-efficient Cars for 2010

We're generally of the mindset that our transportation future will include many varieties of vehicles working en masse-from bikes to buses to...

We're generally of the mindset that our transportation future will include many varieties of vehicles working en masse-from bikes to buses to high-speed rails and even our own two feet-to get us from here to there. In the mean time, many of us still find ourselves in need of automobiles, and some of us need new automobiles. With that in mind, we present this list of the 15 most fuel-efficient cars, ranked by city miles per gallon, that you can actually buy this year.


15. The Hyundai Elantra Blue (manual)

Miles per gallon: 26 city, 35 highway

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price: $14,145

14. Mini Cooper (manual)

MPG: 28 city, 37 highway

MSRP: $19,500

13. Toyota Yaris (manual)

MPG: 29 city, 36 highwayMSRP: $12,905

12. Volkswagen Jetta TDI (manual)

MPG: 30 city, 41 highway

MSRP: $22,830

12. Volkswagen Golf TDI (manual)

MPG: 30 city, 41 highway

MSRP: $22,354 for Golf

10. Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI (automatic)

MPG: 30 city, 42 highway

MSRP: $24,615

10. Audi A3 (automatic)

MPG: 30 city, 42 highway

MSRP: $27,270

8. Smart For-Two Coupe or Convertible (both automatic)

MPG: 33 city, 41 highway

MSRP: $11,990

7. Ford Escape (and Mazda Tribute) Hybrid (both automatic, and both SUVs!)

MPG: 34 city, 31 highway

MSRP: $29,175

6. Nissan Altima Hybrid (automatic)

MPG: 35 city, 34 highway

MSRP: $26,650

5. 2010 Lexus HS 250h (automatic)

MPG: 35 city, 34 highwayMSRP: $34,650

4. Honda Insight Hybrid (automatic)

MPG: 40 city, 43 highway

MSRP: $19,800

3. Honda Civic Hybrid (automatic)

MPG: 40 city, 45 highway

MSRP: $23,800

2. Ford Fusion (and Mercury Milan) Hybrid (automatic)

MPG: 41 city, 36 highway

MSRP: $27,950

1. Toyota Prius (automatic)

MPG: 51 city, 48 highway

MSRP: $22,800

There you have it. I'll go out on a limb and say you can probably haggle your way into a decent deal on a Toyota in the next few months. Also, if you're interested, you can calculate gallons per mile here (we recommend gallons per 10,000 miles).

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