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2010 Models With the Best Gas Mileage

October 22, 2009

Best Gas Mileage If you're considering buying a new car, you obviously want to save as much money as you can. Many people don't consider the true cost of owning a car.

Depreciation will be your biggest cost over a 5 year period. Purchasing gas will be the second highest overall cost you will incur. If you plan on owning your car for over 5 years, fuel will most likely become your biggest yearly cost.

If you buy a car for $25,000, your total overall cost after 5 years will typically be about $50,000. This factors in everything including depreciation, insurance, gas, repairs and maintenance.

Over the long term, it really pays to consider a high MPG vehicle, especially if you drive a lot.

Last week, the U.S. government released its list of the top 10 most fuel efficient cars for the 2010 model year. If your goal is to save money over the long-term, you should look into these models.

Rank Vehicle MPG - city/highway
1 Toyota Prius (hybrid) 51/48
2 Ford Fusion Hybrid FWD
Mercury Milan Hybrid FWD
3 Honda Civic Hybrid 40/45
4 Honda Insight (hybrid) 40/43
5 Lexus HS250h (hybrid) 35/34
6 Nissan Altima Hybrid 35/33
7 Ford Escape Hybrid FWD
Mazda Tribute Hybrid 2WD
Mercury Mariner Hybrid FWD

8 Smart fortwo Cabriolet (automatic)
Smart fortwo Coupe (automatic)

9 Toyota Camry Hybrid 33/34
10 Lexus RX450h (hybrid, 2WD) 32/28

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- Gregg Fidan

Gregg Fidan

About: Gregg Fidan

Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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