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Top 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Wagons and Hatchbacks

May 12, 2011

As gas prices continue to rise, consumers are looking to save money by purchasing fuel-efficient vehicles.

The most fuel-efficient vehicles on the market today are hatchbacks and wagons, with electric, hybrid and diesel models leading the way

The Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt lead the pack by a wide margin, getting nearly 100 miles per gallon.

For those not ready to buy an electric vehicle yet, The Toyota Prius is your best bet - getting 50 miles to the gallon.

Here's the list of the ten most fuel efficient hatchbacks and wagons.

Rankings based on EPA mpg ratings for city and highway, expressed in mpg as a city/highway/combined ratio.

Note: the Leaf uses no gas, but its ranking reflects the EPA's "mpg equivalent" figures: 33.7kW-hrs equaling one gallon of gasoline energy.

Model Highway City Combined
1. Nissan Leaf Nissan Leaf 106 92 99
2. Chevrolet Volt Chevrolet Volt 95 90 93
3. Toyota Prius Toyota Prius 51 48 50
4. Lexus CT 200h Lexus CT 200h 43 40 42
5. Honda Insight Honda Insight 40 43 41
6. Honda CR-Z Honda CR-Z 35 39 37
7. Smart Fortwo Smart Fortwo 33 41 36
8. Volkswagen Golf Volkswagen Golf Diesel 30 42 34
9. Volkswagen Jetta Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Diesel 30 42 34
10. Audi A3 Diesel Audi A3 Diesel 30 42 34

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