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2012 Models that Save You the Most Gas Money

Consumer Reports just released a survey this week showing that the most important consideration on car shopper's list is now fuel economy. With gas prices having remained stubbornly high for the past couple of years, it's easy to see why.

Based on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) miles-per-gallon ratings, Edmunds.com has released a list of the top 11 most fuel-efficient sedans for 2012. At the top of the list is the Honda Civic Hybrid, with a combined city/highway rating of 44 miles per gallon.

The list is dominated by hybrids and diesels, and you may have noticed that the Toyota Prius is not listed here. That's because the Prius is considered a Wagon, not a sedan.

Here is the list, with ratings showing city, highway, and combined mileage estimates.

VehicleCity HighwayCombined
Honda Civic Hybrid444444
Toyota Camry Hybrid433941
Ford Fusion Hybrid413639
Lincoln MKZ Hybrid413639
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid354037
Kia Optima Hybrid354037
Lexus HS 250h353435
Volkswagen Passat Diesel314335
Hyundai Accent304034
Kia Rio304034
Volkswagen Jetta Diesel304234

3 Steps Every Car Buyer Needs to Take to Save Maximum Money

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About The Author

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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