Friday, March 11, 2016

2016 Fuel Economy Guide

Gas station at Radiator Springs in Car Land, Disney California Adventure

Recently we picked up a handy little publication from the US Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and the US Environmental Protection Agency. While that's a mouthful, so is the title, which is "Model Year 2016 Fuel Economy Guide". We may not be thinking of fuel efficiency on the autocross course, but the rest of the year it's an important consideration, so we thought we'd share some highlights. Overall there are 42 pages, and you can get your own copy of this publication on line at Fuel Economy LINK or request a print copy at Request LINK.

The guide gives you information on estimated fuel costs, tax incentives for fuel efficient vehicles, as well as tips for improving your mileage, and some basic descriptions of technologies that auto makers use to get better mileage!

Luigi from the movie Cars

As for NMS, we're happy to see the standard FIAT 500 (check out his older cousin in the photo above) taking the crown in the Minicompact car category!

While there are many ways to measure car categories by size, here are the categories listed in this document, and (not including all-electric vehicles), the highest MPG car in each size with it's combined (city and highway) mpg:

Two Seater Cars
Honda CR-Z hybrid  37mpg

Minicompact Cars
FIAT 500                   34mpg

Subcompact Cars
Scion iA                    37mpg

Compact Cars
Toyota Prius c hybrid  50mpg

Midsize Cars
Ford Fusion hybrid                 42mpg
Hyundai Sonata hybrid SE     42mpg

Large Cars
Ford C-Max hybrid FWD           40mpg

Small Station Wagons
Honda Fit                               36mpg

Midsize Station Wagons
Toyota Prius V hybrid              42mpg

Small Pickup Trucks
Chevrolet Colorado 2WD           22mpg
GMC Canyon 2WD                    22mpg

Standard Pickup Trucks
Ram 1500 HFE 4x2 diesel         24mpg

Nissan Quest                      23mpg

Small SUVs
Lexus NX 300h hybrid          33mpg
Toyota RAV4 hybrid AWD  33mpg

Standard SUVs
Lexus RX 450h AWD            30mpg

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