Is Your New Car Fuel-Efficient? The EPA Has Spoken With The 2013 Fuel Economy Guide (+ 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Cars)

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The Fuel Economy Guide is enlightening and entertaining (or is that part just me) every year. In the face of increasing concerns regarding fuel cost and efficiency, this week has given us the 2013 Fuel Economy Guide.

EPA 2013 Fuel Efficiency Guide

Did We Mention The Electric Cars?

My personal favorite part of next year’s guide is the number of electric and hybrid cars evaluated. More hybrids and EVs are available each year, and the EPA is faithfully testing them all. There is, of course, also a wealth of information regarding vehicles that run on more traditional fossil fuels, including (most importantly) evaluations of their fuel efficiency and emissions.

The most fuel-efficient and low-emission vehicles available are, of course, the electric cars and the plug-in hybrids — but in order to offer the widest range of useful information possible, the EPA has released two top-ten lists for fuel efficiency. One list involves the super awesome EVs and hybrids, and the other is for vehicles powered by a standard gas or diesel ICE.

Regarding the 2013 guide, Administrator Lisa P. Jackson says:

“This Administration has been working to foster a new generation of clean, fuel-efficient American vehicles, and part of that effort is ensuring that Americans have access to the best possible fuel economy information when they’re choosing a car. The 2013 Fuel Economy Guide provides Americans information about which car on the lot offers the greatest fuel economy and the lowest environmental impact. These are important considerations that can help families save money while protecting their health and the environment.”

How Do You Drive? (Also With Interactive Assessments)

Annual fuel costs can be personalized with local fuel prices and individual driving habits. Along with greenhouse gas ratings for each vehicle, personalized fuel cost estimates can help consumers make an informed decision when purchasing a new vehicle. Consumers can also see how their fuel costs would change if driving habits were altered, which helps make it a great tool.

With the release of the new guide, Energy Secretary Steven Chu hit the vital points of just why it’s so important to drive a fuel-efficient and low-emission car:

“The Fuel Economy Guide gives consumers easily accessible information to help them choose the vehicle that’s right for them. Fuel efficient vehicles help American families save money at the pump, continue to deliver on vehicle performance, and help reduce our dependence on foreign oil while limiting carbon pollution.”

Here’s the Top 10 list based on fuel economy:

1. 2013 Scion iQ EV 2013 Scion iQ EV Combined 121 City 138/Highway 105
Electric Vehicle, Auto (AV)
2. 2013 Honda Fit EV 2013 Honda Fit EV Combined 118 City 132/Highway 105
Electric Vehicle, Auto (A1)
3. 2013 Mitsubishi i-MiEV 2013 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Combined 112 City 126/Highway 99
Electric Vehicle, Auto (A1)
4. 2013 smart fortwo cabriolet EV 2013 smart fortwo EV cabriolet Combined 107 City 122/Highway 93
Electric Vehicle, Auto (A1)
2013 smart fortwo coupe EV 2013 smart fortwo EV coupe Combined 107 City 122/Highway 93
Electric Vehicle, Auto (A1)
5. 2012 Ford Focus Electric 2013 Ford Focus Electric Combined 105 City 110/Highway 99
Electric Vehicle, Auto (AV)
6. 2013 Tesla Model S 2013 Tesla Model S (60 kW-hr battery pack) Combined 95 City 94/Highway 97
Electric Vehicle, Auto (A1)
7. 2013 Tesla Model S 2013 Tesla Model S (85 kW-hr battery pack) Combined 89 City 88/Highway 90
Electric Vehicle, Auto (A1)
8. 2012 CODA Automotive CODA 2013 CODA Automotive CODA Combined 73 City 77/Highway 68
Electric Vehicle, Auto (A1)
9. 2012 Chevy Volt 2013 Chevrolet Volt *Ranked by combined gas/electricity rating of 62 MPGe Combined 62 City 63/Highway 61

The guide is online at and will be updated as more 2013 vehicles hit the market. What are you waiting for? Go look at it!

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