Toyota, Ford Are 2010 EPA Headliners

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy have released the updated 2010 Fuel Economy Guide, which is the final word on mileage numbers and estimated fuel costs for the 2010 model year.

The 2010 guide doesn’t have too many earth-shattering changes. The Toyota Prius remains the most fuel-efficient vehicle and has even added a few miles per gallon to its lead with 51/48 mpg city/highway. The big move comes from Ford: It has two vehicles — the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Mercury Milan Hybrid — tied in second place with ratings of 41/36 mpg for both vehicles.

Rounding out the top 10 are the Honda Civic Hybrid, Honda Insight, Lexus HS 250h, Nissan Altima Hybrid, Ford Escape Hybrid, Mazda Tribute Hybrid and Mercury Mariner Hybrid.

The guide’s vehicle listings also provide estimated annual fuel costs, which can help you determine how much gas your perspective new car will suck down, but it’s based on the national estimates for annual mileage and fuel prices — two fluctuating variables. Therefore, don’t expect that number to be spot-on.

You can also input local gas prices and your driving habits in to the guide’s online version to find a more personalized estimate of your yearly fuel costs.

By Stephen Markley | October 19, 2009 | Comments (7)



I thought the standout was the KIA Forte fuel economy package.
27/36, better than the Mazda3 auto, 24/33.
Better, considering it is an automatic, than the Chevrolet Cobalt XFE 25/37 (and Pontiac G5 xfe)
Better than the Civic, which has a 1.8 liter engine-25/36
Better than Focus auto 24/34
Better than Corolla auto 26/34.


How does a 40/43 and a 40/45 vehicle lose to a 41/36 vehicle is totally beyond me.


this is easier then you think. I noticed that city mileage is better indicator then HWY mileage in most cases.
The better your city mileage the better average you most likely to return.


The thing I could not understand is why Ford keeps making a list such as this when in actuality their vehicles do not reach the estimated mileage. Sure they are fun to drive compared to Toyota but rarely do they reach the estimated EPA mileage ratings. Lists such as this should focus on real world MPGs.


Prove it without a doubt.


Not true, because the EPA mileage rating is always underrated for vehicles that I drive.

It varies. Main difference is driving style.

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