TrueCar.com Sizes Up Efficiency of 2011 Hybrids & Non-Hybrid Models


SANTA MONICA, Calif. - 

TrueCar.com decided to revisit its analysis of fuel-efficient vehicles Monday, compiling separate lists of just hybrids as well as non-hybrid models.

Of the Top 10 hybrids, analysts indicated four have a combined 40 mpg or better while every vehicle in the Top 10 non-hybrids offers a combined 30 mpg or better. TrueCar.com’s lists only looked at 2011 model vehicles and did not include pure electric vehicles because there is no cost associated with filling up a tank.

Leading the way on the hybrid list was the Toyota Prius, followed right behind by its luxury-model cousin, the Lexus CT 200h. A pair of Hondas came next, the Insight and the Civic Hybrid.

Honda also had another unit among TrueCar.com’s top hybrids, the CR-Z.

The remainder of the site’s hybrid highlights included two more foreign offerings, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Nissan Altima Hybrid. The other units were from domestic OEMs — the Ford Fusion Hybrid, the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid and the Chevrolet Volt.

As far as fuel-efficient non-hybrid models, topping TrueCar.com list was the Hyundai Elantra, followed by the Chevrolet Cruze Eco and the Toyota Yaris.

Ranking next were the Ford Fiesta and Mazda’s MAZDA2. TrueCar.com included a pair of units from Volkswagen, the Jetta Sedan TDI and Golf TDI.

Rounding out the non-hybrid models were the Audi A3 TDI, Toyota Corolla and Mini Cooper Hardtop.

TrueCar.com arrived at its list by comparing the current models being sold and looked at the costs based on fuel economy and the expenses for gas per 15,000 miles driven annually. 

“Hybrids offer great fuel economy but most don’t provide the value consumers are seeking,” insisted Jesse Toprak, vice president of industry trends and insights at TrueCar.com.

“If you’re looking to save the most amounts of money, look at the overall picture from the cost of the vehicle and how much you would spend on fuel to see what vehicle offers the best overall value,” Toprak added.

Earlier, TrueCar.com reviewed fuel efficiency of all new vehicles, both hybrids and tradition. That story from Auto Remarketing is available here.
 

TrueCar.com's Top 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Hybrid Vehicles

Year

Make

Model

MSRP

Average Price Paid

EPA Combined MPG

Gallons Used Annually*

Cost Per Year **

 

2011

Toyota

Prius

$23,810

$22,235

49.6

302

$1,064

 

2011

Lexus

CT 200h

$29,995

$30,013

41.6

361

$1,269

 

2011

Honda

Insight

$18,950

$17,851

41.3

363

$1,279

 

2011

Honda

Civic Hybrid

$24,700

$23,290

41.3

363

$1,279

 

2011

Ford

Fusion Hybrid

$29,100

$28,535

38.6

389

$1,368

 

2011

Lincoln

MKZ Hybrid

$35,455

$33,478

38.6

389

$1,368

 

2011

Hyundai

Sonata Hybrid

$26,545

$25,031

37.1

404

$1,424

 

2011

Chevrolet

Volt

$41,000

$40,893

37.1

404

$1,424

 

2011

Honda

CR-Z

$20,745

$20,368

36.7

409

$1,439

 

2011

Nissan

Altima Hybrid

$27,560

$21,845

33.0

455

$1,600

 

 

TrueCar.com's Top 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Non-Hybrids

Year

Make

Model

MSRP

Average Price Paid

EPA Combined MPG

Gallons Used Annually*

Cost Per Year **

 

2011

Hyundai

Elantra

$15,550

$15,052

33.1

453

$1,595

 

2011

Chevrolet

Cruze Eco

$18,895

$18,596

32.9

455

$1,603

 

2011

Toyota

Yaris

$13,715

$12,689

31.8

472

$1,661

 

2011

Ford

Fiesta

$13,995

$13,168

31.4

477

$1,679

 

2011

Mazda

MAZDA2

$14,975

$14,696

31.4

477

$1,680

 

2011

Volkswagen

Jetta Sedan TDI***

$23,765

$22,437

34.4

436

$1,704

 

2011

Volkswagen

Golf TDI ***

$23,995

$23,263

34.4

436

$1,704

 

2011

Audi

A3 TDI***

$31,125

$29,866

34.4

436

$1,704

 

2011

Toyota

Corolla

$16,360

$15,167

30.8

488

$1,716

 

2011

MINI

Cooper Hardtop ****

$20,100

$19,497

32.1

467

$1,774

 

 

*Number of gallons used per 15,000 miles driven

 

**Cost of fuel per 15,000 miles driven at $3.52 for unleaded fuel; $3.80 for premium unleaded fuel and $3.91 for diesel fuel

 

***Uses diesel fuel

 

****Premium fuel required

 

 

 

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