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High-MPG cars are surging in sales: Small cars made up about 25% of sales in March. But it is important to know which cars are best on mileage?Car-shopping siteEdmunds.comhas done the math on monthly costs at recent gas prices; it recently ranked wallet-busters and super-savers in different categories of 2011 models. The range of costs was startling: Within the same size class, the thirstiest can run up a gas bill two to three times that of the best gas sippers.
This ranking shows the most intriguing range of costs. The plug-inNissan Leafshows monthly charging costs of just $41 a month; its competitor theChevrolet Volt– which uses some gas for a back-up generator – takes $58 in monthly costs. (See Chevrolet Volt: What Will the Car of the Year Really Cost You?)The Honda Civic GX, fueled by natural gas, would cost $46 a month if you had a home fueling station and $87 a month if you bought from commercial stations. (See Save Money on Gas: Buy a Natural Gas Fueled Car). The monthly gas bill for aToyota Prius hybrid(51 mpg city, 48 highway) – at left – would be $89.
With no plug-ins in this category, the lowest mid-size fuel costs belong to the Ford Fusion Hybrid, at right. Ranked by the EPA at 41 mpg city, 36 highway, its monthly fuel bill is $108. Just behind is the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid (35 mpg city, 40 highway) at $111.
Most costly in this segment is the Volkswagen CC VR6 -another all-wheel-drive performance model with a six-cylinder engine ranked at 17 mpg in city, 15 highway. Its monthly fuel bill is $225 – just more than twice that of the hybrids
Hybrids rule here too, with the Ford Escape Hybrid (34 mpg city, 31 highway) topping this list at $132 in monthly fuel costs. That’s half as much as “worst” pick: off-roading champion Jeep Wrangler (15 mpg city, 17 highway), at $263.
As Edmunds analyst John O’Dell notes, “Unless your daily commute is across the Rubicon Trail, it might make sense to bank the $131 a month you would save with a Ford hybrid and use it to rent a Wrangler for your annual two-week trek into the wilderness.”
The Toyota Highlander Hybrid (28 mpg city, 28 highway) tops this list at $158 monthly fuel costs but theChevrolet Equinox, at right, with a standard gas engine ranked at 22 mpg city, 32 highway, is not far behind at $172.
The four-wheel-drive Nissan Pathfinder, with a 5.6-liter V-8 engine rated at 13 mpg city, 18 highway, is worst at $343 a month – among several Nissan, Toyota Mitsubishi and Mazda models in that part of the rankings. “You know it’s a brave new world out there when a list of the most fuel [efficient] midsize SUVs includes a domestic model – the Chevrolet Equinox – while the worst fuel economy in the segment is being racked up almost entirely by import models,” says analyst John O’Dell.
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