The 15 Most Fuel Efficient Cars

By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2008 9:43 AM CDT
This Sunday Feb. 18, 2007 file photo shows 2007 Toyota Prius hybrid sedans on the lot of a Toyota dealership in Boulder, Colo.    (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file)
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(Newser) – Toyota’s Prius may hold the crown for fuel-efficiency, but that doesn’t mean it’s lonely at the top. BusinessWeek takes a look at the 15 cars with the best mileage—30 mpg combined city and highway or better.

  • Mercury’s 2009 Mariner Hybrid offers mileage better than the average SUV at 32 mpg combined, starting at $29,445.

  • The diminutive 2008 Smart Fortwo pulls 36 mpg combined from its diminutive frame, though premium gas is recommended.
  • Nissan’s 2008 Altima Hybrid gives a conventional motor a slight electric boost, but retains conventional power, boasting 198 horsepower.
  • The 2008 Mini Cooper offers 32 mpg combined, making the most efficient car capable of comfortably seating four.

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