The EPA has been keeping an official record of fuel economy for cars sold in the U.S. since 1975. There have been a lot of different makes and models sold since then. With all the talk of hybrids, diesels, and alternative energy vehicles, I started to wonder what the most fuel-efficient subcompact was?
A Google search yielded an article by Popular Mechanics about the top fuel sippers over the last 34 years. The list goes like this:
1. '00 Honda Insight: 49/61
2. '86-'88 Chevrolet Sprint: 44/53
3. '90 Geo Metro XFI: 43/51
4. '86-'87 Honda Civic HF: 42/51
5. '82 Volkswagen Rabbit Diesel: 34/40
Some that were not on the list:
1981 Toyota Starlet: 38/52
1985 Ford Escort Diesel: 36/46
I'm sure there are others I've overlooked. Feel free to add to the list in the comments section.