Thursday, July 16, 2009

What was the most fuel efficient subcompact sold in the U.S.?

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.

Popular Mechanics

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Which raises the obvious question: Why can't Honda (or anyone else) make a small car that gets the 50 mpg that I averaged in the ten years I drove my CRX-HF?