DOE and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the 2012 Fuel Economy Guide in November. While fuel-efficient vehicles come in a variety of fuel types, classes, and sizes, many new advanced technology vehicles debut on this year’s annual list of top fuel economy performers.
The 2012 all-electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV topped this list, after a conversion from gas-to-electric was factored in to give it a 112 mpg average.
Some 2012 models will be voluntarily displaying new fuel economy and environment labels that provide consumers with more comprehensive fuel efficiency information, including five-year fuel costs or savings compared to the average vehicle, as well as new greenhouse gas and smog ratings. These labels are will be required in model year 2013.
The mpg rankings are available online at www.fueleconomy.gov. The online version of the guide allows consumers to input their local gasoline prices and typical driving habits to receive personalized fuel cost estimates.