Last week the Department of Energy (DOE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the 2011 Fuel Economy Guide. This annual guide provides consumers with information about estimated mileage and fuel costs for model year 2011 vehicles. Obviously, choosing the most fuel efficient vehicle in a class will save you money and reduce carbon pollution.
You can find fuel-efficient models in any type, class, and size. Overall, the best fuel economy performers are hybrids, but the 2011 fuel economy leader list also includes fuel efficient clean diesels as well as gasoline models.
Here are some other highlights:
- Each vehicle listing in the guide provides an estimated annual fuel cost (based on mpg and national estimates for annual mileage and fuel prices)
- The online version allows you to input your local gasoline prices and typical driving habits for a personalized fuel cost estimate
- The guide includes tips for increasing your vehicle's efficiency regardless of what you drive
- For the first time, the guide includes medium-duty passenger vehicles such as SUVs and passenger vans.
EPA and DOE will provide additional fuel economy information online as more 2011 vehicles, including electric and plug-in hybrid cars, become available.
Don't forget to visit the Your Vehicle section on Energy Savers, where you can learn about advanced vehicle technologies, alternative fuels, and ways to improve your vehicle's fuel efficiency.
Andrea Spikes is a communicator at DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, which assists EERE in providing technical content for many of its Web sites.