Myth Busted - Gasoline cars are more efficient than diesel cars.
Diesel fans love to think their cars are more efficient than gasoline cars. But is it true? Not according to the EPA. With automakers moving ever closer to a high average MPG in their fleet, this fact will weigh heavily on the liquid fuel they choose going forward.
In its most recent report on CO2 and fuel economy trends, the EPA summarized the top ten most fuel efficient vehicles since 1975. The top-selling Prius family holds the top spot, as well as numbers three and four. The now-discontinued Honda Insight (a 2000 model year car) is second. The EPA uses non-adjusted mileage numbers calculated in a lab, but the Prius would still be number one regardless. Toyota also is first, second and third among current model year 2016 vehicles. The Malibu hybrid is the fourth vehicle from the 2016 model year that is on the current list.
The EPA categorizes crossovers as “trucks.” In the EPA's top 10 of this category, the list is topped by the 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid AWD, which has an equal fuel efficiency to the 1983 VW compact 2WD diesel pickup. Lexus’ NX200H is the next vehicle, and the rest of the list is a combination of diesel and hybrids. The highest-rated 2016 modern diesel is the BMW X3 xDrive 28d with a 40 MPG rating, five MPG less than the RAV4 Hybrid’s.
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