Seven vehicles were tested by Consumer Reports recently to determine the fuel economy of the vehicles at a given speed. For these vehicles, the decline in fuel economy from a speed of 55 miles per hour (mph) to 75 mph was between 20% and 30%. The Honda Insight, which is a hybrid vehicle, had the greatest fuel economy decline (30%) from 55 to 75 mph, but the Toyota RAV4 had the greatest fuel economy decline from 55 to 65 mph (15%).

Fuel Economy by Vehicle Speed for Seven Tested Vehicles

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Fuel Economy by Vehicle Speed
Make and modelEngine55 mph65 mph75 mphChange from 55 to 65 mphChange from 55 to 75 mph
Acura TSX2.4 liter, 4 cylinder39.935.530.7-11%-23%
Honda Insight1.3 liter, 4 cylinder51.944.836.5-14%-30%
Lexus RX3503.5 liter, V630.927.423.0-11%-26%
Mercury Mountaineer4.6 liter, V823.821.217.8-11%-25%
Toyota Camry2.5 liter, 4 cylinder40.334.929.8-13%-26%
Toyta RAV42.5 liter, 4 cylinder34.629.325.9-15%-25%
Toyota Yaris1.5 liter, 4 cylinder42.537.934.0-11%-20%

Source: Consumer Reports, "Tested Speed vs. Fuel Economy," September 9, 2009. (Links to Consumer Reports blog.)

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