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The graph below shows the range of the lowest and highest fuel economy for each vehicle class, along with the lowest and highest annual fuel cost (in parentheses). For example, the two-seater model with the lowest fuel economy gets 10 miles per gallon (MPG) with an estimated annual fuel cost of $4,200, while the two-seater model with the highest fuel economy gets 36 MPG with an estimated annual fuel cost of $1,084.

The midsize class has the greatest range in fuel economy, followed by compact cars, two-seater cars, subcompact cars and SUVs. Except for two-seater cars, these vehicle classes all contain hybrid models which greatly extend the range of their respective classes. Consumers interested in purchasing a vehicle in one of these vehicle classes have a great deal of choice in terms of fuel economy, while consumers interested in vans have little or no choice concerning fuel efficiency in the 2010 model year.

Fuel Economy and Annual Fuel Cost Ranges for Vehicle Classes, 2010 model year
Graph showing the fuel economy and annual fuel cost ranges for 2010 model year vehicle classes. For more detailed information, see the table below.

Supporting Information

Fuel Economy and Annual Fuel Cost Ranges for Vehicle Classes, 2010 model year
Vehicle Class Lowest MPG in the Vehicle Class Highest MPG in the Vehicle Class Lowest Annual Fuel Cost in the Vehicle Class Highest Annual Fuel Cost in the Vehicle Class
Two-Seater Cars 10 36 $4,200 $1,084
Minicompact Cars 13 32 $3,230 $1,310
Subcompact Cars 12 32 $3,499 $1,217
Compact Cars 11 42 $3,818 $928
Midsize Card 12 50 $3,499 $780
Large Cars 13 25 $3,230 $1,560
Small Station Wagons 19 34 $2,209 $1,191
Midsize Station Wagons 18 25 $2,335 $1,680
Minivans 18 24 $2,168 $1,626
Passenger Vans 14 14 $2,785 $2,785
Cargo Vans 14 17 $2,785 $2,293
Sport Utility Vehicles 12 32 $3,499 $1,217
Small Pickup Trucks 15 24 $2,501 $1,626
Standard Pickup Trucks 14 22 $2,785 $1,774

Note:
Combined city and highway MPG estimates are used; these assume you will drive 55% in the city and 45% on the highway. Annual fuel costs assume you travel 15,000 miles each year and fuel costs $2.60/gallon for regular unleaded gasoline and $2.80/gallon for premium. Visit www.fueleconomy.gov to calculate annual fuel cost for a specific vehicle based on your own driving conditions and per-gallon fuel costs.

Source:
U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2010 Fuel Economy Guide.

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