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October 29, 2002

DOE and EPA Release Fuel Economy Guide for Model Year 2003

DOE and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released on October 29th the estimated fuel efficiencies for all U.S. passenger vehicles for Model Year 2003. The "Fuel Economy Guide 2003" ranks the vehicles by fuel efficiency within each class, and the online version allows users to make side-by-side comparisons of vehicles.

For 2003, hybrid electric vehicles continue to lead the list of fuel-efficient vehicles, with the manual and automatic versions of the Honda Insight, Honda Civic Hybrid, and Toyota Prius topping the list. Interestingly enough, several diesel-fueled Volkswagens follow close behind the hybrids, and among conventional gasoline-fueled vehicles, only the Toyota Echo lands on the top-ten list. But if you own a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bentley, or Maserati, you just might find your vehicle at the bottom of the list. See the DOE press release and EPA press release.

The Fuel Economy Guide Web site also provides information about alternative-fueled vehicles and all-electric vehicles, including the latest news on federal tax incentives for these vehicles.