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October 07, 2004

DOE and EPA Announce Fuel Economy Leaders for Model Year 2005

Photo of a Honda Insight.

The Honda Insight is the most fuel-efficient car sold in the United States.
Credit: Honda

The 2005 models are arriving at car dealerships around the United States, and to help consumers make an informed choice, DOE and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have released the 2005 Fuel Economy Guide. The Fuel Economy Guide lists estimated miles per gallon (mpg) while driving in the city and on the highway for all cars and light trucks sold in the United States. It also lists an estimated annual fuel cost for each vehicle, and includes special sections on hybrid-electric and alternative-fuel vehicles. The Fuel Economy Guide Web site includes fuel economy data back to 1978, allows head-to-head comparisons of vehicles, and provides crash test and emissions data. The Web site even provides information on electric and clean-fuel vehicle tax incentives, which were extended by the "Working Families Tax Relief Act of 2004," signed by President Bush on October 4th. The site also includes a downloadable version of the 24-page Fuel Economy Guide. See the Fuel Economy Guide Web site.

The Honda Insight continues to lead the pack in terms of fuel economy, with its manual-shift version achieving 61 mpg in the city and 66 mpg on the highway. Debuting in 12th place in overall mileage is the two-wheel-drive version of the Ford Escape Hybrid, which leads the sport-utility vehicle (SUV) category by achieving 36 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. See the DOE press release and the EPA's 5-year list of vehicles with the highest and lowest fuel economy.