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NEW YORK (CNN/Money) -- These cars top the rankings in the United States Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency's 2004 Fuel Economy Guide. These are the cars that got the best gas mileage, according to government tests.

Best Gas Mileage
Make Model Engine size (liters) Cylinders Transmission City Hwy Est. annual fuel cost
Honda Insight 1 3 5-speed manual 60 66 $405
Toyota Prius 1.5 4 Variable automatic 60 51 $466
Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3 4 Variable automatic 48 47 $541
Volkswagen Diesel New Beetle/Golf/Jetta 1.9 4 5-speed manual 38 46 $598
Honda Civic 1.7 4 5-speed manual 36 44 $635
Toyota Echo 1.5 4 5-speed manual 35 43 $651
Toyota Scion XA 1.5 4 4-speed automatic 32 38 $727
Toyota Corolla 1.8 4 5-speed manual 32 40 $705
Toyota Scion XB 1.5 4 5-speed manual 31 35 $773
Toyota Celica 1.8 4 4-speed automatic 29 36 $781
Source: Fueleconomy.gov
Note: Est. annual fuel cost is CNN/Money's calculation based on 15,000 miles of 55 percent city, 45 percent highway driving and a gallon of gasoline costing $1.71, which was the national average for regular gasoline on March 2, 2004. For cars using diesel fuel, the price is assumed to be $1.69, the national average for diesel fuel on that date.

Large cars
Make Model Engine size (liters) Cylinders Transmission City Hwy Est. annual fuel cost
CHEVROLET IMPALA 3.4 6 4-speed automatic 21 32 $948
CHEVROLET MALIBU MAXX 3.5 6 4-speed automatic 22 30 $972
CHRYSLER CONCORDE/LHS 2.7 6 4-speed automatic 21 29 $1,010
DODGE INTREPID 2.7 6 4-speed automatic 21 29 $1,010
BUICK LESABRE 3.8 6 4-speed automatic 20 29 $1,028
Midsize cars
Make Model Engine size (liters) Cylinders Transmission City Hwy Est. annual fuel cost
TOYOTA PRIUS 1.5 4 Variable Automatic 60 51 $466
HYUNDAI ELANTRA 2.0 4 5-speed manual 27 34 $831
HONDA ACCORD 2.4 4 5-speed manual 26 34 $844
CHEVROLET MALIBU 2.2 4 4-speed automatic 24 34 $869
CHEVROLET 6 2.2 4 4-speed automatic 24 34 $869
4WD SUVs
Make Model Engine size (liters) Cylinders Transmission City Hwy Est. annual fuel cost
JEEP LIBERTY 4WD 2.4 4 5-speed manual 20 24 $1,155
NISSAN MURANO AWD 3.5 6 Variable Automatic 20 24 $1,155
CHEVROLET TRACKER 4WD HARDTOP 2.5 6 4-speed automatic 19 22 $1,242
SATURN VUE AWD 3.5 6 5-speed automatic 19 25 $1,150
Standard pickups
Make Model Engine size (liters) Cylinders Transmission City Hwy Est. annual fuel cost
FORD RANGER PICKUP 2WD 2.3 4 5-speed manual 24 29 $959
MAZDA B2300 2WD 2.3 4 5-speed manual 24 29 $959
NISSAN FRONTIER 2WD 2.4 4 5-speed manual 22 27 $1,036
TOYOTA TOYOTA TACOMA 2WD 2.4 4 4-speed automatic 22 25 $1,085
CHEVROLET COLORADO 2WD 3.5 5 4-speed automatic 19 24 $1,179


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