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Hybrid Insight most efficient vehicle
Gas-electric Honda beats Toyota hybrid Prius for best mileage; Dodge Ram pickup biggest guzzler.
October 8, 2004: 12:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Honda's gas-electric hybrid Insight edged out the Toyota hybrid Prius for the most fuel-efficient vehicle, according to the government mileage readings, while the Dodge Ram pickup was measured as the worst gas guzzler.

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The mileage readings from the Environmental Protection Agency says that the manual transmission version of the hybrid Insight could get 61 miles per gallon in city driving and 66 mpg on the highway, compared to 60 mpg in the city and 51 mpg on the highway for the Prius, which is unusual for getting better city mileage due to its greater reliance on its electric motor during stop-and-go driving.

Different versions of hybrid vehicles from Honda and Toyota hold the top seven spots on the list of most efficient vehicles. No. 8 on the list is the manual transmission diesel versions of the Volkswagen Beetle/Golf/Jetta, which got 38/46 mpg. The manual transmission diesel version of the Volkswagen Jetta Wagon is just behind at No. 9 on the list.

The hybrid version of the Honda Civic was No. 4 on the list for fuel efficiency, getting 48 mpg in the city and 47 mpg on the highway, while the traditional gasoline powered version was the best gasoline-only vehicle. It didn't use much more fuel than the hybrid version on the highway, getting 36 mpg in the city and 44 mpg on the highway in its manual transmission version.

The new hybrid version of the Ford Escape, the first sport/utility vehicle to use a hybrid engine, is No. 12 on the list, coming in at 36 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, and is the most fuel efficient car from a U.S. auto manufacturer.

At the other end of the ratings, the two-wheel-drive version of the Dodge Ram Pickup got only 9 mpg in the city and 12 mpg on the highway. That edged out the high-end sports car Lamborghini L-147/148 Murcielago, which got 9 mpg in the city and 13 mpg on the highway.

The original version of this article got the name of the Honda vehicle at top of the fuel efficiency list wrong. CNN/Money regrets the error.

Vehicles more than 8,500 pounds gross vehicle weight, such as the Hummer H2, are exempt from federal fuel economy requirements.

The other vehicles among the top gas guzzlers are other high-end vehicles from Lamborghini, Ferrari and Bentley, as well as the manual transmission version of the Dodge Ram pickup, which came in at No. 3.  Top of page

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