Hybrid and economy-class vehicles by Japanese car makers Honda Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. dominate the federal US government’s top-10 fuel-economy list for 2007 vehicles.
The hybrid-electric Toyota Prius ranked the first, with 60 miles per gallon in the city and 51 mpg on the highway, while the Honda Civic Hybrid was second, with 49 mpg in the city and 51 mpg on the highway.
Toyota and Honda made seven of the 12 vehicles listed in the top 10. The new Toyota Camry Hybrid made its debut in the yearly rankings at No. 3, with 40 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. This is a very good news for Japanese automakers.
Six gasoline only vehicles were included in the top 10: manual and automatic versions of the Toyota Yaris, the manual version of the Honda Fit, the manual Toyota Corolla, and manual versions of the Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio.
Automakers said more fuel-efficient vehicles are available than ever before, driven by consumer demand, as prices of fuel are rising day by day.