The EPA's Ten Most-Efficient Vehicles Since 1984

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
the epa s ten most efficient vehicles since 1984
  1. 2000 Honda Insight 5MT CVT (49/61/53)
  2. 2010 Toyota Prius (51/48/50)
  3. 1986 Chevrolet Sprint ER 5MT (44/53/48)
  4. 1990-1994 Geo Metro XFI 5MT (43/52/47)
  5. 1986-87 Honda Civic Coupe HF 5MT (42/51/46)
  6. 1994-95 Honda Civic Hatchback VX 5MT (39/50/43)
  7. 2006-2010 Honda Civic Hybrid CVT (40/45/42)
  8. 2010 Honda Insight CVT (40/43/41)
  9. 2001-2003 Toyota Prius CVT (42/41/40)
  10. 1989 Chevrolet Sprint/Suzuki Swift 5MT (38/45/41)

Keep in mind that this list [via our pals at Autosavant] is for EPA ratings, adjusted to the new post-2008 methodology (city/hwy/combined). Luckily, the EPA also accepts real-world mileage submissions from citizen-motorists to help illustrate the whole “your mileage may vary” thing. That list is after the jump.

  1. 2004-2006 Honda Insight 5MT (70.4/52)
  2. 2010 Honda Insight CVT (49.7/41)
  3. 1990-1994 Geo Metro XFI 5MT (49.4/46)
  4. 2010 Toyota Prius CVT (48.6/50)
  5. 1999 Chevrolet Metro 3 Cylinder 5MT (48.4/37)
  6. 2002-2003 Volkswagen Jetta Wagon TDI 5MT (48.2/39)
  7. 2003-2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 5MT (47.8/41)
  8. 1994-95 Honda Civic Hatchback VX 5MT (47.6/43)
  9. 2000-2003 Volkswagen Golf TDI 5MT (47.0/38)
  10. 1998-2003 Volkswagen New Beetle TDI 5MT (46.2/38)
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  • Nick Nick on Jun 09, 2010

    I am amazed at the number of Insights I still see booting around Toronto. I know they aren't the same care as each owner seems to have picked a different colour in the Honda palette or they have other distinguishing characteristics. I my day to day activities I see probably at least half a dozen around. Considering their sales were limited and they've been out of production for ten years, that's pretty impressive.

  • Bumpy ii Bumpy ii on Jun 09, 2010

    In the back of my mind, I have the idea that a 1st-gen SDI drivetrain in a 1st-gen Inisght body would be highway mileage Jesus.

  • Chris Haak Chris Haak on Jun 09, 2010

    Thanks for the link love, Herr Niedermeyer!

  • Rallyhybrid Rallyhybrid on Jun 17, 2010

    We are responsible for the Rally Honda Insight CVT in the picture. The car has won 2 Formula 1000 rally championships since 2005 and has won a fuel economy competition scoring 81.4 mpg and beating the second place car, a Renault Clio Diesel by 17mpg!!! Interesting that the CVT is much faster in a rally Insight than the 5MT. Using such a quirky hybrid eco-car to beat conventional rally cars is real fun and constantly amazes people but we have done some clever mods to the hybrid to get more power. ( and even better fuel economy) more info on