The Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy has released the Fuel Economy Guide for Model Year 2020.
The purpose of EPA’s fuel economy estimates is to provide a reliable basis for comparing vehicles. Most vehicles in this guide (other than plug-in hybrids) have three fuel economy estimates:
• A “city” estimate that represents urban driving, in which a vehicle is started in the morning (after being parked all night) and driven in stop-and-go traffic
• A “highway” estimate that represents a mixture of rural and interstate highway driving in a warmedup vehicle, typical of longer trips in free-flowing traffic
• A “combined” estimate that represents a combination of city driving (55%) and highway driving (45%)
Estimates for all vehicles are based on laboratory testing under standardized conditions to allow for fair comparisons. Flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs), which can use gasoline and E85, have estimates for both fuels. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) have estimates for (1) electric only or blended electric and gasoline operation and (2) gasoline-only operation. PHEVs are discussed in more detail on page 40. For answers to frequently asked questions about estimates, visit fueleconomy.gov.
Here listed below are vehicles with the highest fuel economy in the most popular classes. For each vehicle class, they list the most fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid (PHEV) or all-electric vehicle (EV) and the most fuel efficient conventional vehicle. Rankings are based on combined city and highway fuel economy estimates, which assume 55% city driving and 45% highway driving.
Note that many vehicle models come in a range of engine sizes and trim lines, resulting in different values. If there is only one vehicle in a class, a fuel economy
leader is not listed.
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