27 Jul '11, 1pm

EPA Says Toyota Prius Hybrid No Longer 'Most Fuel-Efficient'

EPA Says Toyota Prius Hybrid No Longer 'Most Fuel-Efficient'

2011 Toyota Prius Enlarge Photo Ask Americans about fuel-efficient cars, and many will name the iconic Toyota Prius hybrid, with gas mileage rated by the EPA at a combined 50 miles per gallon. So you'd expect the EPA to rank the Prius as the best midsize car on its list of Most and Least Fuel Efficient Cars , right? It's not there. Instead, it's been displaced by the battery-electric 2011 Nissan Leaf , which doesn't use fuel at all. The EPA rates the Leaf electric car at a combined 99 MPGe, or equivalent miles per gallon. A footnote on the EPA site explains, "MPGe is miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent and represents the miles per amount of energy of a non-gasoline fuel that is equivalent to the amount of energy in a gallon of gasoline. For an EV or PHEV, 33.7 kilowatt-hours of electricity represents the same amount of energy as one gallon of gasoline." 2011 Nissan Lea...

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