WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) have released the 2011 Fuel Economy Guide, which provides information about estimated mileage and fuel costs for 2011 model-year vehicles. Selecting a more fuel-efficient vehicle in a class will help save fuel costs and reduce carbon pollution.
The 2011 Fuel Economy Guide can help easily identify the most fuel-efficient vehicles to suit a variety of needs. Overall, the best fuel economy performers are hybrids, but the 2011 fuel economy leaders also include fuel-efficient clean diesels as well as gasoline models, according to the EPA.
Each vehicle listing in the guide provides an estimated annual fuel cost. The estimate is calculated based on the vehicle's miles per gallon (mpg) rating and national estimates for annual mileage and fuel prices. An online version of the guide is also available, which offers the ability to determine personalized fuel cost estimates based on local gasoline prices and typical driving habits.
For the first time, the guide includes medium-duty passenger vehicles - generally large sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and passenger vans that were not previously subject to fuel economy measurement and labeling requirements, according to the EPA statement.
EPA and DOE will provide additional fuel economy information online as more 2011 vehicles, including electric and plug-in hybrid cars, become available.
In addition to being available on the EPA/DOE Web site and in automobile dealer showrooms, the Fuel Economy Guide is also readily accessible from many mobile devices (fueleconomy.gov/m).
More information, including a complete version of the guide is available at www.fueleconomy.gov.
View the 2011 fuel economy leaders within each class and the lowest fuel economy models.
Originally posted on Automotive Fleet