01. 2012 Toyota Prius = 50 MPG
The 2012 Toyota Prius is now in its third generation as a vehicle here in America. The Prius Hybrid has been the leader in fuel economy for over a decade and every year the Prius gets better and better. With a combined fuel economy rating of 50 MPG, the 2012 Toyota Prius quickly and silently pulls away from its competition. Toyota increased the displacement to 1.8 liters (up from 1.5 liters second generation). The larger engine creates more torque which ultimately lowers the RPM’s need to get the car up to speed. Besides the updated engine; the Prius drag coefficient was lowered (0.25) and the accessories now are electrically driven instead of belt driven. The 2012 Toyota Prius gets 51 MPG in the City thanks to the electric motor and 48 MPG on the Highway.