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Hybrid Gas Mileage Ratings

While today’s hybrid gas mileage ratings may seem impressive when compared to the majority of conventional vehicles on the market, there’s still a long way to go. This unfulfilled dream is clearly evident when studying the historical chart of hybrid gas mileage. The earliest models of the Honda Insight set the bar remarkably high (regardless of the change in the EPA’s testing procedures implemented in 2007); so high that they remain to be equaled by a production vehicle today.

Viewing the statistics, it’s easy to understand how the Insight hybrid achieved those remarkable gas mileage results. Weighing in at under a ton, Honda’s little spaceship had a big head start, with a diminutive 1.0 liter three cylinder engine providing just enough oomph and efficiency to land the micro hybrid’s gas mileage in the stratosphere.

With the Insight put out to pasture after the 2006 model year, the Toyota Prius snatched the hybrid gas mileage crown, edging out the Honda Civic Hybrid.

The mid-decade loss of the Civic Hybrid’s manual transmission option is worth noting. With the ever-increasing focus on fuel-efficiency and a Honda sports hybrid on the way, it might not be the last we see of the stick-shift Honda hybrids.

The promise of the 100 mile per gallon (MPG) hybrid isn’t a dream … it’s achievable today, with an aftermarket plug-in hybrid conversion kit.

2000-2008 Hybrid Gas Mileage

Year Manufacturer Model Engine Disp. Fuel Trans. City Hwy
2008 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (L4) Auto 24 32
2008 Ford Escape Hybrid 4WD 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (AV) Auto 29 27
2008 Ford Escape Hybrid FWD 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (AV) Auto 34 30
2008 Honda Civic Hybrid 4 cylinder 1.3 liter R (AV) Auto 40 45
2008 Mazda Tribute Hybrid 2WD 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (AV) Auto 34 30
2008 Mazda Tribute Hybrid 4WD 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (AV) Auto 29 27
2008 Mercury Mariner Hybrid 4WD 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (AV) Auto 29 27
2008 Mercury Mariner Hybrid FWD 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (AV) Auto 34 30
2008 Nissan Altima Hybrid 4 cylinder 2.5 liter R (AV) Auto 35 33
2008 Saturn Aura Hybrid 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (L4) Auto 24 32
2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (AV) Auto 33 34
2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 4WD 6 cylinder 3.3 liter R (AV) Auto 27 25
2008 Toyota Prius 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (AV) Auto 48 45
2007 Chevrolet C15 Silverado Classic Hybrid 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 18 21
2007 Chevrolet K15 Silverado Classic Hybrid 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 17 19
2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 4WD 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (AV) Auto 32 29
2007 Ford Escape Hybrid FWD 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (AV) Auto 36 31
2007 GMC C15 Sierra Classic Hybrid 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 18 21
2007 GMC K15 Sierra Classic Hybrid 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 17 19
2007 Honda Accord Hybrid 6 cylinder 3.0 liter R (L5) Auto 28 35
2007 Honda Civic Hybrid 4 cylinder 1.3 liter R (AV) Auto 49 51
2007 Mercury Mariner Hybrid 4WD 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (AV) Auto 32 29
2007 Nissan Altima Hybrid 4 cylinder 2.5 liter R (AV) Auto 42 36
2007 Saturn Aura Hybrid 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (L4) Auto 28 35
2007 Saturn VUE Hybrid 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (L4) Auto 27 32
2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (AV) Auto 40 38
2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2WD 6 cylinder 3.3 liter R (AV) Auto 32 27
2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 4WD 6 cylinder 3.3 liter R (AV) Auto 31 27
2007 Toyota Prius 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (AV) Auto 60 51
2006 Chevrolet C15 Silverado Hybrid 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 18 21
2006 Chevrolet K15 Silverado Hybrid 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 17 19
2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 4WD 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (AV) Auto 33 29
2006 Ford Escape Hybrid FWD 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (AV) Auto 36 31
2006 GMC C15 Sierra Hybrid 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 18 21
2006 GMC K15 Sierra Hybrid 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 17 19
2006 Honda Civic Hybrid 4 cylinder 1.3 liter R (AV) Auto 49 51
2006 Honda Insight 3 cylinder 1.0 liter R (M5) Manual 60 66
2006 Honda Insight 3 cylinder 1.0 liter R (AV) Auto 57 56
2006 Mazda Tribute Hybrid 4WD 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (AV) Auto 33 29
2006 Mercury Mariner Hybrid 4WD 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (AV) Auto 33 29
2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2WD 6 cylinder 3.3 liter R (AV) Auto 33 28
2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 4WD 6 cylinder 3.3 liter R (AV) Auto 31 27
2006 Toyota Prius 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (AV) Auto 60 51
2005 Chevrolet C15 Silverado Hybrid 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 18 21
2005 Chevrolet K15 Silverado Hybrid 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 17 19
2005 GMC C15 Sierra Hybrid 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 18 21
2005 GMC K15 Sierra Hybrid 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 17 19
2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 4 cylinder 1.3 liter R (M5) Manual 46 51
2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 4 cylinder 1.3 liter R (M5) Manual 45 51
2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 4 cylinder 1.3 liter R (AV) Auto 48 47
2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 4 cylinder 1.3 liter R (AV) Auto 47 48
2005 Honda Insight 3 cylinder 1.0 liter R (AV) Auto 57 56
2005 Honda Insight 3 cylinder 1.0 liter R (M5) Manual 61 66
2005 Toyota Prius 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (AV) Auto 60 51
2004 Chevrolet C15 Silverado Hybrid 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 18 20
2004 Chevrolet K15 Silverado Hybrid 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 17 19
2004 GMC C15 Sierra Hybrid 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 18 20
2004 GMC K15 Sierra Hybrid 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 17 19
2004 Honda Civic Hybrid 4 cylinder 1.3 liter R (AV) Auto 47 48
2004 Honda Civic Hybrid 4 cylinder 1.3 liter R (AV) Auto 48 47
2004 Honda Civic Hybrid 4 cylinder 1.3 liter R (M5) Manual 45 51
2004 Honda Civic Hybrid 4 cylinder 1.3 liter R (M5) Manual 46 51
2004 Honda Insight 3 cylinder 1.0 liter R (AV) Auto 57 56
2004 Honda Insight 3 cylinder 1.0 liter R (M5) Manual 60 66
2004 Toyota Prius 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (AV) Auto 60 51
2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 4 cylinder 1.3 liter R (AV) Auto 48 47
2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 4 cylinder 1.3 liter R (M5) Manual 46 51
2003 Honda Insight 3 cylinder 1.0 liter R (M5) Manual 61 68
2003 Honda Insight 3 cylinder 1.0 liter R (AV) Auto 57 56
2003 Toyota Prius 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (AV) Auto 52 45
2002 Honda Insight 3 cylinder 1.0 liter R (AV) Auto 57 56
2002 Honda Insight 3 cylinder 1.0 liter R (M5) Manual 61 68
2002 Toyota Prius 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (AV) Auto 52 45
2001 Honda Insight 3 cylinder 1.0 liter R (M5) Manual 61 68
2001 Toyota Prius 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (AV) Auto 52 45
2000 Honda Insight 3 cylinder 1.0 liter R (M5) Manual 61 70

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2 comments ↓

#1 Loy on 08.21.08 at 7:16 am

So far, I am underwhelmed by the hybrid cars that everyone is drooling over. The MOST efficient is just now up to the Datsun 1200 (cc) that I was running around in for years in the early 80’s, and it had 4 cylinders, and was as frisky as any sane person could want, even loaded down with much more stuff than any little car should have to bare.

I understand that this is just the beginning for hybrids, and we can expect them to improve, but it seems that if designers/engineers started with the most efficient devices, and hybridized incorporating them, they should already be doing a lot better that a dated 66 mph!

(Please excuse the caps; they’re the only way to emphasize in this program, or so it seems.)

#2 Daniel on 09.28.09 at 7:56 pm

Ditto to Loy! My 1987 Mazda B2200 Diesel (which can run on vegi oil also) gets 30’s city and 40’s mpg highway. It is heavy and build like a truck and also has cargo and towing capacity. No a/c, but wing windows and cab-to-cap windows makes great flow, just not quite.

Also my 1983 Nissan sentra hatch got 29/42, the rear seats folded flat and I could sleep in back (I’m short) it too had rear windows that you could open from the center seat console that would give you air flow from dash back. Never should of got rid of her, built sturdy and handled well.

Now how about a cash rebate/deduction for passing on high mpg cars to lower income families? Why not pass the benefits to others and also help us that HAVE BEEN doing the responsible thing! I’d love to get into a diesel (bio/vegi please) hybrid, but even those aren’t available yet here in America???

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