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Don't use these cars and 'gas guzzler' in the same sentence

With the price of gasoline at the pump on the way back up and the peak driving season just around the curve, many Americans are again thinking in terms of fuel economy. And in the auto industry's economy race, two cars are far ahead of the rest of the pack, according to ratings compiled by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. They are the two-seat, three-cylinder Honda Insight and the Toyota Prius, a midsize, four-cylinder gas/electric hybrid. The Insight narrowly gets the nod with - now don't be envious - 61 miles per gallon in city driving and 66 on the highway. The Prius does almost as well, at 60 and 51, respectively. The vehicles that rank highest, by type, with miles per gallon in start-and-stop city traffic:
Passenger cars:
Two-seater: Honda Insight, 61
Minicompact: MINI Cooper, 28
Subcompact: VW New Beetle (diesel), 38
Compact: Honda Civic Hybrid, 48
Midsize: Toyota Prius Hybrid, 60
Large sedan: Toyota Avalon, 22


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