Several DogCars earn spots on top mpg list

October 21, 2009 at 8:40 pm Leave a comment

PC_2010_RX_450hThe Environmental Protection Agency recently came out with its fuel economy guide for 2010 vehicles, and it’s no surprise that hybrids dominate the top spots.

And while many of these hybrids – like the mileage-leading Toyota Prius – don’t necessarily qualify as great DogCars, there are some on the list that do. The Ford hybrid triplets of the Ford Escape, Mazda Tribute and Mercury Mariner hybrids all rate multiple paws in reviews on, our website that puts dog-lovers in the driver’s seat when shopping for a new canine carrier.

Here’s a sampling of the report from Edmunds:

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency has issued its annual Fuel Economy Guide to 2010 models, and hybrids — not too surprisingly — are dominant on the leader board. Nine of the top 10 fuel-sippers, in fact, are hybrids, led by the Toyota Prius’ 51 miles per gallon in town and 48 on the highway.

Rounding out the top five are the Ford Fusion/Mercury Milan Hybrid at 41/36 mpg (FWD model), the Honda Civic Hybrid (40/45), the Honda Insight Hybrid (40/43) and the Lexus HS 250h (35/34).

The remaining five on the best-fuel-economy top 10 are the Nissan Altima Hybrid (35/33), Ford Escape, Mazda Tribute and Mercury Mariner 2WD hybrids (34/31), the traditionally powered Smart Fortwo Cabriolet and Coupe with automatic transmission (33/41), Toyota Camry Hybrid (33/34) and Lexus RX 450h 2WD at 32/28 mpg.

Here’s the list of the top 10 fuel misers.

As it happens, reviewer Kim Campbell-Thornton recently tested the Lexus RX450h hybrid, which cracked the Top 10 list at 32/28 mpg, and not only found it to be ribbon-winner in the fuel-savings class, but a decent DogCar as well.

Here’s her review.

On the other side of the fuel spectrum – but still worthy of DogCar consideration — is the Infiniti QX56, a conventionally powered sport utility vehicle that is high on luxury and low on mpg.  Read our review here.

Check out these and the paw ratings of many other vehicles at

Pictured: The 2009 Lexus RX450h hybrid.…

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