2012 Ford Focus: The all-new 2012 Ford Focus - pictured here against the Southern California backdrop of the all-media drive - raises the C-segment bar for style, technology, driving dynamics and fuel economy. (1/25/2011)
Nissan Leaf: 99 mpg combined, 106 city mpg, 92 higway mpg
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Chevrolet Volt: 60 mpg combined, 58 city mpg, 62 higway mpg
Toyota Prius: 50 mpg combined, 51 city mpg, 48 higway mpg
Toyota Prius V: 42 mpg combined, 44 city mpg, 40 higway mpg
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Honda CR-Z automatic/hybrid: 37 mpg combined, 35 city mpg, 39 higway mpg
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Honda Civic Hybrid: 44 mpg combined, 44 city mpg, 44 higway mpg
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Volkswagen Passat: 35 mpg combined, 31 city mpg, 43 higway mpg
Fiat 500: 33 mpg combined, 30 city mpg, 38 higway mpg
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Ford Escape Hybrid: 32 mpg combined, 34 city mpg, 31 higway mpg
Audi A3: 34 mpg combined, 30 city mpg, 42 higway mpg
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Hyundai Sonata: 28 mpg combined, 24 city mpg, 35 higway mpg
Volkswagen Jetta: 34 mpg combined, 30 city mpg, 42 higway mpg
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Volkswagen Golf: 34 mpg combined, 30 city mpg, 42 higway mpg
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Chevrolet Sonic Z: 33 mpg combined, 29 city mpg, 40 higway mpg
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Ford Fiesta: 33 mpg combined, 29 city mpg, 40 higway mpg
Scion iQ: 37 mpg combined, 36 city mpg, 37 higway mpg
Toyota Tacoma 2WD: 22 mpg combined, 21 city mpg, 25 higway mpg
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Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: 26 mpg combined, 24 city mpg, 31 higway mpg
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Bugatti Veyron won't make any list for the top fuel economy cars. This luxury car gets 10 combined mile per gallon.
Bentley Continental GTC has terrible fuel economy too. It gets 14 combined miles per gallon.
Aston Martin DBS also doesn't come close to the Toyota Prius or the Nissan Leaf. The Aston Martin DBS gets 13 combined miles per gallon.
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Aston Martin DB9 is a gas guzzler. It gets 13 combined miles per gallon.
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Rolls-Royce Phantom EWB gets a mere 14 combined miles per gallon.
Would you rather have a Corvette or Volt?
It may seem like an unfair matchup for the Volt, but in fact, it isn’t fair for the Corvette.
Sales for the electric car are outpacing the high performance sports car through the first five months of the year, according to Fox News. Chevrolet has sold 7,057 Volts and 5,547 Corvettes this year.
It’s the same story in May where 1,680 Volts were sold, compared with the 1,219 Corvettes.
Some of the disparity might be coming from the $18,000 difference between a Volt and Corvette. According to Chevrolet, Corvettes are priced at $49,600, compared with the Volt’s $31,645 price tag.
Of course, the sale numbers for the Volt are far off the 45,000 Volts that Chevrolet had hoped to sell in 2012, but Volt sales seem on pace to double the 7,761 sold in 2011.
Some of the success for the Volt in 2012 might be because of California.
Dealerships are struggling to keep the electric car on lots because of the high gasoline price and a special state incentive that allows the Volt to drive in high occupancy vehicle lanes.
Those factors have sparked a surge of Volt drivers in California. According to the Detroit Free Press, nearly 23 percent of all Volt registrations come from the Golden State.
The car’s demand is also apparent in dealerships.
“I’ve had more people talk to me in the last couple months about the Volt than I have in the last year,” Bill Cumming, a general manager California Chevrolet dealership, told the Detroit Free Press. “Currently, I have none in stock.”
So which one would you rather have?