According to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report, the national average for regular unleaded is currently $3.65 a gallon, up more than $.80 cents a gallon from one year ago. The annual fuel cost takes into account the price of gas, whether it’s regular unleaded, premium unleaded or diesel, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) combined fuel economy and 15,000 miles driven. The list only looked at models currently available for sale that have a four-person seating capacity or higher and did not include pure electric vehicles because there is no cost associated with filling up a tank. All vehicles listed are the lowest priced configuration with an automatic transmission.
The 2011 Chevrolet Aveo tops a list that represents ten different brands of 2011 and 2012 models currently available on the market. All vehicles listed have a TrueCar.com Average Price between $13,685 and $17,000 and have a combined mpg between 28 and 33 with a resulting Fuel Cost per year between $1,654 and $1,971.
|Rank||Year||Make||Model||Trim||MSRP||TrueCar Average Price*****||EPA Combined MPG||Annual Fuel Cost**||Value Rating*|
|1||2011||Chevrolet||Aveo||4dr Sedan LT w/1LT ***||$15,785||$14,579||28.4||$1,929||7.6|
|2||2011||Hyundai||Accent||3dr HB Auto GS||$14,445||$13,811||30.4||$1,800||7.7|
|3||2011||Toyota||Yaris||3dr LB Auto||$14,165||$13,685||31.4||$1,742||7.9|
|4||2011||Kia||Rio||4dr Sedan LX||$15,690||$14,394||30.4||$1,800||8.0|
|5||2011||Mazda||MAZDA2||4dr HB Auto Sport||$15,775||$15,448||29.4||$1,862||8.3|
|6||2011||Toyota||Corolla||4dr Sedan Auto||$17,160||$16,010||29.1||$1,883||8.5|
|8||2011||Nissan||Versa||5dr HB I4 CVT 1.8SL||$17,700||$15,913||30.4||$1,800||8.8|
|9||2011||Honda||Fit||5dr HB Auto||$16,650||$15,780||30.8||$1,779||8.9|
|10||2011||Ford||Fiesta HB SFE||HB SE SFE Automatic||$17,285||$16,445||33.1||$1,654||9.9|
“Now more than ever, consumers are considering the fuel-efficiency of a vehicle when making car buying decisions,” said Jesse Toprak, Vice President of Industry Trends and Insights at TrueCar.com. “With increased fuel prices and no relief in sight during the coming summer months, consumers want to know what vehicle provides the best value.”
*The value ratings for this particular study were devised by dividing the average price paid by the fuel costs per year for each vehicle (as of 4/03/11). The fuel costs per year take into account the type of fuel recommended by each manufacturer.
**Cost of fuel for the number of gallons used per 15,000 miles driven at $3.65 for unleaded fuel; $3.91 for premium unleaded fuel; $3.98 for diesel fuel
***4dr Sedan LT w/1LT with Automatic Transmission added
****Pop with Automatic Transmission added, Premium fuel required
*****TrueCar.com Average Price is the national average transaction price and includes all applicable manufacturer incentives available as of 4/03/11. Local prices may vary.
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