Fuel Economy Leaders: 2010 Model Year image

Toyota Motor Corp’s 2010 hybrid Prius leads the industry in fuel economy at 48 miles per gallon/city and 51 mpg/highway, while Ford Motor Co boasts four vehicles on a U.S. government list released on Thursday of the most-efficient models.

Japanese manufacturers again dominated the annual rankings issued by the Environmental Protection Agency, placing eight gasoline/electric hybrid models in the Top 10.

Ford’s top hybrid performers include the Fusion sedan and Escape small SUV as well as the Milan midsize sedan and Mariner SUV models sold under the Mercury brand. The Fusion and Milan share a common engineering platform as do the Escape and Mariner.

Toyota and its Lexus luxury brand placed four vehicles in the top group, while the Honda Motor Co Civic and Insight hybrids also made the list.

Rank Manufacturer/Model MPG
1 Toyota Prius (hybrid) 51/48
2 Ford Fusion Hybrid FWD
Mercury Milan Hybrid FWD
3 Honda Civic Hybrid 40/45
4 Honda Insight (hybrid) 40/43
5 Lexus HS250h (hybrid) 35/34
6 Nissan Altima Hybrid 35/33
7 Ford Escape Hybrid FWD
Mazda Tribute Hybrid 2WD
Mercury Mariner Hybrid FWD
8 Smart fortwo Cabriolet (automatic)
Smart fortwo Coupe (automatic)
9 Toyota Camry Hybrid 33/34
10 Lexus RX450h (hybrid, 2WD) 32/28

Source: EPA.gov