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September 2007
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Real-world EPA testing? Not always

Hybrids still have higher EPA city cyle results than what Consumer Reports found in testing, although the EPA numbers have certainly dropped. For example, the Toyota Prius was originally rated at 60 mpg in the EPA city cyle, but will now be rated at 48 mpg. That is more realistic, but in our testing we returned 35 mpg in the city cyle.

The chart below compares the old and new EPA fuel-economy results for the city and highway cyles, as well as the overall figure, with the city, highway, and overall figures that Consumer Reports returned in our real-world fuel economy tests.

The results below show that while the new EPA figures are a downward adjustment and not as high as before, in many cases their numbers are still optimistic in comparison to the results from the Consumer Reports real-world fuel economy tests.

Hybrids still have higher EPA city cyle results than what Consumer Reports found in testing, although the EPA numbers have certainly dropped. For example, the Toyota Prius was originally rated at 60 mpg in the EPA city cyle, but will now be rated at 48 mpg. That is more realistic, but in our testing we returned 35 mpg in the city cyle.

2006 Chevrolet Avalanche (4wd)
Engine: 5.3L V8 Transmission: Automatic
Old EPA City: 14 Old EPA Hwy: 18 Old EPA overall: 16
New EPA city: 13 New EPA Hwy: 17 New EPA overall: 14
CR City: 9 CR Hwy: 20 CR Overall: 13
2006 Honda Civic
Engine: 1.8L 4-cyl. Transmission: Automatic
Old EPA City: 30 Old EPA Hwy: 40 Old EPA overall: 34
New EPA city: 26 New EPA Hwy: 36 New EPA overall: 30
CR City: 18 CR Hwy: 43 CR Overall: 28
2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Engine: 4.7L V8 Transmission: Automatic
Old EPA City: 15 Old EPA Hwy: 20 Old EPA overall: 17
New EPA city: 14 New EPA Hwy: 19 New EPA overall: 15
CR City: 9 CR Hwy: 21 CR Overall: 14
2006 Hyundai Sonata
Engine: 2.4L 4-cyl. Transmission: Automatic
Old EPA City: 24 Old EPA Hwy: 33 Old EPA overall: 27
New EPA city: 21 New EPA Hwy: 30 New EPA overall: 24
CR City: 15 CR Hwy: 33 CR Overall: 23
2006 Ford Explorer (4wd)
Engine: 4.0L V6 Transmission: Automatic
Old EPA City: 15 Old EPA Hwy: 20 Old EPA overall: 17
New EPA city: 13 New EPA Hwy: 19 New EPA overall: 15
CR City: 10 CR Hwy: 22 CR Overall: 15
2005 Honda Odyssey
Engine: 3.5L V6 Transmission: Automatic
Old EPA City: 20 Old EPA Hwy: 28 Old EPA overall: 23
New EPA city: 17 New EPA Hwy: 26 New EPA overall: 20
CR City: 12 CR Hwy: 28 CR Overall: 19
2006 Scion tC
Engine: 2.4L 4-cyl. Transmission: Manual
Old EPA City: 22 Old EPA Hwy: 29 Old EPA overall: 25
New EPA city: 19 New EPA Hwy: 27 New EPA overall: 22
CR City: 19 CR Hwy: 33 CR Overall: 26
2004 Toyota Prius hybrid
Engine: 1.5L 4-cyl. Transmission: Automatic
Old EPA City: 60 Old EPA Hwy: 51 Old EPA overall: 55
New EPA city: 48 New EPA Hwy: 45 New EPA overall: 46
CR City: 35 CR Hwy: 50 CR Overall: 44
2006 Chevrolet Impala
Engine: 3.9L V6 Transmission: Automatic
Old EPA City: 19 Old EPA Hwy: 27 Old EPA overall: 22
New EPA city: 17 New EPA Hwy: 25 New EPA overall: 20
CR City: 13 CR Hwy: 29 CR Overall: 20
2005 Ford Five Hundred (FWD)
Engine: 3.0L V6 Transmission: Automatic
Old EPA City: 21 Old EPA Hwy: 29 Old EPA overall: 24
New EPA city: 19 New EPA Hwy: 26 New EPA overall: 21
CR City: 14 CR Hwy: 31 CR Overall: 21
Kia Rio 5
Engine: 1.6L 4-cyl. Transmission: Manual
Old EPA City: 32 Old EPA Hwy: 35 Old EPA overall: 33
New EPA city: 27 New EPA Hwy: 32 New EPA overall: 29
CR City: 23 CR Hwy: 36 CR Overall: 30
2006 Toyota Camry
Engine: 2.4L 4-cyl. Transmission: Automatic
Old EPA City: 24 Old EPA Hwy: 34 Old EPA overall: 28
New EPA city: 21 New EPA Hwy: 31 New EPA overall: 25
CR City: 16 CR Hwy: 36 CR Overall: 24
2005 Ford Escape hybrid (4WD)
Engine: 2.3L Transmission: Automatic
Old EPA City: 33 Old EPA Hwy: 29 Old EPA overall: 31
New EPA city: 28 New EPA Hwy: 26 New EPA overall: 27
CR City: 22 CR Hwy: 29 CR Overall: 26
2007 Nissan Altima
Engine: 2.5L 4-cyl. Transmission: Automatic
Old EPA City: 26 Old EPA Hwy: 34 Old EPA overall: 29
New EPA city: 23 New EPA Hwy: 31 New EPA overall: 26
CR City: 18 CR Hwy: 33 CR Overall: 25
2005 Honda Accord hybrid
Engine: 3.0L V6 Transmission: Automatic
Old EPA City: 29 Old EPA Hwy: 37 Old EPA overall: 32
New EPA city: 25 New EPA Hwy: 33 New EPA overall: 28
CR City: 18 CR Hwy: 33 CR Overall: 25
2006 Toyota Rav 4
Engine: 2.4L 4-cyl. Transmission: Automatic
Old EPA City: 23 Old EPA Hwy: 28 Old EPA overall: 25
New EPA city: 20 New EPA Hwy: 25 New EPA overall: 22
CR City: 17 CR Hwy: 29 CR Overall: 23
2007 Toyota Sienna (FWD)
Engine: 3.5L V6 Transmission: Automatic
Old EPA City: 19 Old EPA Hwy: 26 Old EPA overall: 22
New EPA city: 17 New EPA Hwy: 24 New EPA overall: 19
CR City: 13 CR Hwy: 28 CR Overall: 19
2006 Chevrolet Corvette
Engine: 6.0L V8 Transmission: Manual
Old EPA City: 18 Old EPA Hwy: 28 Old EPA overall: 21
New EPA city: 16 New EPA Hwy: 26 New EPA overall: 19
CR City: 14 CR Hwy: 31 CR Overall: 21