WASHINGTON -- U.S. automakers failed to make it into the government's list for producing the 10 most fuel-efficient vehicles for the 2005 model year, as Honda Motor Co.'s Insight was ranked No. 1.
The Energy Department and Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday released their annual fuel economy rankings as the price for U.S. oil hit a record $53 a barrel and average gasoline costs again approached $2 a gallon.
With an estimated 61 mpg in the city, the hybrid Insight led the government's list of fuel-efficient vehicles for the new model year.
Debuting at 12th in overall mileage this year is the Ford Escape hybrid two-wheel-drive SUV, which at 36 mpg in the city also leads the SUV class.
The Ford Escape joins the Honda Insight, Civic Hybrid and Toyota Prius in the hybrid market. In addition to being fuel efficient, hybrids are among the cleanest running vehicles available.
Trucks more than 8,500 pounds are exempt from federal fuel economy requirements.