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Vehicles with the lowest annual fuel cost

Motoring Research Logo By John Moroney of Motoring Research | Slide 1 of 19: Huge advances in engineering and materials science have led to huge advances in automotive efficiency. More energy is extracted from a drop of fuel than ever before, and that energy is used to its greatest advantage in cars that are lighter and more aerodynamic. Hybrid drive systems are now commonplace, and the batteries they use are smaller than previous generations, weigh less, and hold more charge. These are a few of the vehicles that maximize these advances for the lowest annual fuel cost; passenger cars, minivans, SUVs, and pickup trucks. The data is from the U.S. Department of Energy website, fueleconomy.gov, and assumes 15,000 annual miles and 45 percent highway/55 percent city driving. Current fuel prices are used, though they will vary by region: $2.44 for regular gasoline, and $2.60 for diesel. And, for obvious reasons, electric-only vehicles are not included in this list. Follow MSN Autos on Facebook & Twitter

Vehicles with the Lowest Annual Fuel Cost

Huge advances in engineering and materials science have led to huge advances in automotive efficiency. More energy is extracted from a drop of fuel than ever before, and that energy is used to its greatest advantage in cars that are lighter and more aerodynamic. Hybrid drive systems are now commonplace, and the batteries they use are smaller than previous generations, weigh less, and hold more charge.

These are a few of the vehicles that maximize these advances for the lowest annual fuel cost; passenger cars, minivans, SUVs, and pickup trucks. The data is from the U.S. Department of Energy website, fueleconomy.gov, and assumes 15,000 annual miles and 45 percent highway/55 percent city driving. Current fuel prices are used, though they will vary by region: $2.44 for regular gasoline, and $2.60 for diesel.

And, for obvious reasons, electric-only vehicles are not included in this list.

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