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Top 10 fuel sippers of 2011

We round up the most fuel-efficient hybrid and nonhybrid cars of 2011.

<p><b>EPA combined estimate:</b> 42 mpg</p> <p>Lexus' newest and most efficient new vehicle is a little hatchback powered by Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive. The CT 200h features a sporty image that's aimed squarely at the Audi A3 TDI. It may not be as much of a hoot to drive, but around town the Lexus is decidedly more efficient.</p> <p><a href="">Take a video look at the Lexus CT 200h.</a></p>
The Lexus CT 200h makes the cut on our round up of the most fuel efficient new vehicles.
The Lexus CT 200h makes the cut on our roundup of the most fuel-efficient new vehicles. CNET

Many of you come to Car Tech looking for high-tech cars with Bluetooth connectivity, GPS navigation, and high-tech infotainment systems with audiophile-quality stereo systems. Some of you are just looking for the most fuel-efficient vehicle possible. For the latter group, we've rounded up 10 of the most fuel-efficient vehicles on the road today. What's most interesting is that, particularly with the hybrids, the most fuel-efficient vehicles are often also among the most high tech.

To keep things simple, we've set a few rules for this throwdown. First, we're separating hybrids and conventional vehicles into separate categories--otherwise, we'd only be looking at the Top 10 hybrids. We're also using EPA-estimated combined fuel economy for the most recent model year as our metric to keep things fair. Additionally, only cars that use an internal combustion engine are included (sorry, Nissan Leaf) and we're restricting the list to those that are available for purchase today (sorry, plug-in Prius). Finally, we've also restricted our lists to new cars. (We understand that your 1980s Rabbit/Civic/Metro averages 40 mpg and we agree that it's a sweet ride, but you won't find it on these lists.)

Feel free to share your experiences with these 10 fuel sippers and your mpg anecdotes in the comments below.

Update: It was pointed out that we missed the new 2011 Lexus CT 200h in our hybrid roundup, so we've gone back and added it. Unfortunately, that means that the Lexus HS 250h gets bumped to number 6 and no longer makes the Top 5 cut.