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2008 Preferred Purchases List

Fleet Fuel Standards

The following lists have been compiled by UConn's Office of Environmental Policy based on available vehicles from the University's contracted vendors, as well as according to Connecticut Legislation passed in 2007 under PA-242. This Public Act requires that state vehicle purchases to be in the top third of their class for city-based gas mileage and that fifty per cent of these shall be an alternative fueled, hybrid electric or plug-in electric vehicle.

The list of preferred vehicles was determined by using estimates of EPA fuel economy (city mpg) and emission standards. The Office of Environmental Policy has highlighted its recommended choice for each class based on evaluation of all criteria.

The list of preferred vehicles was determined by using estimates of EPA fuel economy (city mpg) and emission standards.

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Subcompact Cars (top third = 20+ mpg)

Make Model City mpg Highway mpg EPA Air Score* EPA GHG Score** GHG Emissions
(tons/yr)
Honda Civic Manual 1.8L 26 34 7 8 6.3
Chevy Cobalt XFE 25 36 7 8 6.3
Honda Civic Auto 25 36 7 8 6.3
Chevy Aveo 5 Manual 24 34 6 8 6.8
Chevy Cobalt Manual (2.2L) 24 33 6 8 6.8
Honda Civic CNG 24 36 9.5 9 5.4
Chevy Aveo 5 Auto 23 32 6 8 7.1
Nissan Altima Coup Auto (2.5L) 23 31 7 8 7.1
Nissan Altima Manua(2.5L) 23 32 7 8 7.1
Chevy Cobalt Manual (2L) 22 30 6 7 7.3
Chevy Cobalt Auto (2.2L) 22 31 7 8 7.1
Chevy Cobalt Auto (2.4L) 22 31 6 8 7.3
Chevy Cobal Manual (2.4L) 22 32 6 8 7.1
Honda Civic Manual 2.0L 21 29 6 7 7.7

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Compact Cars (top third = 21+ mpg)

Make Model City mpg Highway mpg EPA Air Score* EPA GHG Score** GHG Emissions
(tons/yr)
Honda Civic Hybrid 40 45 9.5 10 4.4
Chevy Aveo Manual 24 34 7 8 6.8
Ford Focus Auto 24 33 7 8 6 .6
Ford Focus Manual 24 35 7 8 6.6
Chevy Aveo Auto 23 32 7 8 7.1
Honda Accord Coupe Manual (2.4L) 22 31 7 9 7.3
Honda Accord Coupe Auto (2.4L) 21 30 7 8 7.7

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Midsize Cars (top third = 21+ mpg)

Make Model City mpg Highway mpg EPA Air Score* EPA GHG Score** GHG Emissions
(tons/yr)
Nissan Alitma Hybrid 35 33 9.5 9 5.4
Nissan Versa AV (1.8L) 27 33 7 8 6.3
Nissan Versa Manual 26 31 7 8 6.6
Nissan Sentra Auto (2.0L) 25 33 7 8 6.6
Chevy Malibu Hybrid 24 32 6 7 6.8
Dodge Caliber Manual (1.8L) 24 29 5 6 7.1
Nissan Sentra Manual (2.0L) 24 31 7 8 6.8
Nissan Sentra Auto (2.5L) 24 30 6 7 7.1
Nissan Versa Auto (1.8L) 24 32 7 8 6.8
Dodge Caliber Auto (2.0L) 23 27 6 7 7.7
Dodge Caliber manual (2.4L) 23 29 7 7 7.3
Nissan Altima Auto (2.5L) 23 31 6 8 7.1
Nissan Altima Manual (2.5L) 23 32 7 8 7.1
Chevy Malibu Automatic (S6) (2.4L) 22 32 6 7 6.8
Chevy Malibu Auto (2.4L) 22 30 7 6 7.3
Chevy Classic (2.2L) 21 31 6 7 7.3
Dodge Avenger (2.4L) 21 30 7 7 7.7
Dodge Caliber Auto (2.4) 21 25 6 7 8
Dodge Caliber AWD 21 24 6 7 8.3
Nissan Sentra Manual (2.5L) 21 29 6 7 7.7

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Large Cars (top third = 18+ mpg)

Make Model City mpg Highway mpg EPA Air Score* EPA GHG Score** GHG Emissions
(tons/yr)
Honda Accord Manual (2.4L) 22 31 7 7 7.3
Honda Accord Auto (2.4L) 21 31 7 7 7.7
Honda Accord Auto (3.5L) 19 29 7 6 8.3
Chevy Impala Auto (3.5L) 18 29 9.5 6 8.3
Chevy  Impala FFV natural gas (3.5L) 18 29 6 8 8.3
Chevy Impala FFV natural gas (3.9L) 18 28 6 6 8.7
Dodge Charger Auto (2.7L) 18 26 6 6 8.7
Ford Taurus FWD 18 28 9.5 7 8.3
Mercury Sable FWD 18 28 9.5 6 8.3

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Wagons (top third = 27+ mpg)

Make Model City mpg Highway mpg EPA Air Score* EPA GHG Score** GHG Emissions
(tons/yr)
Honda Fit Manual 28 34 6 8 5.9
Honda Fit Auto 27 34 6 9 6.1
Honda Fit A-S5 27 33 6 8 6.3

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2WD Trucks (top third = 16+ mpg)

Make Model City mpg Highway mpg EPA Air Score* EPA GHG Score** GHG Emissions
(tons/yr)
Ford Ranger Pickup 2WD Manual (2.3L) 21 26 7 6 8
Ford Ranger Pickup 2WD Auto (2.3L) 19 24 7 6 8.7
Nissan Frontier 2WD Manual (2.5L) 19 23 7 6 8.7
Chevy Colorado Auto (2.9L) 18 24 7 6 9.2
Chevy Colorado Manual (2.9L) 18 24 7 5 9.2
Chevy Colorado Crew Cab 2WD Auto (2.9L) 18 24 7 6 9.2
Chevy Colorado Crew Cab 2WD Manual (2.9L) 18 24 7 6 9.2
GMC Canyon 2WD Auto 2.9L 18 24 7 6 9.2
GMC Canyon 2WD Manual (2.9L) 18 24 7 5 9.2
GMC Canyon Crew Cab 2WD Auto (2.9L) 18 24 7 6 9.2
GMC Canyon Crew Cab 2WD Manual (2.9L) 18 24 7 6 9.2
Nissan Frontier 2WD Auto (2.5L) 17 22 7 5 9.6
Chevy Colorado Auto 3.7L 16 22 7 5 10.2
Chevy Colorado Crew Cab 2WD Auto (3.7L) 16 22 7 5 10.2
Dodge Dakota Pickup 2WD Manual (3.7L) 16 20 6 5 10.2
Dodge Ram 1500 Pickup 2WD Manual (3.7L) 16 19 6 4 10.8
Ford Ranger Pickup 2WD Manual (3.0L) 16 22 7 5 10.2
GMC Canyon 2WD Auto (3.7L) 16 22 7 5 10.2
GMC Canyon Crew Cab 2WD Auto (3.7L) 16 22 7 5 10.2
Nissan Frontier 2WD Manual (4.0L) 16 20 7 4 10.8

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4WD Trucks (top third = 15+ mpg)

Make Model City mpg Highway mpg EPA Air Score* EPA GHG Score** GHG Emissions
(tons/yr)
Chevy Colorado 4WD Auto (2.9L) 17 22 7 5 9.6
GMC Canyon 4WD Auto (2.9L) 17 22 7 5 9.6
Chevy Colorado 4WD Manual (2.9L) 16 22 7 5 10.2
GMC Canyon 4WD Manual (2.9L) 16 22 7 5 10.2
Chevy Colorado 4WD Auto (3.7L) 15 21 7 4 10.8
Chevy Colorado Cab Chassis inc 4WD 15 20 7 4 10.8
Chevy Colorado Crew Cab 4WD 15 20 7 4 10.8
Dodge Dakota Pickup 4WD Manual (3.7L) 15 19 6 4 11.4
Ford Ranger Pickup 4WD Manual (3L) 15 20 7 4 10.8
Ford Ranger Pickup 4WD Manual (4L) 15 19 6 4 11.4
GMC Canyon 4WD Auto (3.7L) 15 21 7 4 10.8
GMC Canyon Cab Chassis Inc 4WD 15 20 7 4 10.8
GMC Canyon Crew Cab 4WD 15 20 7 4 10.8
Honda Ridgeline Truck 4WD 15 20 7 4 10.8
Nissan Frontier Manual 15 19 7 4 10.8

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2WD SUVs (top third = 18+ mpg)

Make Model City mpg Highway mpg EPA Air Score* EPA GHG Score** GHG Emissions
(tons/yr)
Ford Escape Hybrid FWD 34 30 9.5 9 5.7
Mercury Marnier Hybrid FWD 34 30 9.5 9 5.7
Chevy HHR FWD Auto (2.2L) 22 30 7 7 7.3
Chevy HHR FWD Auto (2.4L) 22 28 7 7 7.7
Chevy HHR Panel FWD Auto (2.2L) 22 30 7 7 7.3
Chevy HHR Panel FWD Auto (2.4L) 22 28 7 7 7.7
Ford Escape FWD Manual (2.3L) 22 28 7 7 7.7
Nissan Rogue FWD 22 27 6 7 7.7
Chevy HHR FWD Manual (2.0L) 21 29 6 7 7.7
Chevy HHR FWD Manual (2.2L) 21 30 7 7 7.7
Chevy Tahoe 1500 Hybrid 2WD 8cyl 21 22 6 6 8.7
GMC Yukon 1500 Hybrid 2WD 21 22 6 6 8.7
Chevy HHR FWD Manual (2.4L) 20 28 7 7 8
Chevy HHR Panel FWD Manual 2.2L 20 30 7 7 7.7
Chevy HHR Panel FWD Manual (2.4L) 20 29 7 7 8
Ford Escape FWD Auto (2.3L) 20 26 6 6 8.3
Honda CR-V 2WD 20 27 7 7 8
Honda Element 2WD Automatic 20 25 6 6 8.3
Chevy HHR FWD Auto (2.0L) 19 28 6 6 8.3
Mercury Marnier FWD (2.3L) 19 24 6 6 8.7

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4WD SUVs (top third = 18+ mpg)

Make Model City mpg Highway mpg EPA Air Score* EPA GHG Score** GHG Emissions
(tons/yr)
Ford Escape Hybrid 4WD 29 27 9.5 8 6.6
Mercury Marnier Hybrid 4WD 29 27 9.5 8 6.6
Nissan Rogue AWD 21 26 6 7 8
Chevy Tahoe 1500 Hybrid 4WD 20 20 6 6 9.2
GMC Yukon 1500 Hybrid 4WD 20 20 6 6 9.2
Honda CR-V 4WD 20 26 7 6 8.3
Ford Escape 4WD Auto 2.3L 19 24 6 6 8.7
Honda Element 4WD Auto 19 24 6 6 8.7
Mercury Mariner 4WD Auto 2.3L 19 24 6 6 8.7
Honda Element 4WD Manual 18 23 6 6 9.2

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