The Hot List: Which Cars Already Meet CAFE's Future Standards?

By Blake Z. Rong | October 18, 2012
The inevitable steamroller of progress known as CAFE is trudging towards us: by 2025, the average fuel efficiency of a car company's entire range will be 54.5 miles per gallon, from trucks (CAFE exceptions notwithstanding) to cars to hybrids to electric vehicles, to whatever fanciful warp drive propulsion we'll think of in 20 years. (Remember, we're just two years away from the hoverboard, and inching ever so closer.) Naturally, carmakers are working hard on improving their average corporate fuel economy. As the technology trickles in, we're seeing a handful of cars that are already geared for the impending CAFE regulation maelstrom. As Joel Arellano explains in our latest Hot List, what's on the window sticker is different than what CAFE says. CAFE's fuel regulations factor in vehicle size to work out an average, and likewise the cars on our list don't necessarily meet the 54.5 mpg figure, but they meet the EPA's adjusted equivalent: up to 48 mpg for subcompacts, and up to 23 combined mpg for full-size pickups. Two Fords, the C-MAX and Fusion Hybrids, make their way onto this list. As does the perennial Prius, this time the Prius c, and the Chevrolet Volt. The rest of the list, unsurprisingly, is made up of hybrids. Which ones? You'll just have to click through and see for yourself. Hot List: Seven Vehicles That Meet CAFE 2025 54.5 mpg Today