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Suzuki Celerio 1.0 MT
Fuel consumption: 34.34k/l
Source: Department of Energy (DOE)
Suzuki cars may not be getting (or giving) as much media mileage as its competitors but maybe that's just the Japanese carmaker's way of letting its products do the talking. A good example is the 1.0-liter, manual-transmission-equipped Suzuki Celerio that ran an incredible 34.34 kilometers per liter of fuel during the 2009 DOE-organized fuel-economy run. The test started at the DOE headquarters in Taguig and headed to Subic via EDSA, the North Luzon Expressway, the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway and back to Taguig at a maximum speed of 80kph.
A close second is…
Suzuki Alto 0.8 MT
Fuel consumption: 34k/l
The Celerio's stablemate, the Suzuki Alto, ran an equally impressive 34 kilometers on a single liter of fuel at the DOE's 2008 fuel-economy run.
Honda Jazz 1.5
Fuel consumption: 27.58k/l
The Honda Jazz came into prominence locally as a fuel-efficient vehicle thanks to Petron's use of the vehicle in the 2008 Xtra Mile Challenge where it ran 1,402.4 kilometers on a single tank of fuel. In the DOE's 2009 E10 Fuel Economy Run, the second-generation Honda Jazz was used and, although its engine displacement was bigger by 0.2 liter, the newer Jazz still registered a remarkable 27.58 kilometers-per-liter figure.
Fuel consumption: 24.4k/l
Amazingly, the first hybrid on the list isn't the much-vaunted (or highly-ridiculed, depending on who you ask) Toyota Prius. It's from Toyota's luxury brand, Lexus, and its entry level luxury hatchback--the CT200h. The Prius and the CT200h produce the same output as both cars use the same 1.8-liter engine and the same hybrid drive system. Lexus claims the mileage of the CT200h is at 24.4 kilometers-per-liter, which is not very far from…
Fuel consumption: 24.23k/l
…the Prius's fuel consumption of 24.23 kilometers-per-liter based on the DOE's 2009 E10 Fuel Economy Run.
Ford Focus 2.0 TDCi MT
Fuel consumption: 21.39k/l (DOE), 25.9k/l (Manufacturer's test)
There was a time that diesel fuel was only for public-utility vehicles, trucks and sport-utility vehicles. It was only when Ford Philippines introduced the Focus TDCi that cars with diesel engines became acceptable, and with fuel prices knocking at the P60-per-liter door, it's fast becoming an alternative engine choice. In the DOE's 2008 Fuel Economy Run, a Focus TDCi with a manual transmission ran an average of 21.39 kilometers on a single liter of fuel. As if that wasn't impressive enough for a 2.0-liter car, a similar model vehicle outdid that by doing 25.9 liters per kilometer during Ford Group Philippines' second staging of the Coast to Coast Challenge last year.
Hyundai Accent CRDi
Fuel consumption: 16k/l
Source: Paulo Subido (test drive)
The previous-generation Hyundai Accent is a two-fold wonder. A lot of taxi operators have taken to it as part of their fleet because the price of diesel fuel will always be more affordable than that of gasoline's. And despite the prevalent use of the Accent as a taxi, some private car owners have not shied away from owning one, perhaps also due to practicality. In the DOE’s 2008 Fuel Economy Run, the diesel-powered Accent registered a 23.38 kilometers-per-liter while Top Gear Philippines associate editor Paulo Subido’s test drive of one netted a mileage of 16 kilometers-per-liter. We think the difference boils down to the DOE's highly-controlled and -observed fuel economy run over Paulo's eagerness behind the wheel.
Honda City 1.3 MT
Fuel consumption: 20.67k/l
Car shoppers who check out the Honda City usually have its stablemate, the Jazz, in their shortlist. For the DOE's 2009 E10 Fuel Economy Run, the City, which was brand-new then, traveled an average of 20.67 kilometers-per-liter.
Toyota Corolla Altis 1.6 MT
Fuel consumption: 15.48k/l
Source: DOE, Ferman Lao (test drive)
When we were making this list, it was inevitable that we’d ask Top Gear Philippines technical director Ferman Lao for his opinion. After all, the man does know cars. One car that he noted should be on the list is the manual-transmission-equipped Toyota Corolla Altis 1.6. It so happens that on the DOE 2009 E10 Fuel Economy Run, it ran an average of 15.48 kilometers on a single liter of fuel, narrowly beating the…
Toyota Vios S 1.5 AT
Fuel consumption: 15.44k/l
Source: DOE, Ferman Lao (test drive)
…15.44 kilometers-per-liter average of the 1.5-liter Vios S with automatic transmission at the same DOE fuel economy run event. As it so happens, Lao also nominated that the car should be on the list. Like we said, the man does know cars.