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COMFORT, ECONOMY ON WHEELS

MotorWeek, a longtime automotive TV series, and Cars.com, an online auto shopping site, have teamed up to determine which shade of green makes the most sense for consumers.

"We hear a lot about fuel economy these days, but we wanted to know which cars deliver fuel efficiency without compromising power and performance" said John Davis, MotorWeek host and executive producer. MotorWeek and members of Cars.com's editorial staff got behind the wheel of three hybrids, two clean turbocharged diesels and a compact car to find out what's behind the fuel economy numbers.

MotorWeek and Cars.com took six cars with the highest government fuel economy ratings to the mountains of western Maryland for a typical weekend family outing. The gas sippers tested were the 2010 Toyota Prius, 2010 Honda Insight, 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid, 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI, 2010 Audi A3 TDI and 2009 Smart ForTwo.

Each car was equipped with a data recorder for monitoring driving and engine performance. The cars were put through the paces, covering 500 miles of extremely challenging terrain over three days, with one car reigning supreme in terms of overall comfort, performance, handling and of course, fuel economy. "We found the Prius, in the end, offered a really top-notch interior, a peppy ride and great mileage," said Patrick Olsen, editor in chief of Cars.com. "There were several close competitors, but the Prius' new look and frugal ways won us over."

Ranking............... Car...................................Type.....................Drive mpg............EPA mpg

1........................ 2010 Toyota Prius...............Hybrid...................49.2....................50.0

2........................2010 Honda Insight..............Hybrid...................40.5....................41.0

3........................2010 Audi A3 TDI.................Diesel...................38.2....................34.0

4........................2009 Volkswagen Jetta.........TDI Diesel.............36.2....................34.0

5........................2009 Smart ForTwo..............Gasoline powered....35.3...................36

6........................2010 Ford Fusion.................Hybrid Hybrid..........32.9...................39.0

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