November 1, 2012 3:51 PM | By Steve Mertl for MSN Autos
What to drive if you faint at the sight of high fuel prices

Minivans: Toyota Sienna

Minivans: Toyota Sienna (© Photo: Toyota)
  • Subcompacts: Ford Fiesta SFE (© Photo: Ford)
  • Compacts: Honda Civic Hybrid (© Photo: Honda)
  • Mid-sizes: Toyota Prius (© Photo: Toyota)
  • Large sedans: Hyundai Sonata (© Photo: Hyundai)
  • Minivans: Toyota Sienna (© Photo: Toyota)
  • Special Purpose Vehicles: Ford Escape Hybrid (© Photo: Ford)
  • Pickup trucks: Toyota Tacoma (© Photo: Toyota)
  • Two-seaters: Honda CR-Z (© Photo: Honda)
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Toyota wins the category no one admits to owning with the 2.7-litre, four-cylinder version of its people-hauler with a 10.4/7.5 city/highway rating, with a year's worth of fuel estimated at $1,911. Available only in the base ($28,000), seven-passenger version, the 187-hp four is great for light-duty work but might strain if loaded to the gunnels. It gives up almost 80 horsepower to the optional 3.5-litre V6, which is rated at a still-frugal 11.5/8.1.

I'd also put the Honda Odyssey, starting at around $30,000 and featuring a 248-hp V6 and with fuel economy of 11.7/7.2, on my short list. The revamped Dodge Grand Caravan/Chrysler Town and Country, which even in the $21,000 base models offers the killer 283-hp V6 and six-speed autobox providing 12.2/7.9 fuel economy, is also worth a look.

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