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Ford only US firm in top 10 for fuel rating

WASHINGTON -- Ford Motor Co., with its hybrid SUVs, is the only American carmaker to crack the top-10 fuel economy list for 2006 vehicles.

The manual version of the hybrid Honda Insight tops the list, with 60 miles per gallon in the city and 66 on the highway. The hybrid Toyota Prius is second, with 60 miles per gallon in the city and 51 on the highway, the Environmental Protection Agency said.

Honda Motor Co., Toyota Motor Corp., and Volkswagen AG make eight of the top 10 cars, mostly hybrid electric-gas or diesel-powered. Ford Escape hybrid SUVs, two-wheel and four-wheel drive, round out the list. The sole gas-only vehicle to make the top 10 is the manual Toyota Corolla.

By classes of vehicles, the most fuel-efficient SUV is the Ford Escape, with 36 miles per gallon city and 31 highway. The most fuel-efficient pickup is the Ford Ranger, at 24 m.p.g. city and 29 highway.

The automatic Dodge Ram pickup, at 9 m.p.g. in the city and 12 on the highway, was the least-fuel-efficient vehicle.

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