EPA classifies Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe as a compact car, Aston Martin DBS as a minicompact

2010 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe

Earlier last month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its annual rating of fuel winners and losers. Not surprisingly, the 2011 Toyota Prius was named the most fuel-efficient vehicle in the United States, while the 2011 Bugatti Veyron was the worst.

However there were some surprising categorizations made by the EPA. According to the EPA, the Bentley Continental GTC is a subcompact car. The Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe and the Phantom Drophead Coupe are classified as compact cars like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla.

Want us to keep going? The Aston Martin DB9 and DBS are classified to be minicompact cars like the Mini Cooper.

So what’s going on here? The EPA classifies vehicles based on their interior volume. That is why the Nissan Versa is classified as a midsize car, which Nissan doesn’t agree with.

Does the EPA need to change its classification rules? We think so.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Wheels