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Best Hybrid Cars

Updated March 11, 2014 5:47 PM PDT

Hybrid cars complement gas engines with electric motors to improve gas mileage or to increase power through the use of a combined-propulsion system. Toyota and Honda are both major players in the hybrid space, but just about every other automaker is working on a hybrid model. We've picked our top hybrid cars based on great gas mileage and good performance.

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2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid

Offering all the fuel economy and practical interior space of a Toyota Prius, the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid adds significant power and a more engaged driving experience.

Price: $25,200.00 - $25,200.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent Ford's Prius-beater boasts better handling, power

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid

The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid looks good and can be had with very advanced driver assistance features, but buyers should expect fuel economy averaging around 40 mpg instead of the 47 mpg EPA test number.

Price: $27,200.00 - $27,200.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent Ford puts its best tech forward in midsize sedan

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

Volkswagen's new hybrid system in the 2013 Jetta is a winner, delivering good driving characteristics and excellent fuel economy, but the cabin tech lacks features for a car in this price range.

Price: $31,180.00 - $31,180.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco

The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco is a competent highway cruiser with a good baseline of cabin tech, but its eAssist mild-hybrid system doesn't really deliver the miles per gallon.

Price: $25,235.00 - $25,235.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

2012 Chevrolet Volt

Mileage has never varied more than it will between two 2012 Chevrolet Volt owners, but with regular charging, this part-time EV is capable of fantastic efficiency -- just don't look too hard at its dashboard.

Price: $39,145.00 - $39,145.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

2012 Toyota Prius C

As the latest member of the Prius family, the 2012 Toyota Prius C shows off a very modern, high-tech cabin, along with excellent fuel economy, in a size city dwellers will find easy to park.

Price: $18,950.00 - $18,950.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent 2012 Toyota Prius C

2012 Toyota Prius v

Excellent fuel economy and a large, airy cabin make the 2012 Toyota Prius v a very practical choice for families, and new electronics give it a modern tech edge.

Price: $29,990.00 - $29,990.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In

The 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in vastly improves the flexibility and potential economy of the standard Prius formula with the simple addition of a power cable and larger, more efficient battery pack.

Price: $32,000.00 - $32,000.00 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

2012 Lexus CT 200h

The 2012 Lexus CT 200h's good looks are complemented by its excellent practicality, but it lacks power and its cabin tech falls short of the cutting edge.

Price: $31,750.00 - $31,750.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE

The Entune-powered 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE offers perhaps the best blend of performance, efficiency, and cabin comfort in Toyota's portfolio of vehicles.

Price: $27,400.00 - $27,400.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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