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Hybrid carsIf you're serious about saving gas with electricity, these are your cars.
The original hybrid concept has been perverted into pickup trucksÃ¯Â¿Â½big luxo bargesÃ¯Â¿Â½and even sports cars. But if you want a hybrid to sip gas Ã¯Â¿Â½ oh yeah, they do that too -- youÃ¯Â¿Â½ve come to the right place. IÃ¯Â¿Â½m B.C. from CNET Car Tech with the Top 5 2011 Hybrid cars, listed by the holy grail: EPA average fuel economy. Start your engines. #5 We have a tie right off the bat, between the Hyundai Sonata Ã¯Â¿Â½ and the Honda CR-Z. 37 MPG average. But these guys couldnÃ¯Â¿Â½t be much more different: The Sonata is HyundaiÃ¯Â¿Â½s bread & butter car, taking on Camry and Accord while offering more style than those two Ã¯Â¿Â½ while the CR-Z is this sort of a hybrid reincarnation fo the CR-X that competes directly with little strange Japanese toys and such. #4 is the Ford Fusion and/or Lincoln MKZ hyrid. 39 MPG average. We like these guys because they have FordÃ¯Â¿Â½s SYNC technology in the cabin and a really livable hybrid powertrain under the hood while not being small, goofy looking or screaming Ã¯Â¿Â½Hey I drive a Hybrid!Ã¯Â¿Â½ Of course, some of you want your car to do that, so letÃ¯Â¿Â½s move onÃ¯Â¿Â½ #3 is another tie: Delivering 41 average MPG both are the Honda twins: Insight and Civic. The Insight is a hybrid only model that was HondaÃ¯Â¿Â½s answer to the Prius. Except they didnÃ¯Â¿Â½t seem to hear the question right, but weÃ¯Â¿Â½ll get to that in a minute. The Civic Hybrid puts the companyÃ¯Â¿Â½s technology to work in a real familiar package that works. #2 brings us to Toyota land Ã¯Â¿Â½ but not the Prius: ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s its bougie cousin the Lexus CT200h. This guy is real new and delivers 42 MPG average. They market it as being a Ã¯Â¿Â½darker shade of greenÃ¯Â¿Â½ with sporting intentions, some of the slickest cabin tech in a hybrid car right now and the hope that it doesnÃ¯Â¿Â½t wallow in relative obscurity like their other compact hybrid, the HS250h which just missed our list BTW. Before we get to #1 I can tell you what car it wonÃ¯Â¿Â½t be: The Chevy Volt. Yes, it does have both gas and electric power, but itÃ¯Â¿Â½s not really a hybrid since it drives electric all the time, so it goes on our Top 5 electric cars video, once there are 5 good ones to put in there. Stay tuned. And another note if you think hybrids are a fad: So far in early 2011 they lead the automotive recovery in sales growth, up 39% over a year ago compared to 27% for car sales overall. OK, the #1 hybrid based on EPA average fuel economy for 2011 isÃ¯Â¿Â½.no surprise: The Toyota Prius. This guy is a double whammy, shattering the competition with 50 MPG average and, as a result, outselling all other hybrids combined. It also sports some cool cabin tech and is just about to become a whole line of cars with the V mini-minivan PriusÃ¯Â¿Â½the Prius C sporty versionÃ¯Â¿Â½and a plug-in Prius all on the way. So now you're ready to make your choice, hit the road, look at the rest of us scoldingly, and drive like a, well, Prius driver. Oh, God, here comes the email. For all our Top 5Ã¯Â¿Â½s like this, head to top5.cnet.com. IÃ¯Â¿Â½m B.C., etc.