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Midsize and more
Another Toyota tops the midsize list--the venerable 2015 Toyota Prius. Years after its launch, rivals still haven't matched its 50 mpg combined rating (51 mpg city, 48 mpg highway) without using a plug--and with a new Prius on the way in 2015, expect the goalposts to move even further.
Several new hybrid sedans have appeared in the last year or so, and they've all shot straight above their predecessors. Most significant is the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid, which has become Honda's most efficient hybrid model. Combined economy is 47 mpg (50 mpg city, 45 mpg highway) and it's one of the best-driving hybrids in its class.
Next up is the 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid sedan, which touts an EPA-rated 42 mpg combined (44 mpg city, 41 mpg highway). Those ratings have dropped a little after Ford's run-in with the EPA, where several models struggled to hit their window sticker numbers.
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The previously class-leading 2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid, rated at 41 mpg combined, has now dropped down the order, but it's still a reliable, economical prospect. The same can be said of the 2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid, which just falls behind the Camry at 40 mpg combined.
Hot on the heels of those are the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and 2015 Kia Optima Hybrid, both of which again share a 2.4-liter four-cylinder drivetrain, putting power through a six-speed automatic gearbox. At around $25,000 each they're good value, and share economy figures at 38 mpg combined (36 mpg city, 40 mpg highway)
Matching those on 29 mpg combined (25 mpg city, 35 mpg highway) is the more recently-introduced 2014 Chevrolet Impala eAssist.