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Are you in the market for a hybrid car?
You probably want great gas mileage, without switching to diesel fuel, or taking the next step into plug-in vehicles.
The good news is, plug-ins aside, virtually all the most fuel-efficient cars on sale right now are hybrids. Whether you're after a spacious subcompact or a sleek sedan, there's a hybrid to suit most needs.
Below you'll find our run-down of the ten most efficient, rated by EPA combined mileage. Click on each vehicle title to go to its review page, or simply use it as a handy guide to the hybrids with the best gas mileage.
1) 2013 Toyota Prius C - 50 mpg
53 mpg city, 46 mpg highway, from $19,080
It's no surprise to find the Prius C topping the list for gas mileage. With a smaller, lighter body than the regular Prius and a smaller engine, it just grabs the spot from the larger car thanks to improved city mileage. It's more fun to drive too, though its less aerodynamic body belies a car which is less refined and less efficient on the highway.
2) 2013 Toyota Prius - 50 mpg
51 mpg city, 48 mpg highway, from $24,200
The Prius is no longer the most advanced hybrid out there, but the formula was right from the start--borne out by that combined EPA figure. It's taken a smaller version of the Prius line--or plug-in cars--to beat it on economy. If you can live with the looks, the dull drive and the image, it's still well worth a look.
3) 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid - 47 mpg
47 mpg city, 47 mpg highway, from $25,200
Toyotas may top the gas mileage list, but Ford is catching up fast. The C-Max hybrid has better EPA gas mileage and a lower price tag than its closest rival, the Prius V wagon. It's also the better car to drive. Only lingering doubts about its real-world economy may put you off.
2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid
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4) 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid - 47 mpg
47 mpg city, 47 mpg highway, from $27,995
Ford has had its best few months ever for hybrid sales, and the Fusion Hybrid can claim some of the glory. Despite concerns that Ford hybrids aren't getting close to their EPA gas mileage figures, the Fusion looks good on paper and drives well out on the road. It'll even look good parked on your driveway.
5) 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid - 45 mpg
45 mpg city, 45 mpg highway, from $35,925
Think Ford Fusion Hybrid underneath, with a classier, more dramatic exterior. The MKZ Hybrid loses out a few mpg all around to its Fusion cousin, but you get more luxury and a more prestigious name as a consolation. And if you'd said five years ago that a Lincoln would be one of the most efficient cars on sale, people would have thought you were mad...