2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
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6) 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid - 45 mpg
42 mpg city, 48 mpg highway, from $24,995
"VW" and "gas mileage" in the same sentence used to be the preserve of diesels--but not any more. The Jetta Hybrid has pulled the carpet from under its TDI brother, with 45 mpg combined economy and an impressive 48 highway. VW is proud of how it drives too--touting the "Sure it's a hybrid. But it's a turbo hybrid" tag-line in its advertising. The 1.4 turbocharged engine certainly offers decent performance.
NOTE: The 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid is rated at 44 mpg combined, so it would logically fall into the list here. We omitted it from this article because fuel efficiency ratings had not been listed on the EPA website at the time the piece was published.
7) 2013 Toyota Prius V - 42 mpg
44 mpg city, 40 mpg highway, from $26,650
Prius fans wanting a bit more practicality do have to drop a few mpg to get there, but the Prius V still makes for a practical, usable family vehicle. 40 mpg on the highway shouldn't be sniffed at either.
8) 2013 Lexus CT 200h - 42 mpg
43 mpg city, 40 mpg highway, from $32,050
Under the skin, the CT 200h isn't that dissimilar from a Prius. The edgy bodywork and a few tweaks mean it isn't quite as efficient, but it's more sporty to drive than the Prius and that Lexus badge on the front will count for a lot too. The real-world economy difference isn't as large as the EPA figures suggest, either.
2013 Honda Insight
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9) 2013 Honda Insight - 42 mpg
41 mpg city, 44 mpg highway, from $18,600
Compare the 2013 Insight to its early-2000s predecessor and it seems to have lost its mojo--it's heavier, less efficient and not as fun to drive. it's more practical though, and the cheapest hybrid car on sale. It still corners better than a Prius too, even if it isn't as comfortable--or fuel-efficient. A redesign in 2012 freshened up the looks a little.
10) 2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE - 41 mpg
43 mpg city, 39 mpg highway, from $26,140
Yet another Toyota makes it on to the list. The Camry Hybrid was recently updated, but that official EPA figure looks a bit old-hat next to the Fusion Hybrid. It's cheaper though, so you'll get a few miles of fuel with the difference.