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The Best Hybrid Cars for Your Money
April 17, 2014If you're thinking of purchasing a hybrid in 2014, you certainly won't be alone. With gas prices continuing to rise, many people are considering switching to an alternative fuel vehicle in the hopes of paying less at the pump.
Cars.com recently released a list of 11 hybrid vehicles they consider the best for your money. The list is based on what they call their "efficiency-cost rating" -- the vehicle's EPA combined MPA rating divided by its MSRP plus destination charge, times 1,000.
On the list are the likes of the 2014 Toyota Prius C, 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid, 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid, and 2014 BMW ActiveHybrid 740 Li.
Thinking of purchasing a hybrid vehicle? Make sure you use TrueCar No Haggle and CarsDirect to get the best deal possible on any of these vehicles.
|Category||Vehicle||Price||City/Hwy/Combined MPG||Efficiency-Cost Rating|
|Subcompact Cars||2014 Toyota Prius c||$19,890||53/46/50||2.51|
|Compact Cars||2014 Honda Civic Hybrid||$25,425||44/47/45||1.77|
|Mid-Size Hatchback||2014 Toyota Prius||$25,010||51/48/50||2|
|Mid-Size Sedan||2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid||$27,095||47/47/47||1.73|
|Full-Size Hatchback||2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid||$25,995||45/40/43||1.65|
|Full-Size Sedan||2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid||$36,365||40/39/40||1.1|
|SUV/Crossover||2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid||$35,970||25/28/26||0.72|
|Luxury SUV||2014 Lexus RX 450h||$47,320||32/28/30||0.63|
|Luxury Compact Sedan||2014 Acura ILX Hybrid||$29,795||39/38/38||1.28|
|Luxury Mid-Size Sedan||2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid||$37,085||45/45/45||1.21|
|Luxury Full-Size Sedan||2014 BMW ActiveHybrid 740 Li||$85,225||22/30/25||0.29|
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