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The Best Hybrid Cars for Your Money

If 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.

CategoryVehiclePriceCity/Hwy/Combined MPGEfficiency-Cost Rating
Subcompact Cars2014 Toyota Prius c$19,89053/46/502.51
Compact Cars2014 Honda Civic Hybrid$25,42544/47/451.77
Mid-Size Hatchback2014 Toyota Prius$25,01051/48/502
Mid-Size Sedan2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid$27,09547/47/471.73
Full-Size Hatchback2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid$25,99545/40/431.65
Full-Size Sedan2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid$36,36540/39/401.1
SUV/Crossover2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid$35,97025/28/260.72
Luxury SUV2014 Lexus RX 450h$47,32032/28/300.63
Luxury Compact Sedan2014 Acura ILX Hybrid$29,79539/38/381.28
Luxury Mid-Size Sedan2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid$37,08545/45/451.21
Luxury Full-Size Sedan2014 BMW ActiveHybrid 740 Li$85,22522/30/250.29

3 Steps Every Car Buyer Needs to Take to Save Maximum Money

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Gregg Fidan Gregg Fidan is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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