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Deals on Eco-Friendly Vehicles

If you're considering celebrating Earth Day 2015 by purchasing a more eco-friendly car, then you're in luck as there's lots of great deals to be had on alternative fuel vehicles.

For instance, HybridCars.com reports Chevrolet is lowering the price of the 2015 Spark EV by $1,650 and is even offering cash incentives on top of State rebates for a potential $3,500 additional savings.

The 2016 Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid vehicle is dropping in price by $9,000, according to PlugInCars.com.

TheTruthAboutCars.com reports Toyota is offering a number of incentives on the Toyota Prius c in April, with potential savings as much as 9.8% off MSRP.

And US News & World Report's blog has an overview of special lease deals in April on both the 2015 Nissan Leaf and 2015 Ford Focus Electric, bringing monthly payments under $200.

And as always, make sure to use TrueCar No Haggle and CarsDirect for the lowest price on any of these vehicles.

VehicleMonthly Payment*MSRPMarket Avg.% Savings$ Savings
2015 Toyota Prius Hybrid$317$25,444$22,08113.2%$3,363
2015 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Automatic$332$26,485$23,10512.8%$3,380
2015 Kia Optima Hybrid LX$338$26,815$23,51512.3%$3,300
2015 Ford Focus Hybrid S FWD$349$26,910$24,3069.7%$2,604
2015 Chevrolet Volt Plug-In Hybrid$462$35,170$32,1448.6%$3,026
*Calculated with 20% down for 60 months at 3% APR

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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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