Fuel economy is the best reason to buy a hybrid, since all but the largest get between 40 and 50 miles per gallon. Here are the 10 most fuel-efficient 2013 hybrids, ranging in size from subcompact to mid-size, as rated by the EPA. One of them may be a good fit for you and your family.
The most popular brand of hybrid is the Toyota Prius, above, which now comes in three sizes, the original “regular,” a smaller version called the C and a larger one called the V. The original and C are rated at 50 mpg, combined city and highway.
The Ford C-Max is new for the 2013 model year. It’s a zippy little wagon that gets the same fuel economy as the slightly larger Ford Fusion Hybrid sedan. Both are rated at 47 mpg.
The two models rated at 45-mpg combined are the luxury mid-size Lincoln MKZ Hybrid sedan and the VW Jetta Hybrid, which is sized and priced as a compact, but has the interior room and safety features of its higher-priced mileage twin. The Lincoln is the most expensive hybrid on the list, with a starting price of $49,460.
The EPA rates three 2013 hybrids as offering 42 mpg combined: the Honda Insight, Lexus CT 200h and Prius V. As I wrote on ecoXplorer, more than one million Honda Insights have been sold worldwide since being introduced in 1999, well before the Prius.
Rounding out the list of 10 most fuel efficient 2013 hybrids is another Lexus, the luxury mid-size ES 300h, at 40 mpg.
For whatever reason, the EPA does not include extended-range hybrids, like the Chevrolet Volt, in this list. It should. In my own 500-mile test drive of a Volt, mostly in city driving, I racked up an astounding 69.5 mpg, which blows the barn doors off even the top-rated Prius. I’ll have to talk to the EPA about that.
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