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August 20, 2014

Three Reasons You Should Be Driving a Hybrid

Fuel efficient carsYou don’t have to be a pious Prius driver (but it sure helps) to enjoy the benefits of hybrid technology. Thanks to Toyota for sharing this animated infographic that shows all the ways driving a Toyota Prius has benefitted the environment.

Toyota_Hybrid_Infographic_Animated_2014Help others breathe a little easier. Since 2000, the Prius family of vehicles has saved an estimated 26.5 million tons of CO2 emissions in the U.S. 

Save gas. Prius family owners could drive around the earth 4.39 million times with the fuel saved.

Save gas money. Over the last 14 years, the Prius family (compared to an average car) has saved Americans about $5 billion in fuel costs.


Fuel-Efficient Alternatives to the Toyota Prius

When fuel prices fluctuate as wildly as they have been lately, many new car shoppers wonder whether they should park their gas guzzler and buy a Toyota Prius, which promises fuel economy around 50 miles per gallon. Unfortunately, as gas prices increase, and more people buy Toyota's popular hybrid, Prius inventory gets smaller, resulting in pricing that becomes less negotiable and closer to Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). If gas prices continue to rise, and demand for the Prius continues to rise some dealers may even increase the price of the Prius above MSRP. That’s a classic example of supply-and-demand economics.

Fortunately for consumers, there are many other very fuel-efficient choices on the road offering excellent fuel economy to help them reduce their skyrocketing fuel bill. While the Toyota Prius may be the leading hybrid choice for fuel-economy conscious and environmentally conscious drivers, that doesn't mean it is the ONLY option out there for new car shoppers searching for strong fuel economy numbers.

A 2012 report at the New York Times, says "Hybrid sales have surged more than 60 percent this year, but they still account for less than 3 percent of the total market." The good news is there are many other fuel-efficient options besides the Toyota Prius for new car shoppers who would like to save money at the gas pump. Regardless whether you choose to shop for a hybrid, diesel, or gasoline-powered car, these small fuel-efficient models can help reduce your monthly fuel bills.


What Other Fuel Efficient Options Are Available To New Car Shoppers?

So maybe you really want to buy a hybrid, but you're having a hard time finding a Toyota Prius in your region? Or maybe you want to choose something that's really fuel-efficient, but just don't want to drive a hybrid. To help you with your car shopping, we've assembled a broad assortment of alternative engine choices -- including hybrids, diesels, and gasoline options -- that offer the best fuel economy in the small car segment. This is by no means a completely comprehensive list, but just a selection of options that might appeal for women shoppers looking for cars with great fuel economy.

All the cars on the Hybrid/Diesel chart promise fuel economy starting at 30 miles per gallon around town, up to 48 miles per gallon highway. If you're not interested in alternative fuel choices, we've also assembled a list of the most efficient gasoline-powered small cars currently on the market with combined fuel economy ranging from 26 in the city to 42 miles per gallon on the highway. These fuel-efficient small cars are selling for an average price between $13,790 for the Mitsubishi Mirage to $21,955 for the popular Chevy Volt.


Highly Fuel Efficient Gas-Engine Cars

Year/Make/Model (Trim) MSRP City / Hwy MPG

2014 Chevrolet Cruze (4dr Sedan ECO - Automatic) $21,955 26/39

2014 Chevy Spark $12,995 30/39

2014 Ford Fiesta $15,425 28/36

2014 Ford Focus hatchback $19,450 26/36

2014 Honda Fit $16,315 29/37

2014 Hyundai Elantra sedan SE $18,060 28/38

2014 Hyundai Veloster $18,610 28/36

2014 Mazda Mazda 3 $16,945 29/41

2014 Mazda Mazda2 $15,515 29/35

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage DE $13,790 34/42

2014 Nissan Versa $12,800 27/36

2014 Toyota Yaris $15,255 30/37


Highly Fuel Efficient Hybrid and Diesel-Powered Cars

Year/Make/Model (Trim) MSRP City / Hwy MPG

2014 Chevrolet Volt (electric range extended vehicle) $35,170 35 / 40

2014 Honda Civic Hybrid $25,425 44 / 47

2014 Honda Insight hybrid $19,515 41 / 44

2014 Ford Focus hybrid $35,995 28 / 40

2014 Kia Optima hybrid $26,795 36 / 40

2014 Lexus CT 200h hybrid $32,960 43 / 40

2014 Toyota Prius hybrid $25,025 51 / 48

2014 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan turbodiesel $22,115 30 / 42




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