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Alternative Energy Stand-outs
Well, if you’re not one of the American consumers who make long-term financial decisions based on short-term information, or if you simply like the idea of saving fuel, polluting less, and hedging for when fuel prices go back up, read on.
It’s true there is a cost premium for alternative-energy cars, but the best beat the best non-hybrids by 10 mpg or more, and are priced under the national new car price of approximately $32,000.
All listed here get over 40 mpg combined which is what the best non-hybrid Mitsubishi Mirage – a very basic small car – is rated for, and the average new car sold in the U.S. is rated at around 26 mpg.
Of course a fully informed financial decision depends on more cost-of-ownership factors. These vehicles do vary on that score, but some are all-around winners. Cars are ranked by EPA combined mpg ratings, and prices are for base MSRP including shipping charges: