Now that gas prices are declining and automakers report they’re booking increased sales and profits for SUVs and pickups, fuel efficiency isn’t all that important anymore, right?

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.

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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: