Five Affordable Hybrid Cars for 2011
As hybrid technology becomes more and more common, prices on hybrid cars continue to drop. While there is still a bit of a price premium when compared to traditional gas cars, the new crop of 2011 hybrids includes several very affordable options. Review the five most affordable hybrid cars for 2011 to learn which options are in your price range.
2011 Honda CR-Z ($19,200)
The Honda CR-Z debuts this year as the most affordable hybrid on the market. Billed as a sporty hybrid, the Honda CR-Z allows drivers to switch between Normal, Eco and Sport driving modes. As such, you can tailor your fuel efficiency depending on your current mood. EPA ratings suggest the CR-Z delivers 35 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. Given its slick hatchback design and low entry fee, Honda hopes the youth market will eat this two-seater up. Base models come fairly well equipped.
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2011 Honda Insight ($19,800)
Honda delivers the one-two economy hybrid punch with the sophomore return of the second-generation Honda Insight. The Insight boasts a similar aerodynamic exterior to the Toyota Prius, and delivers much of the same aesthetics and comfort. However, when comparing the two, keep in mind that the Insight slots as a compact car, while the Prius delivers midsize proportions. Fuel efficiency comes in at a respectable 40 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway. All models come complete with full power accessories, automatic climate control, height-adjustable driver's seat and more.
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2011 Toyota Prius ($23,050)
The Prius continues to be a popular hybrid thanks to its class-leading fuel efficiency, comfortable interior and low initial asking price. For those who want a rear seat that provides enough head and knee room for adult passengers, the Prius is probably the most affordable hybrid car that makes sense. At 51 mpg in the city and 48 mpg on the highway, the Prius also delivers the best gas mileage of any hybrid for the year. Thanks to the healthy number of base features, many shoppers won't have to worry about paying extra for upgrade trims.
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2011 Honda Civic Hybrid ($23,950)
For those looking for a hybrid with muted contemporary styling, the Honda Civic Hybrid is a solid option. High points for the vehicle include a pleasant, well-crafted interior and an excellent track record for reliability. Downsides such as a sluggish engine and minimal interior cabin space may limit its appeal. Gas mileage is estimated at 40 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway. Of all cars on this list, the Civic Hybrid boasts one of the best initial starting packages, with cruise control, keyless entry, automatic climate control and steering-wheel mounted controls all coming standard.
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2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid ($26,575)
The Toyota Camry Hybrid serves as a more traditionally styled alternative to the Toyota Prius. As one of the larger vehicles on this list, it is likely to appeal more to families and those who require a little more interior versatility. Additionally, the Camry Hybrid is only nominally more expensive than the traditional Camry - a fact that makes this hybrid a good buy for those who can afford it. Fuel efficiency comes in at 31 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. Base models come stocked with dual-zone climate control, keyless ignition, power driver's seat, six-speaker stereo and more.
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