The world's hunger for hybrid cars continues to grow. With dozens of hybrid vehicles now available, it's clear that the hybrid market is no longer in its infancy. For 2012, a variety of high-MPG models compete for your attention. Keep reading to review the five most fuel-efficient hybrid cars for the 2012 model year.
For 2012, the Toyota Camry Hybrid has been completely redesigned. The result is a bolder, more angular appearance that strays just a bit from the "play it safe mentality of the Toyota brand. A boost in horsepower and a more efficient regenerative braking system help make the vehicle more appealing in the face of heightened competition. Safe, reliable and loaded with a good standard set of features, the 2012 Camry Hybrid starts at $25,900. For that price, you'll manage 43 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway.
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The 2012 Insight receives minor cosmetic changes over the previous model. On the inside, the changes help increase rear headroom and driver visibility. As in previous years, the Insight's main draw remains its low price tag. With a base MSRP of $18,350, this is the most affordable hybrid on the market. Of course, it's worth noting that it is also one of the smallest hybrids available. As such, drivers looking for a comfortable rear passenger seat may want to look elsewhere. The EPA estimates that Honda Insight owners will manage 41 mpg in the city and 44 mpg on the highway.
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The Lexus CT 200h can be considered a sportier, more luxurious version of the Toyota Prius (they share similar components). Across the entire hybrid segment, the hatchback design of the Lexis may prove a welcome design change when compared to the typical hybrid sedan. Additionally, the $29,120 is pretty attractive when shopping in the luxury market. Despite the price, standard comfort features abound, including 10-way power adjustable driver's seat, dual-zone climate control, vinyl upholstery and six-speaker stereo. If you're in the market for a luxury hybrid car, then you're not going to do better than the CT 200h's 43 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway.
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The Honda Civic Hybrid receives mild styling updates for the 2012 model year. However, all in all, the vehicle delivers the same well-rounded package as its predecessors. With a base price of $24,050, the Civic Hybrid remains one of the more affordable hybrid options. Base models receive a six-speaker stereo, automatic headlights, keyless entry, sunroof and more. Fuel figures for the vehicle come in at a well-balanced 44 mpg in the city and 44 mpg on the highway.
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The Toyota Prius tops the list of hybrid car fuel-efficiency for yet another year. By and large, the 2012 model is the same as the 2011 model. The model tends to receive high praise for its interior comfort, quiet driving environment and good list of available features. Of course, with an estimated 51 mpg in the city and 48 mpg on the highway, the main draw of the vehicle remains its fuel efficiency. A history of strong safety scores and overall reliability help make the Prius a good hybrid option for families.
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