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With no end in sight to rising fuel costs, more consumers are considering purchasing a hybrid car. As hybrid vehicles have become widely accepted, sales are expected to top 780,000 by the end of 2012, up from 212,000 in 2005. Because of this, many car buyers want to know what the best hybrid cars are for 2012.
There are many different cars available now to choose from now compared to when the first Prius arrived in the United States in 2001. No longer do you have to sacrifice space or luxury when you purchase a hybrid. Almost every carmaker has entered the market with at least hybrid in their model lines, ranging from subcompacts to large-size SUVs. Here you will see five of the best hybrid cars available for 2012.
Toyoya Prius Liftback
The Prius has been the best-selling hybrid in the United States. Starting in 2012, Toyota has renamed the car to the Prius Liftback. This car is the only hybrid currently available that offers a combined city/highway 50 mpg. The base MSRP for the Prius is $24,000.
There is no skimping on space, as you will be able to comfortably fit five adults in the Prius. This car is loaded with even more technology options than in prior years. Toyota now offers the Entune Entertainment System, Lane Keep Assist and a Pre-Collision system as options, along with intelligent parking.
Honda Civic Hybrid
The Honda Civic hybrid offers an estimated combined city/highway 44 mpg. Starting at $24,050, the 2012 model has been totally redesigned in such a way that Kelley Blue Book has named it a 2012 Best Redesigned Vehicle. In addition, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has award the Civic Hybrid as a Top Safety Pick for 2012.
The Civic offers such features as Honda’s Eco Assist and ECON button, which monitors how efficient you are driving and puts the car into a super-efficient mode, thus maximizing your mileage. With its Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, you and your passengers will be better protected in the event of a head-on collision.
As the first hybrid sold in America, the Honda Insight continues to impress. The 2012 model offers an impressive combined 42 mpg, while comfortably seating five adults. Starting at an affordable base price of $18,350, drivers who are looking for an inexpensive car are no longer priced out of the hybrid market.
With its sleek aerodynamic design, it bears a striking resemblance FCX Clarity fuel cell vehicle. Just like the Civic, the Insight has also been awarded the IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2012 for its safety features. Kelley Blue Book has also awarded it with its 2012 Total Cost of Ownership Award for its low initial cost and reliability.
Lexus CT 200H
The Lexus CT 200H offers an estimated combined city/highway 42 mpg while providing luxury not normally expected in a hybrid model. Starting at just $29,120, you do not have to skimp on luxury for the sake of driving a fuel-efficient vehicle.
With such safety features as its advanced eight-bag system and available pre-collision detection system, you can rest assured you and your passengers will be protected in a crash. Not only is the CT 200H safe, but it is also fun to drive with its drive mode select, which allows you to choose from four modes that can take your ride from energy efficient to exhilarating at the turn of a dial.
Toyota Camry Hybrid
As the number one bestselling car in America, the Toyota Camry has a history of having many satisfied customers. The Camry Hybrid is no exception with its. Starting at a base price of $25,900 with an overall estimated 41 mpg rating, this car is sure to please in the Toyota tradition of quality. With 90% of all Camrys sold since 1996 still on the road, it’s no wonder they hold the title of having the best resale value.
Comfortably seating up to five adults, the Camry offers a smooth ride for all. As an IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2012, the 2012 model is equipped standard with a ten-airbag system to protect you and your passengers in the event of a crash.
This is just a sampling of the hybrid models available for 2012. There are many other makes and models available in all price ranges. Do your homework to find the best car to fit your driving needs.