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8 energy-efficient cars to go the distance

Cars that get great fuel economy
Cars that get great fuel economy

With gas prices climbing, consumers are looking to save with energy-efficient cars. Luckily, fuel economy standards are on the rise, and there are more electric and hybrid cars on the market. In fact, all 10 cars on the list of the most fuel-efficient vehicles put out by the Environmental Protection Agency are either electric or hybrid cars. Their mileage is written as mpge, or miles per gallon estimate.

Two vehicles, the Azure Dynamics Transit Connect Van and Wagon, share the same mechanics and are lumped in sixth position on the EPA's list. But since those vehicles weren't in production at press time, Bankrate hasn't included them on its list.

In addition to fuel savings, keep in mind that electrics and hybrids get federal tax breaks, and some states offer additional tax incentives.


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