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The up and down pricing on gasoline has some consumers shopping for cars that squeeze the most miles from a gallon while others could not care less. Still others are deeply concerned about the environmental impact their car may have. You can get a good handle on it all using an average of the EPA city-highway projected mileage numbers.

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Honda Civic HybridMPG: 40 city/45 highway

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There's nothing about the Honda Civic Hybrid that shouts "hybrid" to other drivers, unless they happen to notice that you rarely stop at a gas station. With an EPA-estimated 40 city/45 highway mpg, the Honda Civic Hybrid looks identical to its gasoline-only siblings except for the small hybrid badging. Powered by an electronic motor paired with a 1.3-liter engine to resulting in the equivalent of 110 horsepower, the Honda Civic Hybrid seats five and comes standard with air conditioning, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, power windows, locks and mirrors, cruise control, side-impact and side-curtain airbags, active front head restraints, and electronic stability control. Go »
Volkswagen Jetta TDIMPG: 30 city/41 highway

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While diesel engines had a lousy reputation years ago, diesel technology has improved to give it top-notch fuel efficiency and keep it environmentally friendly. Volkswagen's Jetta TDI is powered by a 140-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged, direct-injected, or TDI, four-cylinder that gets an EPA-estimated 30 city/41 highway mpg. The Jetta TDI seats five comfortably with sufficient trunk space, while a 60/40-split folding rear seat also features a center pass-through to increase cargo carrying flexibility. Standard features include air conditioning, power windows and locks, power heated mirrors, cruise control, heated front seats, side-impact and side curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, and electronic stability and traction control. Go »
Toyota PriusMPG: 48 city/45 highway

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The Toyota Prius has become somewhat of an icon for hybrid cars and, thanks to certain celebrities; many people may view you as a "greenie" if you own one. But whether you drive a Prius for its environmental-friendliness or its great fuel economy, you are likely to enjoy it. Powered by an electric motor paired with a 1.8-liter gasoline engine the Prius produces the equivalent of 134 horsepower, making for a peppy drive, while still getting an EPA-estimated 48 city/45 highway mpg. Standard features include tilt/telescopic steering wheel with audio and climate controls, plus knee, side-impact and side curtain airbags, active front head restraints, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability and traction control. Go »
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