If you're seeking sky-high fuel economy in a family-friendly package, a growing set of cars will satisfy your leaner urges.
The Prius has been around forever, and if you're open to hatchback styling, it's a spacious package with a 51-mpg best EPA rating.
The hybrids from Hyundai and Kia hit their marks on paper, but we've had less luck replicating those fuel-economy numbers in the real world, and their hybrid systems can judder as they transition from electric to gas-electric power.
For smoothness and simplicity, you can't get much better than the latest Volkswagen Passat TDI--the turbodiesel version, which promises up to 43 mpg on the highway, which we've come close to attaining on long-distance drives.
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|2012 Ford Fusion HybridBrowse Used Listings||2012 Hyundai SonataBrowse Used Listings||2012 Kia OptimaBrowse Used Listings||2012 Toyota PriusBrowse Used Listings||2012 Volkswagen PassatBrowse Used Listings|
|22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy||51 MPG City / 48 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy|
|N/A||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas/Electric I4||Gas I5|
|N/A||Large Cars||Midsize Cars||Midsize Cars||Mid-Size|
|N/A||4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual GLS||4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual LX||5-Door HB One (SE)||4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual S|
|N/A||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|N/A||4 Door Sedan||Sedan||Hatchback||4 Door Sdn|
|N/A||Manual||Manual||Continuously Variable Ratio||Manual|
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|2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid vs. 2012 Hyundai Sonata||2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid vs. 2012 Kia Optima||2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid vs. 2012 Toyota Prius||2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid vs. 2012 Volkswagen Passat|