With much-improved gas mileage, thanks to some improvements handed down from the Prius, the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid is again the most fuel-efficient car in its class.
Against the Camry Hybrid, the Nissan Altima Hybrid has been a rival, though that model is on hiatus for 2012.
But the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is new; it offers gas mileage numbers close to those of the Camry Hybrid, but it's sorely lacking in sophistication, with a more lurching.
That said, the rest of the Sonata Hybrid is, as the Sonata lineup, styled with more excitement than the Camry.
The Ford Fusion Hybrid gets fuel economy ratings that are close to those of the Hybrid (up to 41 mpg), and its handling is particularly good.
Meanwhile, the Volkswagen Passat, in high-mileage TDI diesel form, gets an excellent 43 mpg highway while maintaining strong, confident performance.
All of these offerings have around the same sticker price.
|2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid||2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid||2012 Hyundai Sonata||2012 Volkswagen Passat|
|$25,990Browse Used Listings||N/ABrowse Used Listings||$19,795Browse Used Listings||$20,590Browse Used Listings|
|40 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy|
|Gas/Electric I4||N/A||Gas I4||Gas I5|
|4-Door Sedan LE (GS)||N/A||4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual GLS||4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual S PZEV|
|Front Wheel Drive||N/A||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||N/A||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sdn|