The Ten Most Fuel-Efficient Cars For '10 Page 4

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Nissan Altima Hybrid

EPA City/Highway/Combined mpg: 35/33/34
Annual Fuel Cost: $1138
TheCarConnection Meta Review Rating: 8.4
The Bottom Line: The 2009 Nissan Altima has a sportier look and feel than most other mid-size sedans, but it's just as practical.

The Altima Hybrid has been on sale for several years but the whole time it's been a bit of a secret. Nissan hasn't advertised the Altima Hybrid much, and even for 2010 it's only available in nine states. Nevertheless, it's a well-packaged full-hybrid system that allows electric-only operation at lower speeds and, just as the standard Altima handles better than the Camry, the same is true of their Hybrid kin.


Toyota Camry Hybrid

EPA City/Highway/Combined mpg: 33/34/34
Annual Fuel Cost: $1138
TheCarConnection Meta Review Rating: 8.2
The Bottom Line: The 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid melds the automaker's proven, hybrid system into America's bread-and-butter sedan. What's not to like?

Smooth and unobtrusive is the way that we'd describe Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive in the 2010 Camry Hybrid. Although the full hybrid system in the Camry Hybrid doesn't make this popular sedan feel as quick as with the available V-6, it yields a significant boost in miles per gallon without compromising the Camry's inherent bread-and-butter goodness.

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