The all-new 2016 Toyota Prius retains its title as the most fuel-efficient car sold without a plug, but in an era of $2 gasoline, that may no longer be buyers' top priority.
The newest of these is the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, which is expected to receive a 47-mpg combined rating--very close to the 52-mpg base Prius.
The C-Max is a taller hatchback than the new Prius, and has more power and a nicer interior.
(It also offers a plug-in version, the C-Max Energi.) The CT 200h has less space than the Prius, but more luxury features and a surprisingly enjoyable Sport mode.
Then there's the larger Prius V tall wagon, at 42 mpg, which offers considerably more interior volume for people and cargo.
Finally, the Chevy Volt--also brand-new for 2016--comes in at 42 mpg combined, but can run all-electrically for 53 miles.
It's smoother, quieter, and still nicer inside than the new Prius--but it's also $10,000 pricier.
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