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Top 5 2013 Hybrid Automobiles: Save Money While Being Green!

2013 hybrid carsHybrid vehicles combine the best of both worlds, providing drivers with extended driving range while reducing their environmental impact. Fuel efficiency isn’t the only criteria when making a purchase decision, although it is significant. Practical considerations such as affordability and travel range need to be taken into account. 

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid


This fun-to-drive hybrid is a sturdy alternative to the traditional SUV. While there is lots of room for passengers, it comes up short on cargo space. However, it does boast an impressively powerful electric-gas system that gets 47 mpg, whether you’re driving in the city or out on the highway.

Along with impressive gas mileage, this vehicle offers quick acceleration, responsive handling, and a smooth ride. The interior is quite sophisticated, and although the base model offers many standard features, there are many options available. MSRP from $25,200.

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid


This year, Ford redesigned their Fusion Hybrid model to create something a little bigger, with more flash and glamour. A new engine puts this model on par with the C-Max Hybrid for fuel efficiency, at 47 mpg city and highway.

Though this mid-sized sedan looks impressive from the outside, many feel that the interior doesn’t live up to expectations. On the bright side, this redesign incorporates many notable high-tech features such as adaptive cruise control, blind-spot detection, and automated parking assist. MSRP from $27,200.


2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco


Chevrolet’s Malibu Eco is an oddity in the hybrid world. Though it’s not a conventional automobile, it’s not exactly a hybrid either. In fact, Chevrolet doesn’t even market it as a hybrid. It features what the company calls “eAssist technology,” a smaller-than-hybrid electric motor and battery that assists the gasoline engine during acceleration. Unlike a “true hybrid,” it can’t power the vehicle itself. That’s why fuel efficiency is lower than other hybrids, at just 29 mpg combined.

Experts basically see the Malibu Eco as a nice highway cruiser, sporting some impressive interior technology and providing above-average fuel efficiency. Just don’t expect the same fuel economy as that of a true hybrid. MSRP from $25,235.


2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid


For their first hybrid sedan, the Jetta Hybrid plays to Volkswagen’s primary strengths, featuring a direct injection, turbocharge gas engine with dual-clutch gearbox. Added to this is a strong electric motor and lithium-ion battery that powers the car electrically. Combined, the Jetta Hybrid achieves an impressive 45 mpg.

This comfortable suburban runabout runs quietly and drives smoothly.  The only downside is that an MSRP of $31,180 represents a big premium over the standard Jetta. As a result, you’re not getting the same level of cabin technology found in other cars in this price range.


2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Hybrid


With up to 25 mpg combined, this class of Mercedes Hybrids certainly isn’t the greenest automobile on the market. But at least they are getting greener with every passing year. What makes Mercedes so attractive, beside the status symbol? They’re built to amazing quality standards, boast superior ride and handling, and are amazingly quiet. In addition, Mercedes has always been the poster-child for convenience and safety technology.

If you insist on a luxury sedan, this hybrid option allows you to somewhat reduce your environmental impact. MSRP form $92,350.

In addition to price, fuel efficiency, and maintenance costs, insurance is another factor many consumers consider when purchasing an automobile. Before making a decision, you may wish to investigate a car insurance site to verify the cost.


Stephen Jeske is an avid outdoor enthusiast with a passion for coffee. He frequently writes on a variety of topics including careers, small business, and finding the best California car insurance.