11. Toyota Prius: Economical original
Base-price range: $25,035 – $30,835
Fuel economy ratings: 52-56 MPG
It might not be as fancy or as technologically sophisticated as a pure electric or plug-in hybrid car, but the Toyota Prius can still squeeze every last drop of fuel with the best of them.
A redesigned version of this midsize
hatchback bows for 2016, gaining more aggressive styling and further improvements to its efficiency. Prius remains a “traditional” (is it right to even use this word?) gas/electric hybrid, where either the electric motor or gasoline engine can drive the wheels. It’s a formula that has worked well for this car for nearly two decades, and it continues to work well now. Of particular note is the new “Eco” trim level that delivers an impressive 56 MPG city/highway combined fuel economy score. Note that the smaller Prius c hatchback and larger Prius v wagon continue for 2016 with no major changes from the previous model year. Also, as of this writing, there has been no information released about a next-generation Prius Plug-in Hybrid.