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2012 Toyota Prius c Long Term Road Test

2012 Toyota Prius C: Second-Least Expensive Hybrid

March 12, 2013

2012 Toyota Prius C

There was a time when shoppers had to pay steep premiums for the privilege of enjoying hybrid technology. It was a backward way of looking at things, really. After all, the primary benefit of owning a hybrid is that it'll save you money at the gas pump, and if an unreasonably high price tag eats into those savings, the car's advantages become more nebulous. Cleaner emissions are great and all, but they won't put cash in your pocket.

These days, there are many hybrids that offer not just gas savings, but very affordable pricing as well. To celebrate this fact, we put together a list of the 10 least expensive hybrids. The hard-working Prius C was one of the top-ranking choices, with a second-place finish.

Other hybrids that made the cut include the Honda Insight, Honda CR-Z, Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid and Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid.

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor


Comments

  • noburgers_ noburgers_ Posts:

    I just saw one in orange--what a hideous car--it looked like a safety cone swallowed a mini cooper

  • darthbimmer darthbimmer Posts:

    When hybrids became suddenly chic several years ago, almost nobody was buying them because of a favorable long-term cost-benefit analysis. People bought them as status symbols: "I am displaying that I am more environmentally conscious than you." That's why the Prius sold like hotcakes while other hybrids sat on the lots. Its looks were just quirky enough to be immediately recognizable (and thus useful as a symbol) but not so strange as to seem alien.

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