Going green doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg – not if you buy these Best Cheap Hybrid Cars. Be aware, however, that you may not recoup your initial investment for several years. But, if you do want to put forth your best wheels that are great for the environment, consider the following:

  • Honda InsightAOL Autos lists the midsize, all-new for 2010 Honda Insight hybrid four-door sedan as its number one “Cheap Hybrids.” Available in LX and EX trim levels, Insight is powered by a 1.3-liter gasoline engine and a 13-hp electric motor, attached to a continuously variable transmission. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimated fuel economy is 43 miles per gallon (mpg) city/40 mpg highway. U.S. News and World Report says Insight is “fun to drive, smoother braking than expected from hybrids, cutting-edge graphics…ample cargo room,” but has “cramped rear seat with little headroom, not as fuel efficient as other hybrids, [and] no stability control on the base trim.” Edmunds adds “Insight largely improves upon the tried-and-true formula of the rival Prius and it costs thousands less.”
  • Toyota Prius In second place in AOL Autos “Cheap Hybrids” list is the all-new for 2010, third-generation Toyota Prius, whose hybrid powertrain technology pairs a 1.8-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine with an electric drive motor. Together, they produce a combined 134 horsepower, mated to a continuously variable transmission. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 48 mpg city/45 mpg highway. Prius is available in five trim levels and its hybrid components are backed by an 8-year/100,000 mile warranty. U.S. News and World Report comments Prius has “more interior and storage space than other hybrids, class-leading fuel economy,” but knocks “artificial steering feel” and “polarizing styling.” Also check out 2007-2009 Prius models for even more savings.
  • Chevrolet Malibu HybridBuilt on the same platform as the Saturn Aura Hybrid, the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid sedan ranks number four on the AOL Autos “Cheap Hybrids” list. Power comes from a 36-volt electric motor/generator coupled with a 164-hp 2.4-liter Ecotec VVT (variable valve transmission) four-cylinder engine and four-speed transmission. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 26 mpg city/34 mpg highway. The nickel metal hydride (NiMH) battery is covered by an 8-year/100,000 mile warranty. U.S. News and World Report singles out the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu “Hybrid version of one of the top midsize sedans, spacious interior with supportive seating, smooth ride not often associated with hybrid sedans.” Consumer Guide says “this midsize sedan stands out for its refined powertrains, smart interior design and value pricing…we especially like the smooth, quiet 4-cylinder engine and frugal Hybrid.”

Want more Best Cheap Hybrid Cars to consider? Check out the Honda Civic and Accord hybrids, Toyota Camry Hybrid, Saturn Aura and Vue hybrids, Nissan Altima Hybrid, Ford Fusion Hybrid, and Mercury Milan Hybrid.

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