2012 Toyota Prius
2012 Toyota Prius

Best hybrid hatchback

The Toyota Prius, the best-selling hybrid vehicle in the world, gets an impressive EPA-estimated 50 mpg in combined driving. No other non-plug-in vehicle delivers better EPA-rated fuel economy. It's popular not only for its efficiency and earth-friendly image, but also for its spacious cabin and smooth ride quality. The Prius's wedge-shaped hatchback makes for an instantly recognizable look -- and impressive cargo capacity, too. Crash ratings for the Prius are uniformly good and reliability has been excellent. After its acclaimed 2010 redesign, the Prius has stayed largely unchanged. The Prius has been the prototypical hybrid since its introduction, and reviewers continue to call it the best all-around hybrid car available.
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Base MSRP: $24,000 to $29,805 Estimated Price
2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid
2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Best hybrid family sedan

Toyota wows critics with its revamped Camry Hybrid. While most hybrid family cars feel dull and slow to drive, the Camry Hybrid's actually peppy -- nearly as fast as a turbocharged gas sedan in one family-car shootout. With its strong reliability, solid crash protection and 41 mpg overall fuel economy, experts eagerly recommend the Camry Hybrid as one of the best family sedans you can buy. It's not as gas-miserly as the Prius, and its trunk can't swallow as much cargo, but the Camry Hybrid sedan feels substantially roomier for passengers, including 3 more inches of legroom in the backseat.
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Base MSRP: $25,990 to $27,500 Estimated Price
2012 Infiniti M35h
2012 Infiniti M35h

Best Luxury hybrid

This is no boring hybrid: The Infiniti M35h blows past all other hybrids in a five-second sprint to 60 mph, while sipping gas like a four-cylinder econocar (29 mpg overall). Its bulging bodywork cradles occupants in a lavish leather-and-wood cabin. It costs more than the V6-powered 2012 Infiniti M37 (Base MSRP: $47,700) on which it's based -- and certainly more than the more frugal-minded Best Reviewed cars here -- but remember that it accelerates like the V8-powered 2012 Infiniti M56 (Base MSRP: $58,450), and experts say the hybrid Infiniti starts to look like a very good deal indeed.
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Base MSRP: $53,700 Estimated Price
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