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2012 Toyota Prius C

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price: $18,950

When it comes to fuel economy, commuters know that their ideal vehicle isn’t the one that can tear up the highway at a treacherous speed. It’s the one that goes easy on fuel consumption, and the 2012 Toyota Prius C does precisely that.

“Commuting, particularly in urban areas, often means traveling in stop-and-go traffic,” said Karl Brauer, CEO and editor-in-chief of TotalCarScore.com, in an e-mail. “This is where the Prius C shines, sipping fuel at an earth-friendly 53 mpg in city driving.”