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Fuel-efficient used cars can be money savers

Commutes are getting longer and gas has skyrocketed to $4 a gallon. New hybrid cars have impressive fuel economy. But it'll cost you. The 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid, for example, has a suggested starting price of $22,600. A bare-bones Toyota Prius from this year has a suggested retail price of $21,500. You might want instead to consider a used car with good mileage. The July issue of Consumer Reports magazine lists these used cars with the best gas mileage, according to its tests, in a given price range. Associated Press Less than $10,000

2000 Honda Insight (manual) 51 miles per gallon

2001-02 Toyota Prius, 41 mpg

2000-05 Toyota Echo (manual) 38 mpg

1998-2002 Chevrolet Prizm 32 mpg

1998 Mazda Protege LX 32 mpg

1998-2000 Toyota Corolla CE/LE 32/31 mpg $10,000 to $20,000

2004-06 Toyota Prius 44 mpg

2003 Toyota Prius 41 mpg

2006-07 Honda Civic Hybrid 37 mpg

2003-05 Honda Civic Hybrid 36 mpg

2007 Honda Fit Sport (manual) 34 mpg

2007 Toyota Yaris Liftback (manual) 34 mpg

Fuel-efficient used cars can be money savers 07/01/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 1, 2008 7:04pm]

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