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10. Scion iQ

Who says hybrid drivetrains, alternative fuel systems or expensive gas-saving technologies are prerequisites for green cars? When it comes to vehicle production and conserving the world's natural resources, significantly fewer materials are required to build a Scion iQ thanks to its petite dimensions, lightweight design and efficient 1.3-liter gasoline engine.

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10. Scion iQ Who says hybrid drivetrains, alternative
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10. Scion iQ

Who says hybrid drivetrains, alternative fuel systems or expensive gas-saving technologies are prerequisites for green cars? When it comes to vehicle production and conserving the world's natural resources, significantly fewer materials are required to build a Scion iQ thanks to its petite dimensions, lightweight design and efficient 1.3-liter gasoline engine.

9. Chevrolet Malibu Eco While recent nonhybrid compact
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9. Chevrolet Malibu Eco

While recent nonhybrid compact cars are notorious for flirting with the 40 mpg mark, conventional midsize sedans continue to hover in the mid-30s. The new Malibu seemingly bridges the efficiency gap between the two categories with eAssist, a system that conserves fuel by using a small lithium-ion battery to supplement the engine, along with regenerative braking and start-stop technology.

8. Hyundai Elantra The elusive 40 mpg mark
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8. Hyundai Elantra

The elusive 40 mpg mark is hit and miss for nonhybrid cars, but for the 2012 Hyundai Elantra, it’s an easy target. The Elantra obtains 40 highway mpg in all trim levels thanks to its fuel-efficient 4-cylinder engine.

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7. Lexus CT While exceptional fuel efficiency is
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7. Lexus CT

While exceptional fuel efficiency is a hybrid's primary objective, the Lexus CT 200h provides a fun-to-drive factor that few hybrids can equal. The CT 200h combines Lexus' award-winning quality with impressive fuel economy, dynamic handling and luxurious amenities.

6. Volkswagen Passat This version of VW's midsize
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6. Volkswagen Passat

This version of VW's midsize sedan is further proof of how clean and green diesels have become. The Passat's turbocharged diesel engine provides up to 43 mpg.

5. Honda Civic The Honda Civic has long
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5. Honda Civic

The Honda Civic has long been the vanilla ice cream of compact sedans. But for 2012, the Civic presents a choice of three engine types: gasoline, natural gas and hybrid gas/electric. All of them get close to 40 highway mpg.

4. Chevy Volt With its small gasoline engine
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4. Chevy Volt

With its small gasoline engine on standby to generate electricity should the batteries run out of juice, the Volt conquers "range anxiety" and makes for a car that can be filled with gas at a pump and electricity from an outlet. Sleek looks inside and out, plus room for four passengers and cargo, complete the package.

3. Mitsubishi i-MiEV The newest all-electric car on
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3. Mitsubishi i-MiEV

The newest all-electric car on the block is also the least expensive and has the best mile per-gallon equivalent at 112 MPGe. Starting at $29,125 less destination – or $21,625 when factoring in the federal tax credit incentive – the Mitsubishi i has room for four passengers, a 62-mile range rating and a small size that helps it slip into even the tightest spots.

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2. Nissan Leaf According to the EPA, the
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2. Nissan Leaf

According to the EPA, the Nissan Leaf has a rated range of 73 all-electric miles, and Nissan says it will go more than 100 miles on a single charge.

1. Toyota Prius c The c is the
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1. Toyota Prius c

The c is the smallest member of the growing Prius family, which includes the familiar hatchback that is synonymous with hybrids, a larger wagon and a plug-in model. The budget-friendly c offers up to 53 mpg in city driving, seating for five and more cargo space than its subcompact dimensions might suggest.

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