While the US auto market rejoices in its outstanding recovery, the fuel-efficient cars have been somehow left out of the celebration by the very low gasoline prices of late.
That has brought a faster pace to the already seen consumer shift towards larger, less fuel-efficient vehicles, such as SUVs, crossovers and pickup trucks. Nothing wrong with that, but many people know the situation might not last and end up owning a gas-guzzler when the gallon goes up to $4 again. Additionally, being less wanted means fuel-efficient cars can be had at prices that were nowhere to be seen a year ago. Let’s take the lofty priced Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid for example: its MSRP is a not so decent $75,000. But mileage ratings are outstanding: 82 e-mpg city/highway in electric mode and 33 mpg in gas/electric mode. So let’s factor in the incentives – a $7,500 one-time federal tax credit and almost $19,000 in discounts from dealers and GM could land you a sweet deal.
Next up we have an all-electric battery-operated Focus, which has a MSRP of almost $30,000 but again goes down with the one-time $7,500 federal tax credit. It will get you around d76 miles on a single charge and additional incentives can shave off $3,500. If you fancy a larger, family oriented model that can get you efficiently on longer trips as well, you need to look no further from Hyundai’s Sonata hybrid, starting at a MSRP of $26,000 and rated at 36/40 mpg in the city and on the highway. Further on, you could simply have a more conservative view for your wheeled item, so the technically identical Kia Optima hybrid might just do the trick if you want to shun the Sonata. In case you still want style, lots of interior space and also feel US-proud, there’s an option there too. It’s the Ford Fusion Energi, the plug-in hybrid variant of the midsize sedan comes on top of the South Korean options with the possibility to link it to an electric outlet and thus forever skip the gasoline refueling trip. It’s a tad more expensive, at $34,800 but also gets a one-time $4,007 federal tax credit, can get you 20 miles on a charge and there are further incentives from dealers.