Winner: Saturn Vue Green Line

Winner: Saturn Vue Green Line

Cost: $26,920
Fuel economy (CR test): 28 mpg
Total 5-year savings: $4,550

The Saturn Vue Green Line comes out on top when looking at five-year total cost savings, according to Consumer Reports.

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Winner: Toyota Camry Hybrid

Winner: Toyota Camry Hybrid

Cost: $28,460
Fuel economy (CR test): 34 mpg
Total 5-year savings: $4,250

Consumer Reports compared the Toyota Camry Hybrid, with its relatively luxurious appointments, with the upscale Toyota Camry XLE with a four-cylinder engine. Given that, the added cost of the Camry's hybrid system was only about $1,700.

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Winner: Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid

Winner: Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid

Cost: $55,585
Fuel economy (CR test): 19 mpg
Total 5-year savings: $3,700

It might seem odd that a vehicle that gets 19 miles per gallon would save buyers more money the Toyota Prius, which gets 44 mpg but is further down the list.

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Winner: Ford Escape Hybrid

Winner: Ford Escape Hybrid

Cost: $30,750
Fuel economy (CR test): 27 mpg
Total 5-year savings: $2,970

Consumer Reports looked at costs for the four-wheel-drive Escape and its four-wheel-drive non-hybrid twin.

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Winner: Toyota Prius

Winner: Toyota Prius

Cost: $24,170
Fuel economy (CR test): 44 mpg
Total 5-year savings: $2,000

Despite its high fuel economy, the Prius ranks relatively low in Consumer Reports' analysis in part because the magazine compared the Prius to the Toyota Corolla compact car.

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Winner: Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Winner: Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Cost: $25,545
Fuel economy (CR test): 27 mpg
Total 5-year savings: $1,800

The Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid uses the same "mild hybrid" system as the Saturn Vue Green Line SUV, but in the Malibu it doesn't offer quite as much benefit. Consumer Reports saw a four-mile-per-gallon gain.

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Winner: Nissan Altima Hybrid

Winner: Nissan Altima Hybrid

Cost: $25,675
Fuel economy (CR test): 32 mpg
Total 5-year savings: $1,600

The Nissan Altima Hybrid would be a money-loser for its owners, according to Consumer Reports, were it not for federal tax credits.

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Winner: Saturn Aura Green Line

Winner: Saturn Aura Green Line

Cost: $26,020
Fuel economy (CR test): 27 mpg
Total 5-year savings: $1,050

The Saturn Aura Green Line is built on the same fundamental engineering platform as the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid.

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Winner (by a hair): Civic Hybrid

Winner (by a hair): Civic Hybrid

Cost: $23,270
Fuel economy (CR test): 37 mpg
Total 5-year savings: $25

Without federal tax credits, the Honda Civic Hybrid, which costs about $4,800 more than the Civic LX non-hybrid, wouldn't pay off for its owners until the seventh year of driving, according to Consumer Reports.

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Loser: Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Loser: Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Cost: $43,835
Fuel economy (CR test): 24 mpg
Total 5-year savings: -$1,250 (loss)

Because of its high cost, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid would take more than eight years to pay for itself, compared with the non-hybrid Highlander, according to Consumer Reports.

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Loser: Lexus RX 400h

Loser: Lexus RX 400h

Cost: $50,650
Fuel economy (CR test): 23 mpg
Total 5-year savings: -$1,500 (loss)

The Lexus RX 400h gets only four more miles per gallon than the non-hybrid RX, but it costs about $3,900 more, according to Consumer Reports' analysis. To make matters worse, Toyota vehicles no longer qualify for federal tax credits.

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Loser: Lexus GS 450h

Loser: Lexus GS 450h

Cost: $60,425
Fuel economy (CR test): 23 mpg
Total 5-year savings: -$5,500 (loss)

The GS 450h's hybrid drive system is tuned more for performance than for ultimate fuel savings. Since it gets just three more miles per gallon than the non-hybrid car, the 450h is the biggest cost-effectiveness loser in this bunch, according to Consumer Reports.

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