Introduction

Introduction

With fuel prices creeping up close to $3 per gallon again, efficiency is on a lot of car buyers' minds. But you don't have to buy a new vehicle to score a car or crossover capable of over 30 miles per gallon. We shopped around for high-mileage "green cars" in the $15,000 price range to show you just how much economy you can afford. Small cars, hybrids and diesels can all score well over 30 mpg’s, and we found 10 of the best choices on the market.
2008 Toyota Prius

2008 Toyota Prius

Price: $14,995
Mileage: 42,680
Price If You Bought It New: $21,500
Engine: 1.5-liter four-cylinder, 76 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 5

Selling Points: You can't compile a list of the best green cars under $15,000 without a Prius hybrid on it, and with good reason. Not only is the Prius going to net you 48 miles per gallon around town and 45 mpg on the highway, you're also going to get a well-built vehicle with more cargo room than you'd expect.
2010 Chevy Cobalt XFE

2010 Chevy Cobalt XFE

Price: $11,588
Mileage: 10,516
Price If You Bought It New: $16,470
Engine: 2.2-liter four-cylinder, 155 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: NA

Selling Points: Among the many different variations of the Chevrolet Cobalt, the XFE model stands alone as the MPG champ. This model will net 37 mile per gallon on the highway, better than most other non-hybrids on the road.
2011 Ford Fiesta

2011 Ford Fiesta

Price: $13,877
Mileage: 1,265
Price If You Bought It New: $13,320
Engine: 1.6-liter four-cylinder, 119 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: NA

Selling Points: This attractive sedan can hit 28 miles per gallon in the city and 37 mpg on the highway, and the Fiesta is as well screwed together as any car on the road. We might note that you can also buy one new for under $15k.
2006 Ford Escape Hybrid

2006 Ford Escape Hybrid

Price: $11,687
Mileage: 87,740
Price If You Bought It New: $26,900
Engine: 2.3-liter four-cylinder, 133 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: NA

Selling Points: How about a 30 mile per gallon fuel economy rating in city driving? The Ford Escape hybrid is the only small SUV that can provide that kind of efficiency, while at the same time providing plenty of room for you, your family and your things.
2009 Honda Civic Hybrid

2009 Honda Civic Hybrid

Price: $14,995
Mileage: 34,531
Price If You Bought It New: $23,650
Engine: 1.3-liter four-cylinder, 93 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: NA

Selling Points: How can you argue with a two-year-old hybrid with low mileage and fuel economy numbers of 40 miles per gallon in the city and 45 mpg on the highway? The Civic hybrid is attractive, roomy and terrifically efficient.
2007 Mini Cooper

2007 Mini Cooper

Price: $14,631
Mileage: 42,521
Price If You Bought It New: $18,050
Engine: 1.6-liter four-cylinder, 118 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 2.5

Selling Points: The Mini Cooper is one of the most recognizable vehicles on the road for a good reason. It looks great. You know what else is great? 36 miles per gallon on the highway.
2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

Price: $13,950
Mileage: 92,668
Price If You Bought It New: $23,990
Engine: 1.9-liter four-cylinder, 100 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 2

Selling Points: The Jetta TDI diesel is a smart alternative to a hybrid, with 30 miles per gallon in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. The Jetta also has a roomy, attractive interior and sporty driving characteristics.
2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid

2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid

Price: $14,999
Mileage: 40,434
Price If You Bought It New: $26,650
Engine: 2.5-liter four-cylinder, 158 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: NA

Selling Points: You may not have known that Nissan built a hybrid Altima, but the attractive-looking, battery-assisted sedan is definitely out there. What's more, the Altima Hybrid shares Toyota's tried and true hybrid system, offering 35 miles per gallon in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.
2008 Saturn Vue Green Line Hybrid

2008 Saturn Vue Green Line Hybrid

Price: $13,994
Mileage: 37,214
Price If You Bought It New: $25,645
Engine: 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 172 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: NA

Selling Points: The second-generation Saturn Vue Green Line Hybrid was only available for the 2008 model year, but it was attractive, roomy and capable of 25 miles per gallon in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. You can get a used Saturn for a low price, too, given the fact that General Motors discontinued the brand. Don't worry, though, you can get service at any GM dealer.
2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid

2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Price: $14,995
Mileage: 46,530
Price If You Bought It New: $26,200
Engine: 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 147 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: NA

Selling Points: The Camry Hybrid is a well-built sedan for the masses that just happens to get 33 miles per gallon in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. It doesn't hurt that used Camry Hybrids have good resale value.


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