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2011 Hyundai Elantra
One of the most surprisingly good new vehicles of the model year. Redesigned inside and out. Highway mileage tops 40 mpg. Premium feeling interior, with nifty controls angled toward the driver.
2011 Lexus CT 200h
A compact luxury car competing against the likes of Audi A3, BMW 1 Series and Volvo C30, the hybrid delivers some good fuel economy and a hatchback design we like for utility.
2011 Toyota Prius
The most fuel efficient everyday car on the market and the king of hybrids. The latest Prius picks up where the old one left off for providing green grins for its owners.
2012 Ford Focus
The new incarnation of the Ford Focus is a much better package and performer than the old model. But look out...if you check all the feature boxes, you can drive the sticker up to around $28,000.
2012 Honda Civic
The traditionally reliable Honda Civic has been redesigned inside and out. Premium materials inside give the car a more upscale feel than the old model. A tad slow off from a standing start, but it will provide drama-free commuting for its loyal buyers.