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Toyota Camry Hybrid
Toyota Camry Hybrid
Hybrid value rank: 3
Time to recoup premium in fuel savings alone: 4.8 years

Typical cost: $25,200

Compared to: Toyota Camry XLE 4-cylinder

Hybrid cost premium: $1,381.46 (Based on Edmunds.com "True Market Value." No tax credits are available on Toyota vehicles.)

Overall mpg vs. non-hybrid: 33.7 vs. 27.6

Annual fuel saved: $303 (98 gallons)

The equipment level on the Toyota Camry Hybrid makes it most similar to the upper-level 4-cylinder version. That helps, because that means the Camry Hybrid gets compared to a more expensive car. That makes the Camry Hybrid a much better deal than if it were stripped-down version.

What makes this car's value all the more remarkable is that this calculation doesn't involve a tax credit. There are no tax credits available on Toyota products, anymore.

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Correction: An earlier version of this story displayed an incorrect rank and hybrid cost premium for the Camry Hybrid. We regret the error.

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