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2001 - '03 Toyota Prius
MPG: 41
Estimated cost: $6,700 - $13,225

The first-generation Prius lacks the hatchback styling of the later version. Consumer Reports notes that "the cabin feels roomy inside, but the battery pack robs trunk space."

A 2005 redesign also improved brakes that the magazine called "touchy."

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Last updated June 03 2008: 4:14 PM ET
Source: Fuel economy and Estimated Cost according to Consumer Reports' testing. Estimated Cost may include versions not named.