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Ford Fusion Hybrid
Sticker price: $27,625
Mileage: 36 hwy, 41 city

With the help of its soon-to-be-separated subsidiary, Volvo, Ford has made a big push to make a mark of its own in safety. So Ford's trophy case, including Volvo, Lincoln and Mercury, now includes more Top Safety Pick awards than any other manufacturer.

While the Prius beats it on price and fuel economy, the Fusion Hybrid offers a more conservative sedan appearance and is more enjoyable to drive on a day-to-day basis. It even offers Toyota-like levels of quality and dependability, according to independent surveys.

Besides all that, the best part about the Fusion Hybrid may be its engaging animated displays that help you make the most of its fuel-saving technology without distracting you from the road.

The Fusion Hybrid's nearly identical sibling, the Mercury Milan Hybrid, shares the safety award -- and all the advantages -- but in slightly different packaging.

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Last updated September 18 2009: 3:05 PM ET
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