If you want to buy now, the 2012 Civic Hybrid is available, though in limited numbers. If you’re willing to wait a few months for the 2012 Prius, you would get better fuel economy and more variety in models, including the new Prius V.
The 2012 Civic Hybrid is more economical than its predecessors, with EPA ratings of 44/44 mpg city/highway, but the starting price has risen to $24,050. Toyota hasn’t announced prices for the 2012 Prius (including the Prius V), but the 2011 Prius starts at $23,520, so we would expect the 2012 version to be in the neighborhood of the Civic Hybrid. The current Prius has EPA ratings of 51/48 mpg, making it the industry’s fuel economy leader (except for electric vehicles).
Another consideration is that the Civic Hybrid comes only as a sedan, and the Prius and Prius V are hatchbacks that offer more cargo capacity and flexibility. The Prius V boasts an impressive 67.3 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded, rivaling some small SUVs.
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