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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.

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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).

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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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Answered by Rick Popely on June 16, 2011 in Green/Hybrid Cars , Honda , Honda Civic , Toyota , Toyota Prius | Permalink

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