Possibly the biggest dilemma consumers today are concerned about is purchasing a new car. We all want the most bang for our buck and to buy a car that is not only inexpensive to purchase but will also save us money at the gas pump and on our insurance premium. The following is a list of some of the top money saving cars on the market today.
2013 Ford Focus
The Ford Focus is a compact sized car that is rated to get up to 40 miles per gallon. The Focus is available in three styles; the hatchback, the sedan and the plug-in. While all of the models will achieve the optimal fuel economy, the plug-in model is the only one that can be plugged into Ford's home charging system. With the plug-in feature, the Focus does not need require any fuel; therefore, it can get up to 99 miles per gallon.
The base model Focus starts out at only $16,700 and the plug-in model starts out at $38,000. Even with the low cost, to get into the Focus, drivers will still enjoy the vast range of standard and optional features that will make the drive more comfortable and convenient.
2013 Toyota Rav4 EV
The all-new Toyota Rav4 is the first all-electric SUV on the market. While the SUV starts out at $49,000, the SUV uses no fuel, therefore, the cost of ownership is far less than it's competition. A big difference between the Rav4 and it's hybrid competition is that this electric SUV has a maximum speed of 100 miles per hour while it's competitors are lucky to see 70. While the All Wheel Drive powertrain is currently unavailable, the higher stance and features of this SUV will help it to go wherever you want it to go.
2013 Chevrolet Volt
The Chevy Volt gives drivers the best of both worlds. With this car, you can have the efficiency of electric but the range of gas. Drivers can go up to 38 miles on one charge in the Volt, after which time, the gas powered hybrid engine kicks in. When the Volt is on gas mode, it can still get up to 40 miles per gallon. Most Volt owners report that they are able to fill their tank just once a month. Some drivers can get up to 900 miles before they need to stop at a gas station. This car is a state of the art four door sedan that offers the same options and standard equipment that other family sedans offer. With a sticker price of just $39,000 plus tax incentives for a fuel efficient vehicle, this sedan is one of the best money saving cars on the market today.
2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid
The Ford Fusion is known as a fuel saving sedan. For the model year 2013, Ford has completely eliminated the V6 engine, even in the AWD model. All models of the Fusion this year are going to be more efficient than it's predecessor but only the Hybrid model will sport up to 47 miles per gallon. The car itself has undergone a complete makeover inside and out. This makeover did not stop there. Ford has implemented various options that help to keep the power drivers love with the economy that they need. Starting price for the Fusion hybrid is about $28,000 although the government is offering numerous tax incentives for purchasing a fuel efficient vehicle. This makes the Fusion one of the top money saving cars in the model year 2013.
2013 Toyota Prius C
The Toyota Prius is no doubt the pioneer in hybrid vehicles. It was one of the first in its class to produce the technology needed to achieve close to 50 miles per gallon. This is the base model Prius which is the only hybrid sedan that is priced at under $20,000. This sedan has the same technology advances as other sedans, but without the high cost. Not only is this an affordable vehicle to get into and to drive, it is considered one of the safest models in its class which also lowers insurance costs.
2013 Honda Civic Hybrid
The Honda Civic is a midsize sedan or coupe that has always been a front-runner in it's class. Even the base model comes with features like Bluetooth technology and hybrid efficiency although it still has a starting price of $24,000. This price is very competitive with it's gas powered competitors, but it provides the money saving elements that can only be found in a hybrid vehicle.
2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid
If you were to look at the overall cost of ownership, the Toyota Camry is the leader. Studies have shown that 90% of all Camry's are still on the market 10 years after they have been built. Today's Camry is a stylish, sleek and luxurious sedan that can be powered by a 4 cylinder engine, the high powered V6 or the economical hybrid engine. While most companies will charge more for the hybrid technology, the Camry Hybrid still has a starting price of just over $20,000. Keep in mind that the average fuel costs for the hybrid model does not exceed $1200 since the Camry Hybrid maintains an MPG of over 40.
All drivers want the same thing out of their vehicle, power, performance and economy. While there are not many vehicles that have it all, there are a few. The list of the top money saving vehicles for the 2013 model year will help you to find the perfect money saving car that will meet or exceed all of your expectations.
Kevin Beene is a blogger who writes about saving money. His articles appear on personal finance blogs, auto blogs, home owners blogs and more. Click here for a car insurance quote.