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The Best Priced Hybrids of the 2016 Model Year

Written By, NowCar Team

While gas prices have been relatively low throughout 2015, auto makers are still focused on producing more and more hybrids and other fuel-efficient models in an effort to reach high fuel economy standards coming in the near future.

So if you're looking to save even more on gas, now is the perfect time to consider a hybrid. But which one do you choose? Each and every manufacturer has at least a few hybrids in their lineup, most of which are simply hybrid versions of existing models. This can make buying a car online much more difficult if you're looking for a hybrid. 

If you want to save as much as possible, though, the following hybrids are the best priced to sell during the 2016 model year.

2016 Toyota Prius c - Starting Price: $19,560

2016 Toyota Prius c

You're after the absolute best priced hybrids, which means you're after the 2016 Prius c. Starting at just $19,650, it's not only the lowest priced hybrid on the market, but also one of the most efficient at 50 combined mpg (53 city/46 highway). 

It's not the fastest, or the most feature-packed hybrid you'll come across, but for under $20,000, the Prius c is all about saving up front on the car and saving down the road on gas.

2016 Honda CR-Z - Starting Price: $20,295

2016 Honda CR-Z Hybrid

One  of the things most traditional car buyers hate about hybrids is the style. The Prius, as well as the C-Max, fall into the category of hybrids that look too much like hybrids. They stand out, but not in the way that makes heads turn like most car buyers want.

With the Honda CR-Z, though, the company's goal was to give younger buyers a hybrid option that would stand out from the hybrid their mom or dad would buy. Based on the popular CR-X, the CR-Z is a small, two-seater hatchback with a sleek, sporty look. 

It's certainly not the most fuel efficient hybrid available, only reaching 39 mpg city and 36 mpg highway; however, it is one of the most affordable  thanks to a starting price of only $20,295. 

For a new generation, it makes for a pretty cool first car. 

2016 Ford C-MAX - Starting Price: $24,170 

2016 Ford C-Max Hybrid

The Ford C-MAX may look like an oversized Ford Fiesta hatchback, but the little hybrid packs a lot of value at a starting price under $25,000. Able to achieve 42 city mpg and 37 highway mpg, it can't compete with the Prius in terms of fuel efficiency, but it does offer drivers more of a "regular car" feel when compared to Toyota's hybrids.

Offering a 2.0-liter engine that produces 141 hp and 129 lb-ft of torque on its own, the C-MAX's small electric motor gives it a combined 188 hp . That's nearly double the 99 total hp produced by the 2016 Prius c, which also leads to an 8.1-second 0-60 mph time. 

In addition to extra power, the C-MAX has  been praised for its overall refinement and handling. Many drivers may find it hard to get used to a hybrid's slow driving and stuffy mechanics, making the C-MAX a worthy alternative for those currently in the market.

The hybrids featured on this list aren't meant to necessarily reflect the best overall pick. You may find one of the higher-priced options better suits your lifestyle, but if your goal is to find a reasonably-priced car that's incredibly efficient these are great picks!