THE SELL: An entry-level electric car.
THE TEST: If you’re charging your vehicle with electricity generated from renewable energy, EVs are the greenest on the market. But if you want to leave town, the limited range can be a deal breaker. Enter the Prius Plug-In Hybrid. An overnight charge gave the car enough battery power to go a scant 11 miles, but because the Prius comes with a hybrid engine, we were able to milk nearly 300 miles out of one 10.6-gallon tank of gas. Nice, especially since there’s room in back for a 29er.
THE VERDICT: A good value for urbanites who want the eco-cred of an EV and the range of a hybrid. Just know this: subfreezing temps can halve the battery life. 95MPGe (EPA tax credit of $2,500)