Top 10 Most Fuel Efficient Cars to Buy with "Cash for Clunkers" Money

Here are the Most Fuel Efficient Cars in the U.S.
The U.S. government's Cash for Clunkers program has been criticized for not being green enough and for being too expensive (we could reduce emissions by more with less money). But since it is there, and the extra $2 billion that has been re-injected into it hasn't run out yet, we might as well encourage people to get the most fuel-efficient cars they can get their hands on. Here's a list of the best cars to get with the Cash for Clunkers program.

Car dealers have submitted 457,476 claims valued at $1.9 billion as of this morning (August 20th), according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. This means that out of the total $3 billion, there's about $1.1 left in the Cash for Clunker piggy bank. According to the Wall Street Journal, the CARS program could end as soon as early September.

List of Best Cars to Buy After You Trade In Your Clunker
New vehicles must get at least a EPA rating of 22 MPG combined to be eligible. That's setting the bar pretty low, but it's not like there's a ton of car choices that get great MPG (at least in America). Below are the 10 most fuel efficient cars in the U.S. according to the EPA. Since you need 10 MPG or more above your clunker's combined MPG to get the maximum $4,500 amount, these cars are your best bet.

Here's the list (in descending order, ranked by combined MPG):

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10. Toyota Yaris (auto) - MPG: 29 City/35 Highway/31 Combined

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9. Ford Escape Hybrid FWD - MPG: 34 City/31 Highway/32 Combined

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8. Volkswagon Jetta Diesel (auto) - MPG: 29 City/40 Highway/33 Combined

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7. Toyota Camry Hybrid - MPG: 33 City/34 Highway/34 Combined

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6. Nissan Altima Hybrid - MPG: 35 City/33 Highway/34 Combined

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