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10 Best 40 MPG-or-Better Cars of 2013

7. 2013 Nissan (NSANY) Leaf
MSRP: $21,300
Miles per gallon: 106 city, 92 highway, 99 combined.
Electric charge range: 73 miles

This is the car people should be pointing to and shouting about when people say you can't get a decent electric vehicle for less than $25,000.

It's hard to believe the Leaf has been around since 2010, but this old-timer is still a great option for folks lacking a long commute and living in places such as the West Coast towns along Interstate 5's electric corridor with loads of access to chargers. That said, this car lacks the supercharging power of the Tesla and takes a good, long time to charge.

Once it's juiced up, however, its bevy of audio, navigation and app support features - including maps of nearby charging station -- are similar to that of the higher-priced Volt. The Leaf is just as silent, though, and is still one of the best EV options available for the money, even if advancing EV technology makes this aging model look like it's lingering in the slow lane.

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