Gas equivalent: Lexus IS 250 (Base price: $35,065)
Savings on a hybrid: 8.6% Even though the CT 200h lists for 8.6% less than its closest gas-powered cousin (the Lexus IS 250), the hybrid offers a stunning 43 mpg/city and 40 mpg/highway -- the best fuel efficiency for any mainstream compact luxury car. By contrast, a base IS 250 gets just 21 mpg/city and 30 mpg/highway. The CT 200h, the least-expensive 2013 offered by the Lexus unit of Toyota ( TM), also offers good looks, a quality ride and lots of high-tech accoutrements. One standout feature is the car's Remote Touch controller, which allows you to run the CT 200h's audio, climate and other systems using a built-in PC-like mouse. "The CT 200h is an attractive little hatchback and a really pleasant car to drive," Clarke says.