You don't have to spend big money just to get a fuel-efficient new car. Sure, green cars are in demand these days, but our list of green car deals proves that many of today's most miserly new models are still available with an incentive here or a special offer there to take a few bucks off the final price.
The Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in hybrid capable of traveling around 40 miles on electric power alone. This month, the 2014 Volt is available with incentives for shoppers interested in leasing or financing their next car. For drivers looking to lease, Chevrolet is touting payments from $269 per month for 36 months after $2,679 down at lease signing. For qualified shoppers who would rather finance, Chevrolet is offering the Volt with 0 percent interest for up to 48 months -- an unusually long term for a 2014 model. Unfortunately for shoppers looking to pay in full, the Volt isn't available this month with any cash-back deals.
The Ford C-MAX is a 5-door hatchback that boasts hybrid or electric power. In January, the 2014 C-MAX Hybrid offers an excellent finance deal, touting interest rates as low as 0 percent for 36 months, 0.9 percent for 48 months or 1.9 percent for 60 months. Shoppers who can still find a 2013 C-MAX get 0 percent for up to 60 months -- an offer than can be combined with up to $2,000 cash back. Those paying in full can also take up to $2,000 cash back. And drivers who would prefer an electric vehicle will find the plug-in C-MAX Energi boasts the exact same incentives as its hybrid stablemate.
Kia Optima Hybrid
The Kia Optima Hybrid is a sleek midsize sedan with a hybrid powertrain capable of delivering 36 miles per gallon in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. This month, the 2013 Optima Hybrid is offered with several incentives, whether shoppers are looking to lease, finance or pay with cash. For cash buyers, Kia is touting deals as high as $2,000 cash back. The deal is nearly as good for shoppers looking to finance, as Kia is offering 0 percent interest for up to 36 months, or 1.9 percent for 72 months -- an offer that can be combined with $1,500 cash back. Finally, Kia is touting a special lease deal that boasts payments from $229 per month for 36 months after $1,999 down at signing.
The compact Mazda CX-5 crossover is among the most fuel-efficient SUVs on the market thanks to the brand's unique SkyActiv technology. In January, it's offered with two incentives. For shoppers interested in financing, the 2014 CX-5 is available with 0.9 percent interest for up to 60 months. Drivers who would rather lease can also get a good deal, as Mazda is offering a 36-month term with payments from $249 per month after $2,000 down at lease signing.
The Toyota Prius is a perennial favorite among shoppers interested in saving money on fuel with a high-mileage hybrid car. In January, choosing a Prius makes even more sense thanks to several incentives from Toyota. The best deal is for shoppers looking to finance a 2013 Prius, as they can get 0 percent interest for up to 72 months. But drivers who want a 2014 model can also get low-interest financing, as Toyota is offering 0 percent rates for up to 48 months. Finally, Toyota is touting lease deals on the 2014 Prius starting at $269 per month for 36 months after $2,668 down at lease signing.
What it means to you: Our list of green car deals will help you buy a fuel-efficient new car and save money in the process.