If you're searching for a new car that's good on gas, you might think that you'll have to pay more for the privilege of excellent fuel efficiency. But our list of green car deals and special offers shows that some of today's top fuel-efficient new models can be had with steep discounts and incentives.
The Chevrolet Volt is a popular plug-in hybrid that can travel around 30 miles on purely electric power before a "range-extending" gasoline engine kicks in. In February, the 2014 Volt is offered with an incentive for qualified shoppers interested in financing. Through the end of the month, those drivers can get 0 percent interest for up to 48 months -- a good deal on the hatchback's latest model year. And while there's no cash-back incentive, shoppers paying in full can still take a $7,500 tax credit on all 2014 Volt models when it comes time to pay their income taxes.
The Ford C-MAX is a 5-door hatchback that boasts excellent fuel economy from its standard hybrid 4-cylinder. In February, Ford is offering two good deals on the 2014 C-MAX. For drivers looking to finance, the brand is touting interest rates from 0 percent for 36 months, 0.9 percent for 48 months or 1.9 percent for 60 months. Meanwhile, those paying in full can take an extra $1,000 off. The deal is even sweeter for leftover 2013 models, which are available with 0 percent interest for up to 60 months and up to $3,000 cash back.
Kia Optima Hybrid
The Kia Optima Hybrid is a 4-cylinder hybrid midsize sedan that boasts fuel economy ratings of 36 miles per gallon in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. In February, Kia's best deals are on the 2013 Optima Hybrid, which boasts up to $2,000 cash back for buyers paying in full. If you're trading in a competitive model or if you currently own a Kia, the brand can sweeten that deal with an extra $500 cash back. Additionally, current members of the military and honorably discharged veterans can get an extra $400 cash back on all Kia models through the end of the month.
The Nissan Leaf is a fully electric 5-door hatchback capable of traveling around 75 miles on a single charge. In February, the 2014 Leaf is offered with two incentives. For qualified shoppers looking to finance, Nissan is touting 0 percent interest for up to 36 months. But the best deal is for drivers looking to lease. Through the end of February, Nissan is offering a 36-month term with payments from just $199 per month after $1,999 down at lease signing. Of course, drivers who pay with cash for a Leaf can also take a $7,500 federal tax credit when it comes time to pay their taxes.
The Toyota Prius is among the most popular green cars on the market thanks to excellent gas mileage and practical packaging. In February, the 2014 Prius is offered with two incentives. For shoppers looking to lease, Toyota is touting payments from $249 per month for 36 months after $2,648 down at lease signing. Drivers who would rather finance a 2014 Prius can also get a good deal, as Toyota is offering 0 percent interest for up to 48 months. But the best deal is available on the 2013 Prius, as Toyota is touting 0 percent interest for a whopping 72-month term.
What it means to you: Our list of green car deals proves that you don't have to spend a fortune to get a fuel-efficient new car.