Many shoppers think that buying a fuel-efficient new car means spending a fortune, but our list of today's top green car deals and incentives proves that you don't have to spend big money to get a fuel-efficient new model. Best of all, our list even includes several incentives on some of today's best and most popular green cars.

Chevrolet Volt

The Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in hybrid hatchback with a practical interior and an electric motor capable of propelling the car around 35 miles before the gasoline engine kicks in. In May, 2014 Volt models are available with two good deals: one for drivers looking to finance, and the other for shoppers who would prefer to lease. For qualified finance shoppers, Chevrolet is offering 0 percent interest for up to 48 months. Drivers who would rather lease can get a 36-month term with payments from $269 per month, a good deal that only requires $2,700 down at lease signing.

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Ford Focus Electric

The 5-door Ford Focus Electric is a compact hatchback that offers a fully electric engine with no range-extending gasoline powerplant. Capable of traveling 76 miles on a single charge, the 2014 Focus Electric is offered this month with an excellent incentive. Not only is Ford offering the Focus Electric with 0 percent interest for up to 60 months, the automaker is also touting up to $6,000 cash back. Best of all, those deals can be combined, making this one of the best electric car bargains on the market today.

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Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf is a fully electric 5-door hatchback that can travel around 75 miles on electric power alone. In May, Nissan is offering several excellent incentives and special offers on the 2014 Leaf, including a new deal for shoppers interested in paying cash. That offer touts up to $2,500 back for cash buyers on any new Leaf model, a strong figure that's completely separate from federal tax credits. The Leaf is also available with 0 percent interest for up to 72 months, and a 36-month lease term with payments starting at $199 per month after $1,999 down at lease signing.

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Toyota Prius v

The Toyota Prius v is a 5-door hybrid hatchback that offers excellent gas mileage and more interior room than a standard Prius. In May, the 2014 Prius v also offers two appealing incentives from Toyota. The best deal is for qualified shoppers looking to finance: Through the end of the month, Toyota is offering 0 percent interest for up to 60 months on all Prius v models. But lease shoppers can also get a good deal, as Toyota is touting a 36-month term with payments from $279 per month after $2,678 down at lease signing.

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Volkswagen Passat TDI

It may not be a hybrid, but the 2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI uses diesel technology to achieve similarly excellent gas mileage: 31 miles per gallon in the city and 43 mpg on the highway, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. In May, the diesel-powered Passat is also available with two excellent deals. The best is for qualified shoppers looking to finance a Passat TDI, as they can get 0.9 percent interest for up to 60 months. But drivers who would rather lease can also get a good deal, as Volkswagen is touting a 36-month term with payments from $309 per month after $2,349 down at lease signing.

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What it means to you: If you're interested in a fuel-efficient new car, our list of green car deals and incentives is an excellent place to start.

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Doug DeMuro has a wide range of automotive industry experience, from work at a Ferrari dealership to a manager for Porsche North America. A lifelong car enthusiast, Doug's eclectic vehicle purchases include a Porsche 911 Turbo, an E63 AMG wagon, an old Range Rover and a Mercedes Benz G-wagen.

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