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If you're interested in a fuel-efficient car that boasts reasonable pricing and affordable ownership costs, you've come to the right place. We've listed six of our favorite certified pre-owned (CPO) cars that get at least 30 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving. While none of these models offers the feeling you get from owning a totally new car, each one comes with the peace of mind of having an excellent factory-backed certified pre-owned warranty -- and a huge discount compared to a brand-new model.

2011-2015 Chevrolet Volt

The Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in hybrid hatchback that offers not just more than 30 mpg, but a 30-mile fully electric range before the gasoline engine kicks in and extends the range. That's excellent news for shoppers looking to save money on fuel, as the Volt's electric motor offers more than enough juice for many commutes -- and enough for most drivers' weekend errands, too. While new Volt models are pricey, certified pre-owned versions are available with some excellent deals: There are more than 400 different certified pre-owned Volt models on Autotrader with an average asking price of just $18,400. The icing on the cake is the fact that each comes with Chevrolet's certified pre-owned warranty, which offers 1 year or 12,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage and up to 5 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain protection.

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2013-2014 Ford C-MAX

The Ford C-MAX is a hybrid-powered hatchback that offers a roomy, practical interior and strong fuel economy numbers that reach as high as 42 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. We also like the long list of available equipment, which includes some high-end luxury items, such as an automated parallel parking system, leather upholstery with heated front seats, and an automatic tailgate that will open if you wave your foot underneath the bumper. The best part: There are currently almost 250 different certified pre-owned C-MAX models on Autotrader, and each one comes with Ford's 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty at an average asking price of just over $18,000.

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2011-2014 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is a fuel-efficient midsize sedan that offers a roomy interior, a smooth ride, and all the midsize sedan amenities you might expect -- plus a 2.4-liter hybrid 4-cylinder engine that returns up to 36 mpg city/40 mpg hwy. Although the Sonata Hybrid was recently redesigned for 2015, we like the outgoing model, especially since you can get one with Hyundai's certified pre-owned warranty, which offers bumper-to-bumper coverage for up to 5 years or 60,000 miles and powertrain protection for 10 years or 100,000 miles. If you're interested, you won't have to look far to find the right Sonata Hybrid: There are currently almost 200 examples listed on Autotrader with an average asking price of around $17,700.

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2011-2015 Lexus CT 200h

The Lexus CT 200h is a hybrid hatchback that puts a luxurious spin on the popular Toyota Prius. No, the CT doesn't quite tout the Prius's interior room or its fuel economy, as the CT 200h's 43 mpg city/40 mpg hwy falls short of the Prius's 50 mpg combined rating. However, the Lexus offers a long list of impressive features, such as leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a 7-inch center screen with Lexus's Enform infotainment system. Of course, every CT also includes the high-end Lexus brand name and associated excellent customer service. If you pick a certified pre-owned model, you'll get one of the best warranties in the business: 3 years or 100,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage from your purchase date. If that sounds appealing, you'll have a lot of enticing options to choose from, as there are more than 350 different certified pre-owned CT models on Autotrader with an average asking price of around $24,400 -- a big discount from the hatchback's new base price of around $32,200 with shipping.

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2011-2015 Nissan Leaf

When it comes to the Nissan Leaf, you can forget all about mpg. The Leaf is fully electric, and it offers a range of around 70 miles between charges, which is more than enough to handle most drivers' commutes or errands. The Leaf also offers an excellent certified pre-owned warranty, which touts 7 years or 100,000 miles of total coverage -- good peace of mind, given the vehicle's unorthodox technology. The best part is that certified pre-owned Leaf models are surprisingly inexpensive, as there are more than 100 different examples currently listed on Autotrader with an average price of around $13,500.

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2010-2015 Toyota Prius

The Toyota Prius is an obvious choice for this list. Fuel economy is one reason: The Prius gets 50 mpg in combined city and highway driving, which is practically unrivaled among even the most efficient of today's cars. However, the Prius also boasts a surprisingly large interior with a big cargo area and a roomy backseat. Then there's pricing: Choose a certified pre-owned Prius and you'll get Toyota's excellent CPO warranty, which offers 1 year or 12,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage and 7 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain protection, plus a wide selection of cars to choose from -- around 1,400 on Autotrader -- for an average price of just $17,900. Simply put, there's a reason why so many people interested in an affordable, fuel-efficient family car end up with a Prius. Many reasons, in fact.

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