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In 2012, gas prices stayed steady at about $4.25 a gallon and it has been predicted that the price for a gallon of gas will be more than $5.00 in 2013. Compact cars are as popular as ever due to their fuel efficiency and ease of handling. They are great for city driving and especially for squeezing into that last coveted parking spot. To address their growing popularity, automakers are presenting more stylish models each year. However, the offerings can be mind boggling for car shoppers, so here is a list of the five most fuel efficient compact cars on the market for 2013. We’ll also include a brief yet concise overview of each car’s best features, so you can car shop with ease and confidence.

1. Toyota Prius C

The 2013 Toyota Prius C is one of the most in-demand vehicles in the United States. It is a constructed from lightweight materials to reduce the weight and is 19-inches shorter than the first Prius. The Prius has a 1.5 liter, 4-cyclinder and with 99 horsepower. With getting 53 mpg, the Prius C is considered to be the most fuel efficient vehicle on the market. The selling date has not been released; however, the retail starting price for the 2013 Toyota Prius C will be under $19,000.

2. Ford Fusion Hybrid

The Ford Fusion has been rated by the EPA to get 47 miles per gallon in the city, on the highway and a combination. The 2013 Ford Fusion is 188 horsepower Fusion Hybrid variant and uses the same power train as the new Ford C-Max Hybrid. The new Fusion has a variety of sophisticated features such as exterior details such as contoured grooves in the hood and the Ford emblem above the grill, instead of in the center of grill. The Ford Fusion will be available at the end of September 2012. The retail starting price for the Ford Fusion will start at about $27, 995.

3. Honda Civic Hybrid

The Honda Civic Hybrid is the first hybrid that is a V-6 powered gasoline and electric vehicle. There will be five exterior colors to pick from, eternal blue pearl, opal silver blue metallic, shoreline mist metallic, taffeta white, and magnesium metallic. The Honda Civic is a roomy, sleek compact sedan that will seat five comfortably and it gets a combined 44 mpg. The starting price for the Honda Civic Hybrid will be about $24,000.

4. Toyota Camry Hybrid

The 2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid has a base price of $25,900 and comes with a lot of extra features such as power windows, remote key-less entry, air conditioning with a pollen filter, and an 8-way power driver seat. The Camry has a 2.5 liter, 4-cyclinder engine and 200 horsepower that will go from 0-60 in under 8 seconds. The Toyota Camry gets an average of 43 miles per gallon in the city and about 39 miles per gallon on the highway.

5. Honda Insight

The 2013 Honda Insight is being compared to the luxurious Lexus, but at a much more affordable price. The Insight has a base price of $18,350 and has been dubbed the most affordable hybrid. The insight has a 1.3 liter, 4-cyclinder engine and 98 horsepower. Features on the Insight include alloy wheels, heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals, Bluetooth hands-free system and leather wrapped steering wheel. The Honda Insight averages about 41 miles per gallon in the city and about 44 miles per gallon on the highway.

Author Bio:

Guest post contributed by Neil Hilden for Neil is a freelance writer with a penchant for fast cars. His articles appear on auto blogs.