5. Lexus ES300h (40 mpg)
The Lexus ES used to be a symbol of boring, drab luxury. However, with the new model, which is based on the same platform as the Toyota Avalon, the ES300h hybrid benefits from having a solid powertrain, which puts out 200 hp, and manages 40 mpg from its 2.5L four-cylinder and electric motor.
For $38,850, you also get Lexus’ impressive styling with that great looking spindle grille, not to mention the standard Lexus interior quality, which looks great, and manages to be comfortable for longer trips.