03/11/2013 10:01 am ET Updated May 11, 2013

Why It's Never Been Easier to Buy a Fuel-Efficient Vehicle

If you have no interest in alternative-fuel vehicles and would rather just drive a traditional gasoline powered car, you have every right to do so -- I won't hold it against you. However, if you've rejected hybrids, electric vehicles and diesels because of cost, weird driving dynamics or unusual styling, you may be running out of excuses. Cars that use some sort of alternative energy source are getting better looking, more fun to drive and are becoming more affordable everyday.

If you want a way to lessen America's dependence on foreign energy or simply reduce your carbon footprint, here are several new cars that make that transition fairly painless:

Why it's Never Been Easier to Buy a Fuel-Efficient Vehicle

None of these cars are perfect, but each does a really great job of not asking buyers to make huge compromises in terms of quality, style, price and efficiency.

What do you think? Are you likely to buy a more fuel-efficient car if its look, feel and price are similar to a more traditional car?