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Paul Taylor
The Over-40 Set
The Over-40 Set

Imagine getting fuel efficiency that reaches 40 mpg and beyond, on models that sell for thousands of dollars less than hybrids. Manufacturers have delivered just that with several new and redesigned gas-sipping rides for 2012 — many of them available for less than $20,000. In fact, much-improved gas economy is a top trend for this new model year, with Chevy and Hyundai weighing in with a handful of slick new rides in the 40-plus club. And, of course, it couldn’t come at a better time. Gas prices, already soaring, could rise even higher, reaching perhaps $4.50 a gallon, said Paul Taylor, chief economist for the National Automobile Dealers Assn.   Thankfully, it’s...

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