The average price of gasoline in the U.S. is $3.57 per gallon, which is about 10 cents cheaper than this time last year. However, don't expect to see gas prices drop all that much in the future. Despite record domestic oil and gas production, any extra gas that is refined is sent to the more lucrative export market.

That leaves consumers with little recourse other than to buy a car that uses less gas, or in some cases no gas at all. The following slideshow looks at the cheapest cars to drive in America, and the name at the top might be a surprise. Despite what you might have read, it's not Toyota's (NYSE:TM) Prius, nor is it a gas-sipping model from Ford (NYSE:F). Instead, this car gets an astounding 121 MPG equivalent, meaning it could save its owners more than $9,000 over five years in gasoline.

To get the name of that car, as well as the full lineup of cars that will take away that pain at the pump, check out the slideshow.

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