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Qualifying Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Cars and Trucks Certified for the Alternative Motor Vehicle Tax Credit

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The Internal Revenue Service has certified several vehicles as eligible for the alternative motor vehicle tax credit. This tax credit is available for purchasing fuel-efficient hybrid, electric, and diesel cars and trucks. The IRS has certified the maximum hybrid tax credit for the following vehicles:

    Qualifying Vehicles with No Model Year Indicated

  • Mercedes GL 320 Bluetec: $1,800
  • Mercedes ML 320 Bluetec: $900
  • Mercedes R 320 Bluetec: $1,550

    2009 Qualifying Vehicles

  • 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid 2WD: $3,000
  • 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid 4WD: $1,950
  • 2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid 2WD: $3,000
  • 2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid 4WD: $1,950
  • 2009 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0L TDI sedan: $1,300
  • 2009 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0L TDI SportWagen: $1,300

    2008 Hybrid Models

  • 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid: $1,300
  • 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid (2WD and 4WD): $2,200

  • 2008 Ford Escape 2WD Hybrid: $3,000
  • 2008 Ford Escape 4WD Hybrid: $2,200

  • 2008 GMC Yukon Hybrid (2WD and 4WD): $2,200

  • 2008 Honda Civic GX compressed natural gas vehicle: $4,000
  • 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid CVT: $2,100

  • 2008 Lexus LS 600h L Hybrid: $450
  • 2008 Lexus RX 400h 2WD and 4WD: $550

  • 2008 Mazda Tribute 2WD Hybrid: $3,000
  • 2008 Mazda Tribute 4WD Hybrid: $2,200

  • 2008 Mercury Mariner 2WD Hybrid: $3,000
  • 2008 Mercury Mariner 4WD Hybrid: $2,200

  • 2008 Nissan Altima Hybrid: $2,350

  • 2008 Saturn Aura Hybrid: $1,300
  • 2008 Saturn Vue Green Line: $1,550

  • 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid: $650
  • 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 4WD: $650
  • 2008 Toyota Prius: $787.50

    2007 Hybrid Models

  • 2007 Chevrolet Silverado (2WD): $250
  • 2007 Chevrolet Silverado (4WD): $650

  • 2007 Ford Escape 4 WD Hybrid: $1,950
  • 2007 Ford Escape Front WD Hybrid: $2,600

  • 2007 GMC Sierra (2WD): $250
  • 2007 GMC Sierra (4WD): $650

  • 2007 Honda Accord Hybrid AT: $1,300
  • 2007 Honda Accord Hybrid Navi AT: $1,300
  • 2007 Honda Civic GX compressed natural gas vehicle: $4,000
  • 2007 Honda Civic Hybrid CVT: $2,100

  • 2007 Lexus GS 450h: $1,550
  • 2007 Lexus RX 400h 2WD and 4WD: $2,200

  • 2007 Mercury Mariner 4 WD Hybrid: $1,950

  • 2007 Nissan Altima Hybrid: $2,350

  • 2007 Saturn Aura Green Line: $1,300
  • 2007 Saturn Vue Green Line: $650

  • 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid: $2,600
  • 2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2WD and 4WD: $2,600
  • 2007 Toyota Prius: $3,150

    2006 Hybrid Models

  • 2006 Chevrolet Silverado (2WD): $250
  • 2006 Chevrolet Silverado (4WD): $650

  • 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 4 WD: $1,950
  • 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid Front WD: $2,600

  • 2006 GMC Sierra (2WD): $250
  • 2006 GMC Sierra (4WD): $650

  • 2006 Honda Accord Hybrid AT: $1,300 (without updated control calibration qualifies for a credit amount of $650)
  • 2006 Honda Civic GX compressed natural gas vehicle: $4,000
  • 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid CVT: $2,100
  • 2006 Honda Insight CVT: $1,450

  • 2006 Lexus RX400h 2WD: $2,200
  • 2006 Lexus RX400h 4WD: $2,200

  • 2006 Mercury Mariner Hybrid 4 WD: $1,950

    2006 Hybrid Models

  • 2006 Toyota Highlander 2WD Hybrid: $2,600
  • 2006 Toyota Highlander 4WD Hybrid: $2,600
  • 2006 Toyota Prius: $3,150

    2005 Hybrid Models

  • 2005 Ford Escape 2WD Hybrid: $2,600
  • 2005 Ford Escape 4WD Hybrid: $1,950

  • 2005 Honda Accord Hybrid AT: $650
  • 2005 Honda Civic GX compressed natural gas vehicle: $4,000
  • 2005 Honda Civic Hybrid (SULEV) CVT: $1,700
  • 2005 Honda Civic Hybrid (SULEV) MT: $1,700
  • 2005 Honda Insight CVT: $1,450

  • 2005 Toyota Prius: $3,150

You will notice that several 2005 models are certified for the hybrid tax credit. If you bought a 2005 hybrid on or before December 31, 2005, you qualify for the clean fuel deduction, but not for the new hybrid credit. However, if you bought a 2005 hybrid on or after January 1, 2006, you will qualify for the new hybrid credit but not for the old clean fuel deduction.

Table of Contents
Alternative Motor Vehicle Tax Credit: Basic Info and Qualifications (page 1)
Alternative Motor Vehicle Tax Credit: Limitations, No Carryover, Tax Strategies (page 2)
List of All Vehicles Eligible for the Alternative Motor Vehicle (page 3)
Phaseout Time Periods and Dollar Amounts (page 4)

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