Over 20 models of hybrid vehicles - including passenger cars and trucks - are eligible for purchase under the federal rebate program cash-for-clunkers which kicked off Monday to boost sales of vehicles in the strained U.S. auto industry.

The cash-for-clunkers program requires interested buyers to trade in an old vehicle they own in exchange for a rebate which can be up to $4,500. The award must be used for the purchase of a brand new car or truck through an auto dealer registered to participate in the government's program.

Below is a list of eligible hybrid vehicles, according to a compilation of data from the website Edmunds.com, based on fuel efficiency data from the Environmental Protection Agency:

Passenger cars:

2009 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid

2009 Honda Civic 4 cyl hybrid

2010 Honda Insight

2009/2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid

2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid

2009 Saturn Aura Hybrid

2009/2010 Toyota Camry Hybrid

2009/2010 Toyota Prius


Category 1 (SUVs, small and medium pickup trucks, small and medium passenger and cargo vans)

2009 Ford Escape Hybrid

2010 Lexus RX 450h

2009 Mazda Tribute Hybrid

2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid

2009 Saturn VUE Hybrid

2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Category 2 (Large vans or pick up)

2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid

2009 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid

Click here for detailed information about the requirements and eligibility guides of the program.