As the 2011 models start to roll out and some big name hybrids start to hit the market, readers should be aware of some of the standouts and what they offer the buyer. Whether it’s luxury, fuel economy or power that matters to the buyer, there’s a hybrid car out there for everyone. Here’s a list of some of the best 2011 hybrid cars that will be released in the fall of 2010 and what they offer.
2011 Toyota Prius
The world’s best selling hybrid car, the Prius has the best fuel economy for a pretty reasonable price. Now in the third generation of the model, Toyota has continued to attempt to put more power and performance into the Prius after years of it being lack luster in those departments. However, its fuel economy and use of many different innovative technologies are apparent, as the Prius struggles to have any sort of torque and is best suited at cruising speeds. It comes with a 51 mpg city/48 mpg highway fuel economy, which gives the bragging rights as the most fuel-efficient hybrid. The price has not yet been released for the car, but is expected to be in range of $21,995-$28,300. The reason that the Fit is one of the best 2010 fall hybrid releases is its amazing fuel economy.
2011 Honda Fit Hybrid
One of the most appealing aspects of the Fit is its affordability compared to most other Hybrid cars. The Fit should come with a sub-$16,000 starting price, which would be a sight for sore eyes to most cost-weary buyers. It also comes with a 27 mpg city/33 mpg highway fuel economy which makes it a great choice during the country’s economic instability. The reason that the Fit is one of the best 2010 fall hybrid releases is its hybrid-like fuel economy at a not-so-hybrid price.
2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
With the same gasoline-electric system as its Ford brethren, the Ford Fusion and the Mercury Milan, the Lincoln MKZ comes with plenty of little goodies that many of the previously mentioned cars don’t. According to Ford, the Lincoln MKZ has the best fuel economy of any luxury sedan, including the rival Lexus HS 250h. It comes with a 41 mpg city/36 mpg highway fuel economy. Price wise, Lincoln has decided to make the hybrid version the same price as the regular version, with a starting price of $35,180. The reason that the Lincoln MKZ is one of the best 2010 fall hybrid releases is its luxury-best fuel economy.
2011 Ford Fusion
Not much of a change from the 2010 Ford Fusion, the main reason to buy the Fusion is the outstanding fuel economy. It is one of only two mid-sized cars to have grown in the sales department since the United States went into a recession. It comes with a 41 mpg city/36 mpg highway fuel economy, which is the best in its class besides the unbeatable Toyota Prius. The Fusion has a starting price of about $27,270. The reason that the Fusion is one of the best 2010 fall hybrid releases is its well-rounded hybrid quality and outstanding fuel economy.
2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
Using Hyundai’s Blue Drive technology, the Sonata has plenty of power and torque, which gives the driver a better feel than most of the other top hybrids on the market. The Sonata is priced at about $25,000, which is better than just about any other hybrid besides the Fit, which can be rather appealing in this economy. It comes with a 36 mpg city/40 mpg highway fuel economy, which brings it almost neck-and-neck with the Ford Fusion. The reason that the Sonata is one of the best 2010 fall hybrid releases is its outstanding fuel economy that doesn’t sacrifice too much power and drive.
So there are the five of the best hybrids that will be hitting the market in Fall of 2010 and how they standout to buyers who are looking for their next new hybrid. I hope that this preview helps buyers find the car that’s right for them, both fuel economy and price-wise.