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10. (TIE) 3-Series Hybrid, Mercedes E400 Hybrid, Infiniti M35h, Buick LaCrosse/Regal eAssist: 29 mpg
Who is to say that luxury car buyers aren’t affected by high gas prices? If you want to drive in comfort, style, and have the latest high tech goodies in a car, you shouldn’t have to pay more at the pump for it. Here are our picks for the top 10 most fuel friendly luxury cars, ranked in order of their combined city/highway mpg numbers.
Quite a few luxury cars hit the 29 mpg mark combined. The most impressive of the bunch is the Buick LaCrosse, which manage to get solid fuel economy, despite its bigger size. The Infiniti, Mercedes and BMW vehicles make do with a high-power pairing of a six-cylinder engine and an electric motor, which gives the end result of over 300-hp.
The Buicks use a mild hybrid system called eAssist which pairs a 2.4L four-cylinder engine with a conventional automatic, and a compact lithium ion battery to get its impressive fuel economy numbers.
And Why They're Wrong
With an almost never ending list of myths and rumors, few vehicles are as misunderstood as the hybrid.
Almost every review or video posted on AutoGuide.com about a hybrid car has at least one reader comment about how the battery will deteriorate beyond repair, or that once you get a hybrid, you’re not a true driving enthusiast.
With so much misinformation about hybrid vehicles being spread around, we’ve decided to debunk six myths about gas-electric cars.
Lexus appears poised to introduce a hybrid version of its ES luxury sedan, based on documents filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
The fact that luxury brands insist on using alphanumeric badges for their cars makes deciphering a new name child’s play.
The proposed name for the new model is the ES300h, which not only tells us it’s a hybrid, but also indicates that Lexus will abandon it’s current hybrid strategy for the ES sedan. In the past, hybrid versions were always more powerful versions, intended to deliver the oomph of a larger engine but with a reduced carbon footprint.
With the current ES using a 3.5-liter V5, it’s likely the ES300h will get a 4-cylinder engine – perhaps even the same setup as in the Camry Hybrid with 187-hp.
This could mean Lexus will then follow the Lincoln plan to offer its MKZ Hybrid at the same price as its standard model, and it’s also an admission that the HS250h has been less than successful. With buyers slowly adapting to hybrids they still don’t appear to be ready to settle for a smaller car and with the Camry Hybrid one of the best selling green cars on the road, it wouldn’t be difficult for Toyota to move a good portion of those customers up-market to Lexus.
[Source: Car & Driver]