2015 Hybrid Buyers Guide

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Hybrids are becoming a common sight in almost every automotive segment. For 2015 you’ll see updates to familiar models. Additionally, you’ll see more alternate fuel vehicles, including EVs with more range than before and hydrogen powered cars.

What’s New for Hybrids This Year?

There are few new compact hybrids this year. The Prius is still the car that comes to mind when it comes to hybrids, but the competition is mounting an offensive.

SEE ALSO: Top 10 Most Fuel Efficient Non-Hybrids

The Civic Hybrid is updated this year, offering more features including the Honda LaneWatch safety system that uses a camera to help you see what’s in your blind spot.2015-toyota-camry_100464089_l

The Toyota Camry Hybrid looks decidedly sportier than its last iteration but still claims a 41 MPG combined rating.

Toyota is also offering a new version of its family-sized Highlander crossover. It uses a six-cylinder engine combined with electric motors to earn 28 mpg. In order to help drivers speak to the passengers in the third row, Toyota has a Driver Easy Speak feature that uses a microphone to broadcast the driver’s voice through the speakers in the third-row.2016 Sonata Hybrid

There is a new luxury hybrid this year: the compact Lexus NX 300h that is available in either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Front-wheel drive models get 33 mpg combined, while all-wheel drive models earn 32 mpg. Those looking for more space may like the new Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid. Unlike the old Porsche Cayenne Hybrid, the S E-Hybrid is a plug-in hybrid, sporting 416 horsepower, which is good for a 5.4 second sprint to 60 mph.

SEE ALSO: Toyota Mirai First Drive

When it comes to luxury sedans, there’s a pair of new hybrids from Japan. Both the Infiniti  Q70 Hybrid and Acura RLX pair a V6 engine to electric motors to provide V8 power and torque, while delivering V6 fuel efficiency. The RLX even uses a torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system to provide excellent grip and handling.

2016_Toyota_Fuel_Cell_Vehicle_mainIf you’d like to push the idea of a hybrid to the next level, be aware there are quite a few new alternate fuel vehicles hitting the market next year, but only if you’re in the right location. More hydrogen vehicles, which have a low carbon footprint, are going to be offered in select states. The Toyota Mirai offers about 300 miles of range, while the Hyundai Tucson FCEV offers a crossover body-style, which may be more family friendly. Both can be filled in minutes at a hydrogen station.

What’s coming?

Every year we expect the new Acura NSX to arrive. 2015 may be the year. Using a mid-mounted V6 engine sending power to the rear wheels and a pair of electric motors to power the front wheels, the NSX will be an all-wheel drive affordable alternative to Ferrari performance levels.

SEE ALSO: Acura NSX First Look Video

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A new Hyundai Sonata Hybrid will be shown off at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. A new generation model, the gas Sonata arrived with a far more sedate design than its last generations. It will be interesting to see if Hyundai tones down the hybrids exterior appearance as well.

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2015 Toyota Prius c
2015 Toyota Prius c
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$19,540 - $24,475 53/46 mpg
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2015 Honda CR-Z
2015 Honda CR-Z
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$20,145 - $24,140 31/38 mpg
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2015 Ford Fusion
2015 Ford Fusion
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$22,500 - $32,780 22/31 mpg
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2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid
2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid
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$24,170 - $27,170 42/37 mpg
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2015 Toyota Prius
2015 Toyota Prius
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$24,200 - $30,005 51/48 mpg
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2015 Honda Civic Hybrid
2015 Honda Civic Hybrid
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$24,735 - $27,435 44/47 mpg
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2015 Kia Optima Hybrid
2015 Kia Optima Hybrid
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$25,990 - $32,150 35/39 mpg
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2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid
2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid
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$25,995 - $29,295 30/34 mpg
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2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
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$26,000 - $29,500 36/40 mpg
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2015 Toyota Prius v
2015 Toyota Prius v
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$26,675 - $30,935 44/40 mpg
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2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid
2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid
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$26,790 - $29,980 40/38 mpg
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2015 Honda Accord Hybrid
2015 Honda Accord Hybrid
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$29,305 - $35,055 50/45 mpg
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2015 Buick LaCrosse
2015 Buick LaCrosse
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$31,065 - $40,500 17/26 mpg
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2015 Lexus CT 200h
2015 Lexus CT 200h
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$32,200 43/40 mpg
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2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid
2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid
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$37,800 - $41,700 40/39 mpg
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2015 Lexus NX 300h
2015 Lexus NX 300h
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$39,720 - $41,310 35/31 mpg
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2015 Lexus ES 300h
2015 Lexus ES 300h
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$40,580 40/39 mpg
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2015 Lexus RX 450h
2015 Lexus RX 450h
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$47,620 - $49,020 30/28 mpg
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2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
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$47,750 - $50,240 27/28 mpg
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2015 Infiniti Q70h
2015 Infiniti Q70h
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$55,900 29/34 mpg
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2015 Lexus GS 450h
2015 Lexus GS 450h
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$61,330 29/34 mpg
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2015 Lexus LS 600h L
2015 Lexus LS 600h L
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$120,440 19/23 mpg
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2015 Porsche 918 Spyder
2015 Porsche 918 Spyder
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$845,000 - $929,000 20/24 mpg
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2015 Ferrari LaFerrari
2015 Ferrari LaFerrari
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$1,416,362 12/16 mpg
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Hybrid Reviews

2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid Review

2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid Review
The Toyota Camry Hybrid is redesigned for 2015 with new styling, a sportier suspension and driving modes that make it easier to rack up more miles per gallon. But will you actually want to drive it?

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Review

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Review
You might have written off Mitsubishi as a near-dead North American manufacturer, but that would be premature. The Outlander PHEV is on its way and it might be good enough to save the brand.

2014 BMW i3 Review

BMW’s first ever ground-up electric car might not be pretty, so it’s a good thing its real beauty lies beneath its aluminum chassis and carbon fiber skin.

2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid Review

2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid Review
Once a true SUV with a big V8 engine, first the Pathfinder became a crossover and now it’s a hybrid. Forget this being a transformation, Nissan’s utility vehicle has undergone a complete metamorphosis.

2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid – Video

For 2014 the Pamamera receives a complete overhaul including a new plug-in S E-Hybrid model. With twice as much electric power compared to last year’s Panamera Hybrid, it can travel 22 emissions-free miles at speeds up to 83 mph. But is this still a proper Porsche?

2014 Lexus IS 300h Review

2014 Lexus IS 300h Review
Lexus says the European-market IS 300h offers driving fun with many more miles per gallon. Unfortunately, only half of that statement is true.
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