2014 Hybrid Buyers Guide

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Something different is happening to hybrid powertrains this year. They are being introduced in an entirely new segment, and not only for fuel economy purposes as 2013 saw the unveiling of three new hybrid hypercars.

What’s new for Hybrids?

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Ferrari released the LaFerrari, McLaren the P1 and from Porsche comes the 918 Spyder, all three of which use regenerative braking to capture energy and reuse it in the pursuit of speed. All three make in the neighborhood of 900 hp and sprint to 60 mph in less than three seconds. And all three cost an insane amount of money, limiting them to a small portion of the population.

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For the rest of us, hybrids aren’t about speed or racetracks, these cars are meant to save fuel and subsequently save money.

New this year from Honda comes the Accord Hybrid, rated at 45 MPG highway, 50 MPG in the city and 47 MPG combined. That puts this car at the top of the midsize sedan class, if you exclude the always-popular Prius. Honda’s refreshed 2014 Civic also offers a hybrid variant that gets a respectable 44 mpg consumption rating across the board.

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Subaru is taking its first ever crack at the hybrid with the 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid. Subaru expects the XV hybrid to come in around 31 MPG in combined driving.More a mild hybrid system, the Crosstrek uses a 13.4 hp integrated electric motor along with its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine for a total 148 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque.

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Another all-new hybrid arrived this year from Nissan. The Pathfinder Hybrid is expected to achieve 25 MPG city and 28 MPG on the highway. As well, the mechanically identical Infiniti QX60 recieves a Hybrid model this year.

Also from Infiniti is the new Q50 Hybrid. It uses a 302 hp 3.5L V6 paired up to a 67 hp electric motor that produces a combined output of 360 hp. This new entry-level luxury hybrid is rated at 29 MPG city and 36 MPG highway and can be had for a base price of $48,150.

What’s Coming?

The XC Coupe Concept is the basis of a new XC90

Coming later this year will be a hybrid version of Volvo's XC90 crossover. Little detail is known at this time, but expect one the company's new four-cylinder Drive-E engines to be paired to an electric motor. Many design elements from the XC Coupe Concept will find their way into the production model.  

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Mitsubishi will also be bringing the brand's first hybrid vehicle to the USA next year with the Outlander PHEV. Using a  2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a pair of electric motors and a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the PHEV is good for an all-electric range of 34 miles with a total driving range of 547 miles.

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2014 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
2014 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
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$15,695 - $31,895 23/29 mpg
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2014 Honda Insight
2014 Honda Insight
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$18,725 - $23,915 41/44 mpg
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2014 Toyota Prius c
2014 Toyota Prius c
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$19,080 - $23,360 53/46 mpg
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2014 Honda CR-Z
2014 Honda CR-Z
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$19,995 - $23,990 31/38 mpg
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2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid
2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid
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$24,170 - $27,170 42/37 mpg
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2014 Toyota Prius
2014 Toyota Prius
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$24,200 - $30,005 51/48 mpg
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2014 Honda Civic Hybrid
2014 Honda Civic Hybrid
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$24,635 - $27,335 44/47 mpg
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2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid
2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid
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$25,995 - $29,295 29/33 mpg
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2014 Kia Optima Hybrid
2014 Kia Optima Hybrid
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$25,995 - $31,995 35/39 mpg
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2014 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
2014 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
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$26,000 - $30,750 36/40 mpg
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2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid
2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid
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$26,140 - $28,625 40/38 mpg
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2014 Toyota Prius v
2014 Toyota Prius v
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$26,750 - $30,395 44/40 mpg
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2014 Acura ILX
2014 Acura ILX
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$26,900 - $34,600 22/31 mpg
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2014 Honda Accord Hybrid
2014 Honda Accord Hybrid
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$29,155 - $34,905 50/45 mpg
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2014 Lexus CT 200h
2014 Lexus CT 200h
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$32,050 43/40 mpg
1 reviews
2014 Buick LaCrosse
2014 Buick LaCrosse
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$33,535 - $40,285 17/26 mpg
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2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid
2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid
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$35,805 - $41,650 40/39 mpg
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2014 Lexus ES 300h
2014 Lexus ES 300h
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$39,500 40/39 mpg
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2014 Lexus RX 450h
2014 Lexus RX 450h
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$46,410 - $47,810 30/28 mpg
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2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
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$47,300 - $49,790 27/28 mpg
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2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
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$51,400 - $102,370 15/21 mpg
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2014 Infiniti Q70h
2014 Infiniti Q70h
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$55,650 29/34 mpg
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2014 Lexus GS 450h
2014 Lexus GS 450h
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$60,430 29/34 mpg
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2014 Lexus LS 600h L
2014 Lexus LS 600h L
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$120,060 19/23 mpg
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