Best 5 Fuel Efficient Hybrids of 2016


MPG 41 City / 39 Hwy

The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid features the upscale style and interior of the standard MKZ with a fuel efficient hybrid motor under the hood. Powering the MKZ Hybrid is a 2.0 liter four-cylinder hybrid engine that produces 188 horsepower and 129 lb-ft of torque, mated to a CVT transmission. The EPA estimated gas mileage of the MKZ is listed as 41 mpg city and 39 mpg highway. The suspension is tuned for luxury, masking any road imperfections with the well crafted shock absorbers, making the MKZ’s ride comfortable and smooth. Standard features include multi-level heated seats, digital keypad power locks, voice controlled navigation, Auxiliary audio input and USB with external media control, and satellite radio.

MPG 40 City / 39 Hwy

The Hybrid model of the Lexus ES is a little weaker than its gasoline powered brothers, but gets much better gas mileage. The Lexus ES 300h has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that produce 200 horsepower combined. A continuously variable transmission (CVT), which operates like an automatic, is standard. According to the EPA, the 2015 ES 300h gets 40/39 mpg city/highway, which is better than the fuel economy of most upscale midsize hybrids. The overall safety rating of the ES 300h is great, with a 5-star rating awarded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The interior has an elegant, upscale design that is to be expected of a luxury vehicle of this caliber, with leather seats and ample legroom keeping passengers comfortable during long trips.

MPG 42 City / 37 Hwy
The C-Max is a fun to drive alternative to the typical lackluster hybrids most people are familiar with. The steering is firm and responsive and the chassis is well crafted, giving the C-Max an athletic feel when zipping through traffic. A four-cylinder engine and a pair of electric motors produce 141 horsepower, which is ample for the little car. The EPA estimates the gas mileage at 42 mpg city and 37 mpg highway, which translates to decent savings at the pump. For a hybrid vehicle the C-Max gets decent acceleration in lower power bands, so you won’t need to worry when you have to pass or merge with highway traffic. A plug-in version of the C-Max is offered, but it gets 3 mpg less than the hybrid model.

MPG 43 City / 39 Hwy
The Toyota Camry Hybrid is powered by a 4-cylinder gas/electric engine that produces 200 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque. The engine provides ample power and quick acceleration from a stop, which is refreshing for a hybrid vehicle. The shift from gas to electric motor is seamless when driving, but the gas engine does sometimes restart suddenly when accelerating from a stop, causing a shudder. The Camry Hybrid is equipped with a CVT transmission. The suspension is adequate, offering a smooth ride, but rough roads will result in a bumpy experience. The gas mileage is the real selling point of the Camry Hybrid, with an EPA estimated 43 mpg city and 39 mpg highway.

Top Number Five  LEXUS CT
MPG 43 City / 40 Hwy

Check CT 200h is a hybrid electric car built by Lexus as a sport compact hatchback. The CT 200h is powered by the same 1.8-litre VVT ifour-cylinder gas engine as the one used in the Prius, producing 98 hp 105 lb-ft of torque, paired with electric motor/generators in the hybrid drive system; together the engine and electric motors produce 134 hp 153 lb-ft of torque along with an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission. This technology allows the CT 200h to achieve an EPA estimated 43 mpg city and 40 mpg highway. The CT 200h has four driving modes Normal, Sport, Eco and EV included on other hybrid drive vehicles. Sport mode adjusts the throttle and electric power steering settings, while reducing the usage of stability control and traction control, maximising the CT200h’s performance. EV mode generates zero emissions at the vehicle by using only the vehicles electric motors to drive the vehicle.

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