Going green is getting more attractive all the time – with these best hybrid sedans. In fact, consumers can expect many more hybrid offerings in the next few years as automakers ramp up production of vehicles designed to meet tougher fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards. The number and variety of hybrids available now and in the future is all good news for consumers. Check out these best hybrid sedans now.
- BMW ActiveHybrid 7 – In the super luxury category, automaker BMW offers the 2011 ActiveHybrid 7 in its flagship 7-Series. It’s not cheap. Starting manufacturer’s suggested retail prices (MSRPs) are $102,300 for ActiveHybrid 750i and $106,200 for ActiveHybrid 750Li. What you get for that is all the 7-Series luxury and plenty of environmentally-friendly performance: 455 horsepower from an ActiveHybrid 4.4-liter V8 engine with twin turbochargers paired with a 120-volt lithium ion battery with boost function, 8-speed automatic transmission, and an EPA-estimated 26 mpg highway. BMW claims the ActiveHybrid 7 is “the world’s fastest street-legal hybrid.” Edmunds says: “Brawny hybrid powerplant, better fuel economy and more standard features than a regular 750, technology galore, sublime seats, no practical compromise despite hybrid technology.”
- Ford Fusion Hybrid – The 5-passenger 2011 Hybrid features an electric motor powered by a nickel-metal hydride battery and next-generation 2.5-liter Atkinson-Cycle inline four-cylinder engine that combine to deliver 191 net horsepower. The Hybrid is equipped with 7 standard airbags. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 41 mpg city/36 mpg highway. Starting MSRP is $28,100. Consumer Guide remarks, “Our favorite Fusion is the Hybrid because of its smooth, quiet operation and outstanding fuel economy,” averaging 36.5 mpg over the magazine’s test vehicle during 7,200+ miles.
- Chevrolet Volt – From Chevrolet comes the all-new midsize 2011 Volt, a four-seat, four-door series plug-in hybrid hatchback sedan with a lithium-ion battery pack that can power its 149-hp electric motor for up to 50 miles on its own (maximum estimates, per Chevy) before the gasoline- or E85-powered inline 4-cylinder engine takes over to supply electricity to the motor for another 300 miles or more. Edmunds observes, “All told, the Volt is quite possibly the most fuel-efficient car you will be able to buy.” With a starting MSRP of $41,000, minus the up to $7,500 federal tax credit, the net starting MSRP is $33,500. Volt also offers a $350/month, 36-month lease. Volt features 8 standard airbags and lots of standard features.