If you’re in the market for new cars that provide a little luxury and a lot of green (as in environmentally good), then you’ll want to take a peek at the following best luxury hybrid cars – 2011.
- Lexus CT200h – All-new for 2011 and arriving this spring, the Lexus CT200h is a sporty dedicated hybrid that gets good gas fuel economy and is reasonably priced. Starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) ranges from $29,120 to $30,900. Lexus CT200h is an entry-level luxury small car that, while it may not be the sportiest, it is very fuel efficient, achieving an estimated 43 mpg city/40 mpg highway. Total system horsepower in the front-wheel drive Lexus CT200h is 134, which comes from the combination of 1.8-liter in-line four-cylinder engine and high-output permanent electric-drive motor. Of course, if fuel efficiency and green are the primary determinants, also check out the Car and Driver comments: “The CT’s strengths are those associated with Lexuses and hybrids in general: a well-controlled ride, a quiet powertrain (providing you’re not caning it), muted wind and road noise, and excellent gas mileage.” , which uses the same hybrid powertrain yet achieves an EPA-estimated 51 mpg city/48 mpg highway – and starts out about $6,000 less.
- Lincoln MKZ Hybrid – In essence, it’s a dressed-up Fusion Hybrid, but the 2011 , with a starting MSRP of $34,605 and EPA-estimated fuel economy numbers of 41 mpg city/36 mpg highway, has its own unique standard features, including Bridge of Weir leather seats. The midsize Lincoln MKZ Hybrid also stands out because it’s the first hybrid in the automotive world to be priced the same as its gasoline counterpart. Other standard MKZ Hybrid features include heated and cooled 10-way powered front seats, Lincoln’s version of the Sync in-car connectivity system, real wood trim, reverse sensing system, and keyless entry. Voice-activated navigation system with integrated Sirius Travel Link&trade, blind spot information system, THX-II certified audio with 5.1 surround sound, and moonroof are a few of the options. Motor Trend observes: “The main bogey for the MKZ Hybrid is the , and Lincoln has come out with guns blazing, pushing the Lincoln’s better fuel economy and the fact that it has more standard luxury, technology and safety features than the Lexus.”
- Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid Sedan – In the premium-large car category, a six-figure pricetag is common. But consumers looking for top-of-the-line super
luxury sedans expect a lot for the money. In the 2011 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid Sedan, they get it: 16-way power leather seats, harman/kardon Logic-7 surround-sound system, premium wood/leather steering wheel, Eucalyptus wood trim, and more. Powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 hybrid powertrain, the S400 Hybrid Sedan combines a V-6 gasoline engine with an electric motor generating a combined 295 horsepower. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 19 mpg city/25 mpg highway. So much value for the price. In fact, the S400 Hybrid Sedan, with its starting MSRP of $91,000, is less than the S550 or S600 ($93,000 and $158,050, respectively). Consumer Guide says: “S-Class defines luxury motoring. Encompassing serenity and road manners are among this Best Buy’s hallmarks…Our top picks here are the S400 Hybrid and S550 versions. They deliver such high levels of performance and luxury that it is difficult to justify paying so much more for other S-Class models.”
Other considerations for best luxury hybrid cars – 2011 include BMW ActiveHybrid X6, ActiveHybrid 750i and ActiveHybrid 750Li (with starting MSRPs of $88,900, $102,300, and $106,200, respectively), and the Lexus HS Hybrid, GS Hybrid, and LS Hybrid (with respective starting MSRP of $34,650, $58,050, and $111,350.