The new Ford Fusion Hybrid's confident road manners and sleek styling amplify the impact of its 47-mpg fuel economy in a way that'll have its competition playing catch-up.
The Kia Optima and Hyundai Sonata hybrids already lacked some mechanical refinement and smoothness compared to other hybrids, and now their gas-mileage numbers fall far short of the Fusion's, while the Ford catches up in styling.
The Toyota Camry Hybrid's plain looks and lower fuel economy might diminish its appeal, but it still offers very good gas mileage and interior space, with some new connectivity features.
The coming Honda Accord Hybrid will offer a plug-in variant, and it's a better-looking car than before, with a renewed focus on efficiency in all forms.
Finally, those who fixate on hybrids might look at the new Nissan Altima, which delivers 38-mpg highway fuel economy, a lower figure than these gas-electric sedans, but at a much lower price--about $21,500 base.
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|N/A||Sedan||Sedan||Sedan||Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|N/A||CVT w/OD||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/manual shift||Continuously Variable Ratio||Continuously Variable|