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Ford Fusion

EPA City/Highway/Combined mpg: 41/26/39
Annual Fuel Cost: $991
TheCarConnection Meta Review Rating: 8.8
The Bottom Line: If you seek a comfortable, high-quality, fine-driving, and hyper-efficient sedan, look to the 2010 Ford Fusion.

There's very little that distinguishes the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid (and the nearly identical 2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid) from the other four-cylinder and V-6 versions of the Fusion (and Milan) sedan, but the full hybrid system in the Fusion Hybrid makes it capable of going more than double the distance on a gallon of gas in city driving versus the V-6 Fusion. The powertrain feels surprisingly perky and smooth, and if you turn up the sound system or forget about the sophisticated gauge display you can at times forget you're driving a hybrid. The 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid manages to feel like a perfectly normal, mid-size sedan while sipping on fumes, which is quite a feat.


Lexus HS 250h

EPA City/Highway/Combined mpg: 35/34/35
Annual Fuel Cost: $1107
TheCarConnection Meta Review Rating: 7.6
The Bottom Line: The new 2010 Lexus HS 250h packs some noteworthy technology features, though those expecting either Prius fuel economy figures or a sportier driving experience might be disappointed.

With the all-new HS 250h, Lexus hopes to tap into the very affluent buyer base that has now been flocking to the Toyota Prius for years, bringing, at least in theory, a little more refinement and performance along with the requisite Lexus luxuries. The HS does offer way more in terms of tech options and advanced safety features than you'll see in any other high-mileage vehicles. It's not all positive though; the cabin is tight; the interior isn't exactly plush, and there's too much engine noise for a Lexus. But simply put, the 2010 Lexus HS 250h is the most fuel-efficient luxury car.


 
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  1. interesting list. i personally find the camry, civic, accord, etc hybrids very practical. if it helps reduce our reliance on petrol the slightest, that's great. how in the world a car the size of the yaris (and with those looks) only gets ~29 MPH is beyond me. assume the allaboutprius.com site/editor are proud papa's with the prius staying atop the list once again :-)
     
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  2. Wow, Chevy's hybrids didn't even make it above the imports non-hybrids. Guess they STILL don't get it.
     
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  3. I think the people driving the Lambo or Bentley(s) don't really care about mileage. I would rather drive a large gas guzzling SUV or Truck knowing that the Occupants inside are safe, that seems more important to me than saving a couple bucks on gas.
     
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  4. Oh and as for the Prius, can't wait to see what happens in the lawsuit...
     
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  5. I don't think that even VW gets it. I have a 2004 VW TDI 5 spd. It gets 41 to 44 mpg. combined during the Winter. Two weeks ago, my wife drove it approximately 500 miles round trip to the Tn. border and back. 51 mpg. I have logged 48, 50, 49 and 47.7,47.7 mpg. combined. Now VW has upped the hp, cleaned up the emissions, and dropped the fuel mileage. We have 145,000 plus miles on my wife's Jetta TDI, but I am at a loss as to what to replace it with?? I drive a 98 Neon R/T with 158,299 miles on it. It has a 150 hp double overhead cam engine with a 7,000 rpm redline and a 7,300 factory rev limiter. It still runs 120 mph in 4th and I still have 5th gear left over. I drive it hard and get 31 mpg combined. I drive it like an old man and I get a best of 37.7 mpg combined. The new cars have a hard time matching that. What are the car manufacturers doing???
     
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