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Nissan Altima Hybrid

EPA City/Highway/Combined mpg: 35/33/34
Annual Fuel Cost: $1138
TheCarConnection Meta Review Rating: 8.4
The Bottom Line: The 2009 Nissan Altima has a sportier look and feel than most other mid-size sedans, but it's just as practical.

The Altima Hybrid has been on sale for several years but the whole time it's been a bit of a secret. Nissan hasn't advertised the Altima Hybrid much, and even for 2010 it's only available in nine states. Nevertheless, it's a well-packaged full-hybrid system that allows electric-only operation at lower speeds and, just as the standard Altima handles better than the Camry, the same is true of their Hybrid kin.


Toyota Camry Hybrid

EPA City/Highway/Combined mpg: 33/34/34
Annual Fuel Cost: $1138
TheCarConnection Meta Review Rating: 8.2
The Bottom Line: The 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid melds the automaker's proven, hybrid system into America's bread-and-butter sedan. What's not to like?

Smooth and unobtrusive is the way that we'd describe Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive in the 2010 Camry Hybrid. Although the full hybrid system in the Camry Hybrid doesn't make this popular sedan feel as quick as with the available V-6, it yields a significant boost in miles per gallon without compromising the Camry's inherent bread-and-butter goodness.


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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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