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The Best Hybrid Vehicles Available

Updated September 11, 2013

As we came into 2012, the research, development and production of hybrid vehicles went into overdrive. The rising price of oil and the global recession have meant that, more than ever, people are trying to save money when it comes to the cost of running a vehicle.

We are going to take a look at some of the best of class hybrid vehicles which are now available.

Toyota Prius

As ugly as this car is it is one of the oldest, in terms of development time, of all the hybrid cars out there, and as such one of the most refined. No surprise it comes from a Japanese based company then.

The Prius has now reached its 3rd generation and 10 years old which is quite an achievement for a hybrid vehicle.

With age comes maturity and that is why the Prius now boasts a range of 72.3mpg, a top speed 111mph and does 0-61 in 10.4 seconds. Any if you want to dodge road tax (legally!) then it has a combined CO2 rating of 89g/km which will let you off tax free (in the UK).

Toyota is even celebrating 10 years with a special edition, the Toyota Prius 10.

Lexus CT200h

No surprise then that next best in class comes from Toyota’s sister company. What Lexus offer which Toyota doesn’t is top end luxury to those conscious drivers who want something a bit more sophisticated.

There are 3 versions of the CT200h available, the SE-L, SE-L Premier and F Sport. What are the differences? Nothing except for the styling and options available plus the F Sports top speed; on performance they are all pretty evenly matched.

They all achieve a combined rating of 68.9mpg, 0-62 in 10.3 seconds, and a combined CO2 rating of 94g/km. If you want to consistently go faster than 112mph then we suggest you choose the F Sport which has a maximum speed of 180mph; of course, this isn’t fuel saving territory, or legal in most countries.

Tesla Roadster

If money really is no object then the Tesla is for you. Completely electric is has a range of 240 miles when fully charged, will achieve a top speed of 125mph and does 0-60 in just 3.7 seconds. The best bit about it is that it looks like a luxury sports car and currently has a price tag to match.

We are hoping that electric cars of the future all look like this and have a consumer price tag. For now we will just have to stick to second hand luxury Ferraris, the least fuel efficient of the lot!

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