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10 hybrids to consider if you're in the market
If you're looking for a sports coupe, sedan or SUV and you'd like a hybrid, there are a number of models that might just have your name on it. Here are 10 hybrid vehicles offered by various manufacturers that might fit the bill.
TOYOTA PRIUS C
Standard features: AM/FM/CD/ MP3/WMA, USB audio input, Bluetooth capability, six speakers, keyless entry, power door locks, power windows, front disc brakes, rear drum brakes,
Engine: 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder, electric motor, Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD),
Transmission: Continuously variable transmission (CVT)
Output: 99 horsepower (net), 125 lbs.-ft of torque
Fuel economy: 3.5 L/100 km in the city, 4 L/100 km on the highway
Cargo capacity: 481 litres
Notes: Canada's most affordable hybrid is very functional and has the fuel economy numbers to boot.
Standard features: 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, three-mode drive system (Sport, Normal, Economy), hill start assist, front-wheel drive, 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
Engine: 1.5-litre, 16-valve, SOHC, i-VTEC 4-cylinder with Integrated Motor Assist (IMA)
Transmission: Close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission (MT)
Output (net): 122 horsepower, 128 lbs.-ft of torque
Fuel economy: 6.5 L/100 km in the city, 5.3 L/100 km on the highway
Cargo Capacity: 711 litres
Notes: This two-seater hybrid sports coupe comes with a standard 6-speed manual transmission. Very cool.
VW JETTA HYBRID
Standard features: Hybrid-specific instrument cluster with in-dash energy flow display, leatherette door inserts. leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel, shift knob and hand brake lever, electric mode (E-Mode) button cruise control, hill hold assist
Engine: 1.4-litre turbocharged (TSI) 4-cylinder engine combined with an electric motor
Transmission: 7-speed DSG
Output: 150 horsepower, 184 lbs.-ft of torque
Fuel economy: TBA
Cargo capacity: 320 litres
Notes: The Jetta Hybrid is VW's first hybrid model in Canada and is expected to hit streets January of 2013.
FORD FUSION HYBRID
Standard features: ABS/ Integrated regenerative braking, Advance-Trac with ESC and brake traction control, 10-way power driver seat w/ power lumbar support, hill start assist, chrome exhaust tip
Engine: 2.0-litre DOHC in-line 4-cylinder, Atkinson cycle with electric motor
Transmission: Electronic continuously variable (e-CVT)
Output: 188 (net) horsepower, 332 (net) lbs.-ft of torque
Fuel economy: 4 L/100 km in the city, 4.1L/100km on the highway
Cargo capacity: 340 litres
Notes: Good looks and great fuel economy are just two attributes of this new Fusion Hybrid.
KIA OPTIMA HYBRID
Standard features: 16-inch alloy wheels with low rolling resistance tires, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, fully automatic dual zone climate control with cabin air filter, heated power side mirrors with LED outside mirror repeaters, hidden muffler, rear climate ventilation, rear lip spoiler, rear-view camera, signature sport grille and smart key with push button ignition
Engine: 2.4-litre in-line 4-cylinder Theta II Interior-permanent magnet synchronous motor -- electric
Transmission: 6-speed automatic Transmission w/ Steptronic shifter
Output: 206 horsepower, 195 lbs.-ft of torque
Fuel economy: 5.8 L/100 km in the city, 5.1 L/100km on the highway
Cargo capacity: 280 litres
Notes: It might not have a generous cargo capacity, but there's still room for five inside.
HYUNDAI SONATA HYBRID
Standard features: 16-inch hybrid design alloy wheels, power door locks, dual zone automatic temperature control, cruise control, heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shift knob, Bluetooth, steering wheel-mounted audio controls
Engine: 2.4-litre I4 MPI DOHC engine and lithium-polymer battery powered electric motor
Transmission: 6-speed automatic Transmission with Shiftronic
Output: 206 (net) horsepower, 269 (net) lbs.-ft of torque
Fuel economy: 5.7 L/100 km in the city, 4.8L/100km on the highway
Cargo capacity: 304 litres
Notes: Hyundai's popular-selling Sonata gives customers style and character under one roof.
ACURA ILX HYBRID
Standard features: 5-inch colour information display, smart entry with push-button start, hands-freelink-bilingual Bluetooth wireless mobile phone interface with steering wheel-mounted controls, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, projector-beam halogen headlights, front-wheel drive
Engine: 1.5-litre i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine with Integrated Electric Motor
Transmission: Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with sequential SportShift paddle shifters and Grade Logic Control
Output: 111 horsepower, 127 lbs.-ft of torque
Fuel economy: 5 L/100 km in the city, 4.8 L/100 km on the highway
Cargo capacity: 283 litres
Notes: For the 2013 model year, Acura introduced ILX sedan complete with a hybrid model.
LEXUS RX 450H
Standard features: Dual zone automatic climate control, USB audio input, auto sound Leveliz-er (ASL), Bluetooth capability, integrated XM satellite radio, 40/20/40 split rear seats, sliding rear seats, 8-inch LCD display, backup camera and 18-inch alloy wheels
Engine: 3.5-litre V6 with Lexus Hybrid Drive and Atkinson Cycle
Transmission: Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) sequential shift mode
Output: 295 horsepower, 234 lbs.-ft of torque
Fuel economy: 6.7 /100 km in the city, 7.2 L/100 km on the highway
Cargo capacity: 1,132 litres (behind rear seats)
Notes: Lexus's hybrid SUV comes with an all-wheel drive system and still achieves great fuel economy.
BMW ACTIVE HYBRID3
Standard features: Rear-view camera and surround view, park assistant, automatic climate control, iDrive, contactless opening of the trunk, heads-up display, lane departure and lane change warning, adaptive headlines and BMW Assist Emergency Call
Engine: 3-litre straight Twin-Power Turbo 6-cylinder with electric motor
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Output: 335 horsepower, 330 lbs.-ft of torque
Fuel economy: 8 L/100 km in the city, 5.9 L/100 km on the highway
Cargo Capacity: 481 litres Notes: BMW's rear-wheel drive 3 Series sedan has the sportiness with the bonus of a hybrid system.
GMC YUKON HYBRID
Standard features: 300-volt nickel-metal hydride energy storage system, traction control, regenerative 4-wheel disc braking system with ABS, premium smooth ride suspension, StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with Proactive Roll Avoidance, black assist steps, tire pressure monitoring system, Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity,
Engine: Vortec 6.0-litre V8 with Hybrid electric propulsion system
Transmission: 2-Mode continuous electric ratio hybrid transmission with four fixed gears
Output: 332 horsepower, 248 lbs.-ft of torque
Fuel economy: 2 W D -- 10.1 L/100 km in the city, 8.4 L/100 km on the highway; 4WD -- 10.2 L/100 km in the city, 8.5 L/100 km on the highway
Cargo capacity: 479 litres (behind third row); 3,084 litres (with 2nd and 3rd row folded flat)
Notes: The Yukon Hybrid might be big, but some people need big vehicles. The hybrid definitely helps cut fuel costs.
-- Postmedia News
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 14, 2012 E2
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