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5 Fuel-Efficient Luxury Hybrids to Consider in 2011

by Jeff Wysaski
December 31, 2010

Going green doesn't necessarily mean settling for staid engine performance and a value-oriented interior. These days, there are plenty of luxury hybrid cars on the market that are sure to appeal to car shoppers that demand a little more from their driving experience. Review a few of the most fuel-efficient luxury hybrids for the year to determine which model might be best for you.

Lincoln's first hybrid vehicle is turning heads with a refined exterior design and some of the best fuel figures on the market. With an estimated 41 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, no other luxury car manages to out-sip the 2011 MKZ Hybrid. Surprisingly, the hybrid version of the MKZ comes with the same base price as the non-hybrid model ($34,330). This fact helps eliminate any reservations that come with paying a premium for additional mpgs. While perhaps not as refined as more expensive hybrid sedans, the MKZ offers an upscale interior that should appeal to a majority of luxury car shoppers.

Learn more about the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.

Priced at $35,100, the Lexus HS 250h competes directly with the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. Fuel figures come in at 35 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. While not quite as efficient as the new Lincoln, the Lexus comes with a slightly better cache in the luxury class. Other strong points typically noted by reviewers include a high number of standard comfort features and several innovative safety additions. Those who like the idea of a Toyota Prius, but want a more refined driving experience will likely find much to like about this entry-level luxury hybrid.

Learn more about the 2011 Lexus HS 250h.

If you're interested in a truly luxurious sedan, then the Lexus GS 450h may be the hybrid for you. While fuel figures aren't as impressive as more affordable options (estimated 22 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway), there are few direct competitors that can match the efficiency of the GS 450h. Additionally, the vehicle delivers a boost in engine performance that is hard to find among the hybrid class. Classified as a large car, the GS hybrid delivers one of the roomiest luxury interiors for hybrid shoppers. Base price for the Lexus GS 450h is set at $57,450.

Learn more about the 2011 Lexus GS 450h.

If you're in the market for a luxury SUV, then the Lexus RX 450h is one of the most fuel-efficient options from which to choose. Reviewers like the vehicle for its smooth handling, decent acceleration and high number of interior luxury features. Of course, the estimated 32-mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway don't hurt either. All-wheel drive is available for those who feel they need a little extra traction. With a starting price of $43,235, some shoppers may want to consider sticking with the less efficient non-hybrid Lexus RX 350 (which starts for about $5,000 less).

Learn more about the 2011 Lexus RX 450h.

Lexus offers more hybrid models than any other luxury carmaker. For 2011, the nameplate expands its luxury family with the introduction of the CT 200h hatchback. Outfitted with a sporty exterior, this may be the model for those who want a hybrid that can still open up on the highway when needed. The ability to switch from Sport Mode to Hybrid Mode allows drivers to compromise fuel efficiency for acceleration on the fly. The Lexus CT 200h should hit dealerships in early 2011 with a base price of $29,120.

More information on the 2011 Lexus CT 200h is coming soon.


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