Prestige hybrids: Luxury cars with electric boost
Not every hybrid has to be a Prius. These five luxury cars boast advanced hybrid power trains for excellent fuel economy, and in some cases, plenty of power.
The inherent frugality of a hybrid car might make you think of a no-frills driving experience. But luxury automakers have learned the win-win nature of an electric-assisted power train.
Infiniti, Porsche, and BMW devised their own takes on the hybrid car, fitting these fuel-efficient systems into full-size sedans and SUVs. Lincoln borrowed a hybrid system from sister brand Ford for its own midsize sedan, the MKZ. And Lexus even transferred the Prius hybrid power train into a luxury hatchback.
With its 7 Series hybrid, BMW did not bother to downsize the engine, instead adding an electric-drive system. The result? About 50 extra horsepower and yet fuel economy in the low 20s, which is an impressive figure for such a big and powerful car.
When Infiniti turned its flagship sedan into a luxury hybrid, it angled for better fuel economy. The car uses a V-6 instead of the V-8 of the M56, but the electric drive system pushes its horsepower to 360, while keeping fuel economy in the high 20s.
With a 1.8-liter engine and electric hybrid system, the same as used in the Prius, the CT 200h is probably the least powerful luxury car you can find. Its 0-to-60 mph time may be slow, but over 40 mpg is nothing to sneeze at.
Based on the , the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid may stretch the notion of luxury, but its hybrid power train delivers excellent fuel economy and drivability. Touches such as a THX audio system add to the pleasure of driving.
Porsche chose its SUV for its hybrid, benefiting from the same electrically assisted power train used in the . This supercharged V-6 and electric motor combine for 380 horsepower, while getting fuel economy in the low 20s.
Looking for specs and pricing? Compare these luxury hybrid cars head-to-head.