This year sees the release of two notable hybrid cars, the updated 2010 Toyota Prius and the all new 2010 Honda Insight. Nissan and Kia are competing in the small box car segment with the Cube and Soul, while Audi has a small luxury SUV.
2010 Toyota Priuis
Availability: Spring 2009
The outlook: The Toyota Prius set the standard for hybrid cars, and this update represents the third generation of the car for the U.S. market.
The outlook: The Cube competes directly with the Scion xB, offering a cheap economy car with many practical virtues. Expect good optional cabin tech such as Bluetooth phone support and iPod integration.
The outlook: Kia rolls out the Soul, another small box car with a sporty look. The base model will be pretty stripped down, but upscale trims will offer satellite radio, USB and iPod connections, and Bluetooth support.