The following cars represent the most technically advanced available.
The 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTE remixes the GTI's 200-hp output with a plug-in hybrid power-train, blending performance with 130-mpg efficiency.
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The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in keeps up with the competition in some ways, but the overall package lacks cohesion, and quirky features such as the right-side camera don't add much.
BMW went back to the drawing board to come up with the i8, a car with three motors, four seats, all-wheel-drive, and a swooping exterior that's straight out of the future. Our first impressions on the road.
Despite a few minor quibbles, the 2014 Infiniti Q50S Hybrid steps up the tech for good fuel economy, handling, driver-assistance features, and cabin infotainment in a premium sport sedan.
The 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in vastly improves the flexibility and potential economy of the standard Prius formula with the simple addition of a power cable and larger, more efficient battery pack.
The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid looks good and can be had with very advanced driver assistance features, but buyers should be aware of Ford's revised fuel economy average of 42 mpg.
The plug-in hybrid Golf GTE is the third GT in the Golf model series, following turbocharged GTI and turbodiesel GTD.
Volvo expects to launch its first plug-in hybrid, an SUV, in the US next year.
Honda isn't known as a leader in hybrid cars. But between California zero emissions laws and gradually growing consumer demand, it just got into the hybrid game in a big way.
If you're a Mac user who's been looking for a way to add live TV and DVR functionality to your computer, the Elgato EyeTV Hybrid could be the solution you've been waiting for. However, in a world of ever-increasing streaming video options, you might find your needs for live TV recording to be ever diminishing.