What Are the CNET Cars Team's Favorite Hybrids?
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What Are the CNET Cars Team's Favorite Hybrids?

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[MUSIC] If you're looking to save money at the pump and help keep the air just a little cleaner, you should consider a hybrid. I'm serious. [MUSIC] Howdy friends and welcome to another exciting video. Gas prices may be the lowest they've been in years But that doesn't mean you should be flagrantly wasteful. Sure I would love to set a tanker truck on fire as much as the next guy, but I'm not going to do that, again. There are plenty of excellent hybrid and plug in hybrid vehicles available today which all save loads of fuel. And in no particular order. Here are some of the roadshow teams absolute favorites. [MUSIC] First up a Toyota but probably not the model you're thinking of did the Prius come to mind? I bet it did. But instead of that we've selected the Highlander hybrid, a large and versatile three row utility vehicle. This thing has an upscale interior, plenty of high tech goodies and loads of refinement. Of course it also delivers in credible fuel economy front drive model stickers at 36 miles per gallon combined. That's crazy for something that can seat up to eight people. Our next selection is not only thriftier than Warren Buffett a legendary cheap skate it's also roomy inside has a Primo cabin. And looks like a normal car. The Honda Insight is totally a stealth Hybrid. It'll get you better than 50 miles per gallon without even trying yet nothing about it screams economy, hypermiling or tree-hugging hippie that collects discarded dryer lint to spun into yarn for knitting eco-friendly clothing. Well it's not the fastest thing around, but it's still got plenty of giddy-up for normal use. According to Honda, the inside's two motor hybrid drivetrain has a total system output of 151.5 horsepower and I'm not sure which half of the horse they're counting, but I do hope it's the front. Now it's time for a plug-in hybrid and a luxury model no less. Porsche offers a couple different gasoline electric power trains in its Panamera. There's the four E-hybrid and the Turbo S E-hybrid. Each power train is offered in the standard sedan, extended length Panamera Executive and even the Sport Turismo wagon body styles because That's not confusing. I guess the Germans just love complicating things less kind of sploosh the Z isn't a secret harbor. Anyway, the less potent of these two power trains features a twin turbocharged V six augmented by an electric motor. This package delivers 462 horsepower. 516 pound feet of torque. The more muscular variant is built around a twin turbo V eight that is also bolstered by a motor that set up get just 680 horses and 626 pounds of twist. In either case a 14.1 kilowatt hour lithium ion battery pack provides And electric-only driving range about of about 14 miles. As for fuel efficiency, expect right around 50 MPGE for each power train, less than half that when running on only gasoline. Toyota is the automaker best known for building hybrids, but Ford has sold more than its share of gasoline electric vehicles, as well. Now you'd never know that based on the new explore hybrid which is, well it's not very good, but it's little brother The Escape Hybrid is actually super nice to drive. It's amped up power train is smooth and reasonably potent, delivering around 200 horsepower. Fuel economy is naturally a strong suit. The front drive version stickering at 41 miles per gallon combined and that is hard to argue with. For even greater efficiency a plug in version of this vehicle is in the works as well. Ford and other automakers too, are rapidly shifting away from sedans. But what if you want a fuel efficient vehicle that's not a crossover or SUV. Well, Toyota will happily take your money in exchange for an Avalon hybrid. This sizable four door is cushy and comfortable with a large interior and plenty of refinement. Now under the hood, you'll find a 2.5 liter gasoline engine. Augmented by a couple electric motors this team delivers 215 system horsepower and up to 44 miles per gallon combined. The XLE trim serves base duty here and kicks off at just about $38,000 including destination fees. Just be thankful they don't charge based on the square footage of that grill, because if they did. I don't even think Jeff Bezos could afford this car. It's got a lot of grill folks. Much like that Toyota Highlander mentioned earlier. The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica hybrid is a large and useful vehicle with tons of interior space for passengers packages or even both at the same time. With a plug in power train, it's also super economical returning 82 mpge combined when running on electricity. Now under the hood is a 3.6 liter V6 and a pair of motors that, among other things function as a continuously variable transmission. Total system output measures 260 horsepower. With a 16 kilowatt hour lithium ion battery pack on board, it offers an electric only driving range of about 32 miles. The new Honda CRV hybrid builds on the all around excellence of the standard CRV utility vehicle, by delivering significantly improved fuel economy and better refinements. With standard all wheel drive, it's smooth running to motor hybrid system gives you a 212 system horsepower to play with, which is a nice upgrade over the regular models 190. As for fuel economy expect 38 miles per gallon combined. When you factor in this Honda's versatile cabin and standard driver assistance technology, it's easy to see why it's a roadshow favorite. One of the most beautiful plug in hybrids available today is the Volvo V 60. And hell, that's enough of a reason right there to include it in this list. Now in top shelf, pollster engineered trim. This Swedish long roof features a turbo and supercharged four cylinder engine that's augmented by a rear mounted electric motor, all that jazz Jazz hands. Get your 415 horsepower and just shy of 500 pound feet of torque. Obviously, the performance is stellar, but so is the efficiency. With a fully juiced battery, you should get around 22 miles of electric only range and 69 mpge combined. Once that electron reservoir is depleted, expect around 30 miles per gallon in mixed driving When running on gasoline, finally there's an exotic hybrid worth mentioning. It has 573 horsepower on tap and can hit 60 miles an hour in less than three seconds, and it's easy to forget the Acura NSX is a hybrid but it is one with three electric motors providing extra ohms. And Torque Vectoring all wheel drive. Now efficiency ain't one of this car strong suits you should expect around 21 miles per gallon and mix driving, but it sure goes like stink and gets loads of attention wherever you take And that will do it for this video. Thank you all so much for watching but before riding off into the sunset, would you mind subscribing to our YouTube channel? It only take's a second and it's just one click. It's so easy. I mean I would do it for you if I could but I can't. Don't look at me like that. You know I would.

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