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CarReview's Best Car Choices of 2009

Monday November 23rd, 2009 at 3:1111 PM
Posted by: ggaillard

Best Hybrid Car: 2010 Toyota Prius, 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid

2010 Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius: consumer reviews | manufacturer’s link

Hollywood didn’t pick this one for us; the Toyota Prius wins on merit. Once you see and drive the redesigned 2010 model, the whole hybrid concept comes into focus as more than extreme engineering experiments for the Green contingent. CarReview’s recent Hybrid Buyer’s Guide describes some of the recent innovations in hybrids that have made them viable options without the compromises that plagued previous generations. The 2010 Prius embraces the best of these ideas and innovations. As a spacious, purpose-built, full hybrid priced for everyday sedan buyers it makes sense as primary around town transportation. It doesn’t look, drive or feel weird anymore. The Prius won’t be on any enthusiast’s short list, but it is the EPA’s mileage champ and no matter what pundits might say about whether it will save the planet, using a Prius means you’ll spend a lot less on gasoline because of sophisticated engineering that sets it apart from the competition.

Differentiating characteristics: sophisticated design and drivetrain, practical packaging, price

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid

Ford Fusion Hybrid: consumer reviews | manufacturer’s link

Combining a highly efficient hybrid power train with top-notch standard and optional cabin tech, the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid is both a great tech car and a great value. The beauty is how the Ford Fusion Hybrid manages class-leading fuel efficiency without making too many performance sacrifices. The Ford Sync technology package is top notch and the Sony premium audio system is a great-sounding system at a great value. Configurable SmartGauge instrument cluster is a good tool for learning to drive more efficiently.

Differentiating characteristics: more powerful AND more fuel-efficient, SYNC audio/calling interface, improved interior quality and quietness, solid build quality

Best Hybrid Crossover/SUV: 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid, 2010 Lexus RX 450h

2010 Ford Escape Hybrid

Ford Escape Hybrid: consumer reviews | manufacturer’s link

The Ford Escape Hybrid is five years old and while there are now more technically sophisticated competitors on the block, the Escape still best captures the essence of what a good hybrid SUV should be. It is practical with good fuel economy and few compromises. Furthermore, Ford has consistently updated the Escape with useful feature upgrades and refinements. Its fuel economy is significantly better than its gasoline counterparts and with a 9 second 0-60 time and well damped handling overall performance is surprisingly good. While the hybrid premium within the model line is a bit steep, the Escape remains a strong value in the segment. Today hybrids are about efficiency and practicality. The Escape continues to carry those virtues in ways others can’t.

Differentiating characteristics: mature drivetrain and design, utility, price

2010 Lexus RX 450h Hybrid

Lexus RX hybrid: consumer reviews | manufacturer’s link

For 2010, Lexus has redesigned its RX hybrid crossover and changed its moniker from 400h to 450h, marking the SUV’s second generation. Lexus has refined one of its best-selling vehicles by updating the technology and adding a few needed elements to keep it fresh and modern. The RX hybrid is perfect for the iPhone-loving city-stomper.

Beneath the hood, the 2010 Lexus RX 450h is completely different. Instead of a conventional V-6 engine, there’s a 3.5-liter V-6 coupled to Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive, which includes two separate motors (a third on all-wheel-drive versions); a continuously variable transmission instead of a six-speed automatic; and a hefty battery pack under the second-row seat. The combination of gas and electric power, Lexus says, gives the RX 450h fuel economy of 28 mpg city, 26 mpg highway, about 10 percent better than the last RX hybrid.

Differentiating characteristics: smooth, controlled ride, new Remote Touch controller has cutting-edge feel, big boost to EPA city fuel-economy numbers

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3 Responses to CarReview's Best Car Choices of 2009

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  2. r4 ds says:

    My vote goes to 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe…it is really awesome car. And i felt it is the best one i ever drive before.thanks for sharing others also.

  3. Peter Anastopulos says:

    I don’t know why the Auto Press believes they have to include the Accord. It is way past it’s expiration date even though it’s fairly new.First it’s styling is awful somewhat like a BMW 5 series if there designers were mentally challenged. If they would just use Civics design just larger .The materials look so cheap especially in the 4 cylinder format.I would own the Malibu,Fusion,Lacrosse,Mazda6 or Passat over the Accord .Honda really needs to rethink there design .Just look at that awful Element,Ridgeline and the grill on there new Hatchback Accord.How can the company that makes the attractive Civic make these challengers to the Aztec .Funny how the tables are turning recently against the standard barriers .





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