Of several new hybrid models, the Honda CR-Z and Lexus CT 200h are the only dedicated hybrids, with no conventional counterparts.
The CR-Z, now on sale, is a small two-seater for buyers who want sporty looks with their fuel economy. But an early drive shows that it's not that sporty to drive or very fuel efficient for a hybrid. Pricing starts at $19,200.
The 200h, expected in early 2011, is a premium compact hatchback that's about the size of an Audi A3. Its hybrid powertrain is similar to the Prius', but it's based on a Toyota Corolla version sold in other countries. Pricing is expected to start around $30,000.
Other hybrids on the horizon include:
|Hyundai Sonata||late 2010|
|Kia Optima||early 2011|
|Lincoln MKZ||fall 2010|
|Porsche Cayenne||fall 2010|
|Volkswagen Jetta||late 2011|
|Volkswagen Touareg||early 2011|