Ford Escape Hybrid 2010
If you are the sort of person who wants to drive a cool SUV without high running costs then the Ford Escape Hybrid FWD could be the vehicle for you. 32mpg from a car this size is good mileage indeed..
First introduced a few years ago the current model has received a few upgrades along the way to make it an even better ownership proposition.
For example Ford's "synch control" is now available and stability control is standard. However, even taking the hybrid technology into account, the Ford Escape Hybrid FWD is not cheap - similar sized traditional (non hybrid) SUVs are thousands of dollars cheaper, which means that after deducting any Federal grants it may still take 6-10 years to break even on the extra cost of the hybrid technology.
If you spend a lot of time in slow moving city traffic or snarled up in traffic jams at rush hour, it is worth it however. So choosing the hybrid model over the standard Escape really comes down to personal preferences. You won�t save money with the hybrid (or at least not for a few years) but it may make you feel more responsible and caring towards the environment.
The SUV will run you about in the neighbourhood of $34,899 - $42,299.
Mazda Tribute Hybrid 2010
Mazda finally entered the hybrid scene, providing the same size and convenience as the regular Tribute, but with the added environmental benefits of a hybrid powertrain. It is basically a re-skinned Ford Escape Hybrid, using the same powertrain and many of the same interior bits. The Mercury Mariner also borrows from the Escape Hybrid, so hybrid shoppers can choose from three flavors of the same vehicle.
The Tribute is both a practical and capable utility, using the same continuously variable transmission and 2.3-liter engine/electric motor combination as the Escape, which is good for a combined 155 horsepower. With acceleration comparable to a 200-horsepower V-6, the Tribute will fare well in higher speed traffic and interstate on-ramps.
Fuel economy numbers for the Mazda Tribute Hybrid match numbers from the Ford Escape Hybrid. That SUV has been estimated by the EPA to return 34 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway in front-wheel-drive, and 29/27 miles per gallon in the four-wheel-drive variant. Like the Escape, the Tribute Hybrid can be driven at speeds up to 25 mph on electric power alone.
In terms of style, the Mazda Tribute goes against the grain of the rest of the brand’s model line. It’s boxier and more traditional—standing apart from the sleek and sporty look of the other Mazda cars and crossovers. The choice of the Tribute, a decidedly low-key model, as Mazda’s first hybrid vehicle was apparently based on the ease of adapting the Escape’s drivetrain, rather than an effort to create some buzz and excitement for the Mazda brand.
The SUV will run you about in the neighbourhood of $29,175 to $33,445 .
Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2010
The latest Highlander hybrid is a vast improvement on previous versions. Although the previous model returned respectable fuel economy, the hybrid power plant was far from unobtrusive. .
The 2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is a seven passenger mid size hybrid SUV that is more refined and functional than its predecessor. The wheelbase has also grown so this latest version provides more legroom and comfort.
The engine has been upgraded to a 3.3L V6 producing 270 horsepower and the electric motor drive has been refined. The continuously variable transmission provides a seamless surge of power and the 0-60mph time of 7.5 seconds is exceptional for a hybrid. The suspension has been tuned for comfort and provides for a smooth ride without wallowing through corners.
Like the Prius, there is an "EV" switch which allows the Highlander to be driven in electric only mode for limited distances and speed. There is also a new "Econ drive mode". This is a system that effectively prevents excessive acceleration and helps you to drive more economically. Changes between electric and gas power are now imperceptible. The Highlander is a true 7 seat vehicle and even adults will be comfortable in third row seats. The Highlander Hybrid is an exceptionally versatile vehicle that delivers 25mpg city/27mpg highway and a worthy contender for top SUV in its class.
The SUV will run you about in the neighbourhood of $34,700 - $41,020.
Lexus RX 450h 2010
The all-new 2010 RX 450h raises hybrid power, performance and luxury to unsurpassed levels. Loaded with advanced driver-inspired Lexus technology, comfort and convenience features, the next generation RX hybrid generates an outstanding 295 net horsepower along with exceptional fuel efficiency and lower emissions.
Environmental leadership and social consciousness meet advanced technology, dynamic performance, and luxury to create the all-new 2010 Lexus RX 450h – the second generation, L-finesse inspired update of the pioneering luxury hybrid crossover. Complete with standard luxurious and intuitive features and technologies, at a manufacturer’s suggested starting price of $59,500, the new RX hybrid delivers additional horsepower, improved fuel efficiency, plus environmental excellence.
“The future of luxury motoring requires the most advanced technologies, not for technologies’ sake, but to deliver performance, fuel efficiency, intuitive and advanced technologies that drivers desire without compromise on luxury,” noted Larry Hutchinson, Director of Lexus in Canada. “With the all-new, second-generation 2010 Lexus RX 450h, Canadians will discover that Lexus is the only luxury manufacturer in the world with a hybrid lineup, which also includes the GS 450h, LS 600h L and the upcoming HS 250h; Lexus hybrids offer a winning combination of hybrid power, fuel efficiency and environmental sophistication.”
All 2010 Lexus RX 450h models feature an all-new Lexus Hybrid Drive built around a larger, more powerful, yet more efficient 3.5L V6 Atkinson Cycle engine coupled to high torque electric motors and a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The result is a gain 10 % in horsepower – up to 295 HP – and a 16% improvement in combined city/highway fuel efficiency. New technologies include a Cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation System (EGR) which improves fuel efficiency and reduces smog-forming emissions, and an Exhaust Heat Recovery System (EHR), which improves efficiency in cold-starting conditions. A new EV mode switch that enables the RX hybrid to be driven short distances in electric-only mode, plus all-wheel-drive AWD, Hybrid SNOW mode, sequential shift capabilities, plus a full suite of handling and safety technologies such as the state of the art Lexus Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management system (VDIM), Lexus hybrid regenerative braking system, and Lexus Electronically Controlled Hydraulic Braking system.
The SUV will run you about in the neighbourhood of $59,500.
Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid 2010
While the long-lived Chevrolet Tahoe does not have the glamorous appeal of its GMC Yukon Denali twin or the Cadillac Escalade, the Chevrolet remains an inveterate reminder of the success of the American SUV. A workhorse at heart, the Tahoe competes with the Ford Expedition, Nissan Armada, and Toyota Sequoia and, rather than reinvent the wheel, Chevrolet chose to sharpen the Tahoe for the 2010 model year.
For those who do a lot of in-town driving or are interested in green technology, the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid may be an interesting proposition. The hybrid remains powered by the 6.0-liter LFA Vortec V-8 matched to a 2-mode continuous electric ratio hybrid transmission with four fixed gears. Power output is rated at 332 horsepower and 367 pound-feet of torque coupled with fuel economy ratings of 21/22 mpg city/highway with rear-drive and 20/20 mpg city/highway with four-wheel drive. With its 3.08 rearend, maximum towing capacity is rated a respectable 6200 pounds with rear-drive, and 6000 pounds with four-wheel drive.
The Tahoe Hybrid, which was previously unavailable with the Tahoe-only Red Jewel Tintcoat, adds the color for 2010. The new Sheer Silver Metallic and Taupe Gray Metallic colors join previously available Black, Blue Granite Metallic, and Summit White. As with the non-hybrid Tahoe, a USB port now graces the SUV's center console.
With no immediate replacement in sight, the 2010 Tahoe can continue to go about its business the way it wants: steadily without making a scene.
The SUV will run you about in the neighbourhood of $49,290 - 56,495.00