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10 hybrids to consider if you're in the market

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Kia Optima Hybrid

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Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

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If you're looking for a sports coupe, sedan or SUV and you'd like a hybrid, there are a number of models that might just have your name on it. Here are 10 hybrid vehicles offered by various manufacturers that might fit the bill.

Toyota Prius C

MSRP: $20,950

Standard features: AM/FM/CD/ MP3/WMA, USB audio input, Bluetooth capability, six speakers, keyless entry, power door locks, power windows, front disc brakes, rear drum brakes,

Seats: Five

Engine: 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder, electric motor, Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD),

Transmission: Continuously variable transmission (CVT)

Output: 99 horsepower (net), 125 lbs.-ft of torque

Fuel economy: 3.5 L/100 km in the city, 4 L/100 km on the highway

Cargo capacity: 481 litres

Notes: Canada's most affordable hybrid is very functional and has the fuel economy numbers to boot.

HONDA CRZ

MSRP: $22,590

Standard features: 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, three-mode drive system (Sport, Normal, Economy), hill start assist, front-wheel drive, 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist

Seats: Two

Engine: 1.5-litre, 16-valve, SOHC, i-VTEC 4-cylinder with Integrated Motor Assist (IMA)

Transmission: Close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission (MT)

Output (net): 122 horsepower, 128 lbs.-ft of torque

Fuel economy: 6.5 L/100 km in the city, 5.3 L/100 km on the highway

Cargo Capacity: 711 litres

Notes: This two-seater hybrid sports coupe comes with a standard 6-speed manual transmission. Very cool.

VW JETTA HYBRID

MSRP: $27,875

Standard features: Hybrid-specific instrument cluster with in-dash energy flow display, leatherette door inserts. leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel, shift knob and hand brake lever, electric mode (E-Mode) button cruise control, hill hold assist

Seats: Five

Engine: 1.4-litre turbocharged (TSI) 4-cylinder engine combined with an electric motor

Transmission: 7-speed DSG

Output: 150 horsepower, 184 lbs.-ft of torque

Fuel economy: TBA

Cargo capacity: 320 litres

Notes: The Jetta Hybrid is VW's first hybrid model in Canada and is expected to hit streets January of 2013.

Ford Fusion HYBRID

MSRP: $29,999

Standard features: ABS/ Integrated regenerative braking, Advance-Trac with ESC and brake traction control, 10-way power driver seat w/ power lumbar support, hill start assist, chrome exhaust tip

Seats: Five

Engine: 2.0-litre DOHC in-line 4-cylinder, Atkinson cycle with electric motor

Transmission: Electronic continuously variable (e-CVT)

Output: 188 (net) horsepower, 332 (net) lbs.-ft of torque

Fuel economy: 4 L/100 km in the city, 4.1L/100km on the highway

Cargo capacity: 340 litres

Notes: Good looks and great fuel economy are just two attributes of this new Fusion Hybrid.

Kia Optima HYBRID

MSRP: $30,595

Standard features: 16-inch alloy wheels with low rolling resistance tires, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, fully automatic dual zone climate control with cabin air filter, heated power side mirrors with LED outside mirror repeaters, hidden muffler, rear climate ventilation, rear lip spoiler, rear-view camera, signature sport grille and smart key with push button ignition

Seats: Five

Engine: 2.4-litre in-line 4-cylinder Theta II Interior-permanent magnet synchronous motor -- electric

Transmission: 6-speed automatic Transmission w/ Steptronic shifter

Output: 206 horsepower, 195 lbs.-ft of torque

Fuel economy: 5.8 L/100 km in the city, 5.1 L/100km on the highway

Cargo capacity: 280 litres

Notes: It might not have a generous cargo capacity, but there's still room for five inside.

Hyundai Sonata HYBRID

MSRP: $30,689

Standard features: 16-inch hybrid design alloy wheels, power door locks, dual zone automatic temperature control, cruise control, heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shift knob, Bluetooth, steering wheel-mounted audio controls

Seats: Five

Engine: 2.4-litre I4 MPI DOHC engine and lithium-polymer battery powered electric motor

Transmission: 6-speed automatic Transmission with Shiftronic

Output: 206 (net) horsepower, 269 (net) lbs.-ft of torque

Fuel economy: 5.7 L/100 km in the city, 4.8L/100km on the highway

Cargo capacity: 304 litres

Notes: Hyundai's popular-selling Sonata gives customers style and character under one roof.

ACURA ILX HYBRID

MSRP: $36,935

Standard features: 5-inch colour information display, smart entry with push-button start, hands-freelink-bilingual Bluetooth wireless mobile phone interface with steering wheel-mounted controls, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, projector-beam halogen headlights, front-wheel drive

Seats: Five

Engine: 1.5-litre i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine with Integrated Electric Motor

Transmission: Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with sequential SportShift paddle shifters and Grade Logic Control

Output: 111 horsepower, 127 lbs.-ft of torque

Fuel economy: 5 L/100 km in the city, 4.8 L/100 km on the highway

Cargo capacity: 283 litres

Notes: For the 2013 model year, Acura introduced ILX sedan complete with a hybrid model.

Lexus RX 450H

MSRP: $56,750

Standard features: Dual zone automatic climate control, USB audio input, auto sound Leveliz-er (ASL), Bluetooth capability, integrated XM satellite radio, 40/20/40 split rear seats, sliding rear seats, 8-inch LCD display, backup camera and 18-inch alloy wheels

Seats: 5

Engine: 3.5-litre V6 with Lexus Hybrid Drive and Atkinson Cycle

Transmission: Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) sequential shift mode

Output: 295 horsepower, 234 lbs.-ft of torque

Fuel economy: 6.7 /100 km in the city, 7.2 L/100 km on the highway

Cargo capacity: 1,132 litres (behind rear seats)

Notes: Lexus's hybrid SUV comes with an all-wheel drive system and still achieves great fuel economy.

BMW ACTIVE HYBRID3

MSRP: $58,300

Standard features: Rear-view camera and surround view, park assistant, automatic climate control, iDrive, contactless opening of the trunk, heads-up display, lane departure and lane change warning, adaptive headlines and BMW Assist Emergency Call

Seats: Five

Engine: 3-litre straight Twin-Power Turbo 6-cylinder with electric motor

Transmission: 8-speed automatic

Output: 335 horsepower, 330 lbs.-ft of torque

Fuel economy: 8 L/100 km in the city, 5.9 L/100 km on the highway

Cargo Capacity: 481 litres Notes: BMW's rear-wheel drive 3 Series sedan has the sportiness with the bonus of a hybrid system.

GMC Yukon HYBRID

MSRP: $69,190

Standard features: 300-volt nickel-metal hydride energy storage system, traction control, regenerative 4-wheel disc braking system with ABS, premium smooth ride suspension, StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with Proactive Roll Avoidance, black assist steps, tire pressure monitoring system, Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity,

Seats: Eight

Engine: Vortec 6.0-litre V8 with Hybrid electric propulsion system

Transmission: 2-Mode continuous electric ratio hybrid transmission with four fixed gears

Output: 332 horsepower, 248 lbs.-ft of torque

Fuel economy: 2 W D -- 10.1 L/100 km in the city, 8.4 L/100 km on the highway; 4WD -- 10.2 L/100 km in the city, 8.5 L/100 km on the highway

Cargo capacity: 479 litres (behind third row); 3,084 litres (with 2nd and 3rd row folded flat)

Notes: The Yukon Hybrid might be big, but some people need big vehicles. The hybrid definitely helps cut fuel costs.

-- Postmedia News

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