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Top 10 List Of Best Hybrid Cars and SUVs For 2010

By: Bill Waters
Staff Writer
Published: Oct 27, 2021

Top 10 List Of Best Hybrid Cars and SUVs For 2010

Our list of the best hybrid cars and SUVs was updated on December 27, 2009, which rates hybrid vehicles by fuel-efficiency, battery, warranty, new car price, and eco-friendly. This list also includes current auto sales.

Ford Fusion

Ford Motor Company has delivered just about everything that a consumer wants in their 2010 Ford Fusion hybrid car. The Ford Fusion is the most fuel-efficient mid-size vehicle today with an MPG rating of 41 City / 36 Highway. It has a starting price of $27,270 and is still illegible for a hybrid tax credit before March 2010.

The Ford hybrid can operate up to 47 mph in the pure electric mode and can deliver more than 700 miles on a single tank of gas. Ford recently drove its hybrid more than 1,440 miles on one tank of gas while using driving techniques to conserve fuel. This is another reason why this car is our favorite and deserves the number one spot.

Honda Insight EX

Honda Motor Co., Ltd is outselling other hybrid cars in Japan after introducing its 2010 Honda Insight EX. Sales in the United States continue to climb as consumers look seek affordability and fuel-efficiency. Insight delivers an MPG rating of 40 City / 43 Highway.

The Insight hybrid is priced at $19,800, which is one of the most affordable cars on the market. The Honda car is equipped with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and includes the Drive-by-Wire throttle system which can deliver the most efficient drive ratio possible. The CVT technology provides the Insight with better fuel economy and acceleration in comparison to conventional transmissions.

Toyota Prius

Toyota is releasing its 2010 Toyota Prius, which is a third-generation hybrid. It has a long track record of proven reliability. The first Prius was launched in 1997. This car is one to keep an eye on as it offers the highest MPG rating of 51 City / 48 Highway.

Toyota Prius makes use of its electric water pump and its new exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system, which contributes to the engine's efficiency. The vehicle also requires no belts under the hood which can result in less potential maintenance. The driver can also receive feedback, from the multi-information display panel, which can provide help to acquire economical driving habits.

Mercury Milan

The 2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid has one of the highest midsize car MPG ratings. The Milan hybrid offers a fair price and can drive up to 47 miles per hour in hybrid electric modes. The base MSRP is $27,500.

The Mercury hybrid features an innovative dual-LCD SmartGauge cluster with EcoGuide which provides a four-level display to help you improve fuel efficiency. One of the nice things about this Mercury car is that it is capable of driving more than 700 miles on one tank of fuel. The propulsion system is also equipped with a combination with a permanent magnet electric motor powered by a nickel-metal hydride (NiMN) battery.

Toyota Camry

The 2009 Toyota Camry hybrid delivers an MPG rating of 33 City / 34 Highway. Camry is the best selling car in North America with a proven track record for reliability. It is one of the most reliable cars on the market.

The Toyota Camry hybrid is a comfortable ride and has a base MSRP of $25,500. The price also includes Toyota's green technology, which delivers better fuel economy. The automaker equipped the hybrid with luxury features found in its top-line Camry XLE model.

Ford Escape SUV

The 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid comes with a 4WD system to enhance traction on roads covered with gravel, ice, or water from rain. The Ford SUV seats up to five passengers and offers a versatile cargo area. The MPG rating is 34 City / 31 Highway.

The Ford Hybrid SUV has a starting price of $29,645. The SUV vehicle actually uses no fuel when you're stopped in traffic or driving at lower speeds. The electric mode will activate, at speeds up to 40 mph, which will turn off the gasoline engine automatically.

Nissan Altima

The 2009 Nissan Altima was built to extend mileage while maintaining high performance. The Nissan hybrid can drive up to 600 miles without refueling. The MPG rating is 35 City / 33 Highway.

The Altima Hybrid has a base MSRP of $26,650. The automobile uses the gas engine on highways since it's more efficient at higher speeds. The electric motor will assist at slower speeds, braking, and when the car stops. Highway travel at faster speeds will automatically recharge the battery in the Altima.

Mercury Mariner SUV

The 2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid SUV is powered by a gasoline engine and electric motor. The SUV will run entirely on its Mariner battery at speeds up to 40 mph. The MPG rating is 34 City / 31 Highway.

The Mariner provides a very comfortable ride and despite the Ford Escape, is our favorite SUV. It has a base MSRP of $30,090 and features a Mercury Vehicle System Controller. This system shuts down the gas engine during coasting or while at stops.

Toyota Highlander SUV

The 2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV offers a dashboard indicator which can help drivers achieve fuel economy. The SUV includes an EV Mode switch that controls throttle response for better fuel efficiency. It offers an MPG rating of 27 City / 25 Highway.

The Highlander Hybrid has a starting price of $34,700. The SUV comes standard with Toyota's Star Safety System, which now includes enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TRAC), an anti-lock brake system (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), and Brake Assist (BA). Enhanced VSC helps the driver maintain control by automatically adjusting engine output and braking force at each wheel under certain conditions while providing steering assistance in the appropriate direction through Electric Power Steering (EPS).

Lexus GS 450h

The 2009 Lexus GS hybrid features the Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence and a dual fuel-injection system. The engine on the GS 450h provides optimum V6 power and fuel efficiency in all driving ranges. The MPG rating is 22 City / 25 Highway.

The Lexus GS 450h hybrid car has a base MSRP of $54,900. The vehicle offers Regenerative Braking, which can store lost energy from heat during braking. The lost energy is captured by an electric motor/generator to charge the battery.

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You can read more information about these vehicles from our Hybrid Cars and Hybrid SUV pages on our Web site. As stated earlier, this top 10 list is an independent study of our own. It represents both 2009 and 2010 models, which are either coming to market or are currently available at local dealerships.

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