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Hybrid Car Review: Kiplinger Rates Hybrids Highly

Monday, February 01, 2010

Kiplinger Rates Hybrids Highly

Kiplinger has announced their annual buyers guid for 2010. And not surprisingly, hybrids dominate the categories for most fuel efficient in most categories.  The Toyota Prius was also tops for resale value in its category.

It's clear the Toyota Prius is tops in value, but whether the new hybrid cars that have really had an impact, for instance, the Ford Fusion Hybrid, can also retain their value remains to be seen.

See the press release from Kiplinger for the categories rated.  Also, Kiplinger has a sortable buying guide.

Washington, DC (February 1, 2010)—Thanks to redesigned models with leaner price tags, plus new hybrids and clean diesels, 2010 boasts some of the best auto inventory consumers have seen—ever. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance sorts through hundreds of vehicles to reveal the best values in its annual buyers’ guide, “2010 Cars: Where the Deals Are,” available online now at and in the March issue on newsstands Tuesday, February 9.

With sortable online data for more than 1,000 cars and SUVs, the annual buyers’ guide shifts into high gear to select winners in 11 categories ranked by price, performance, value, safety, roominess and driving impressions.

New features for this year include Kiplinger’s “worth a look” designation, which spotlights five vehicles in each category that score high enough to be in serious contention for top accolades; an online quiz to test your car-buying IQ; and slideshows highlighting Kiplinger’s picks for Best In Class, Best New Model, Most Fuel-Efficient and Best Resale Value.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance top picks for 2010:

Under $20,000
* Best New Car: Volkswagen Golf ($19,890, 4dr hatch)—Thanks to the powerful pickup of a five-cylinder engine with the most torque in its class—plus sporty handling, high resale values and a full complement of standard safety features—the new Golf is anything but an econobox. The four-door is atop safety pick of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
* Best in Class: Volkswagen Golf 4dr hatch ($19,890)
* Most Fuel-Efficient: Toyota Yaris 4dr ($13,865)
* Best Resale Value: Scion xB 4dr hatch ($16,420)

* Best New Car: Toyota Prius ($23,150, trim level II 4dr hatch)—With a more powerful engine that still manages to be less thirsty than the previous generation, the 2010 Prius has a combined city/highway gas mileage of 50 mpg. More cargo room and a split folding rear seat make it extra utilitarian.
* Best in Class: Volkswagen Jetta TDI 4dr ($24,510)
* Most Fuel-Efficient: Toyota Prius II 4dr hatch ($23,150)
* Best Resale Value: Mini Cooper S 2dr ($23,000)

* Best New Car: Subaru Legacy ($25,660, 3.6R AWD)—Standard all-wheel drive has always been the Subaru hook, but the new Legacy proves its cars can be sexy, too. Taut lines hint at the power under the hood—256 horses from the six-cylinder engine—and high-quality materials grace the roomier cabin. Resale values are strong, too.
* Best in Class: Honda Accord EX V6 4dr ($27,515)
* Most Fuel-Efficient: Toyota Prius IV 4dr hatch ($26,950)
* Best Resale Value: Toyota Prius IV 4dr hatch ($26,950)

* Best New Car: Ford Taurus SHO AWD ($37,995)—Ford’s new EcoBoost engine gives this Taurus the power of a V8 with the fuel economy of a V6. With a roomy interior and stylish design, this top safety pick emerged as a clear winner.
* Best in Class: BMW 335d 4dr ($44,725)
* Most Fuel-Efficient: Mercury Milan Hybrid 4dr ($31,655)
* Best Resale Value: Audi A5 2.0T Quattro AWD 2dr ($36,825)

$45,000 and over
* Best New Car: Mercedes-Benz E-Class ($51,175, E550 4dr)—Sleek lines are synonymous with the E-Class, but the all new sedan has an even smoother ride, sharper handling and better fuel economy (up to 26 mpg on the highway). An Attention Assist feature reminds fatigued drivers with an audible warning when to take a break.
* Best in Class: Lexus LS 460 4dr ($65,555)
* Most Fuel-Efficient: Lexus GS 450h 4dr ($57,425)
* Best Resale Value: Lexus LS 460 4dr ($65,555)

Sports Cars
* Best New Car: Chevrolet Camaro SS ($31,595, 1SS)—The long-awaited rebirth of Chevy’s iconic sports car combines a muscular body and a gauge-heavy instrument panel that recalls the pony car’s past, updated with plenty of 21st-century technology and safety features.
* Best in Class: Porsche Cayman S 2dr (62,370)
* Most Fuel-Efficient: Hyundai Genesis 2.0T 2dr ($22,750)
* Best Resale Value: Chevrolet Camaro SS 2dr ($31,595)

Small Crossovers
* Best New Crossover: Hyundai Tucson ($20,790, GLS)—Hyundai’s smallest crossover gets a Cinderella makeover this year with sharply creased sheet metal, a more aggressive stance, a bigger engine for oomph and more generous cargo space and passenger room.
* Best in Class: Honda CR-V EX AWD ($25,805)
* Most Fuel-Efficient (tie): Ford Escape Hybrid ($30,510) and Mercury Mariner Hybrid ($30,755)
* Best Resale Value: Honda CR-V EX AWD ($25,805)

Large and Midsize Crossovers
* Best New Crossover: Lexus RX 350 ($37,675)—Not just another grocery-getter, the third generation of the original crossover boasts three additional airbags, a new suspension for improved handling, expanded cargo space and available all-wheel drive—for a smaller price tag than last year’s model.
* Best in Class: Toyota Highlander V6 ($28,400)
* Most Fuel-Efficient: Lexus RX 450h (42,535)
* Best Resale Value (tie): BMW X5 35d AWD ($52,025) and BMW X6 35i AWD ($57,125)

Truck-Based SUVs
· Best in Class: Chevrolet Suburban ($44,430, 1500 LS AWD)

· Most Fuel-Efficient (tie): Cadillac Escalade Hybrid ($74,375), Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid ($51,670) and GMC Yukon Hybrid ($52,135)

· Best Resale Value: Jeep Wrangler Sport AWD ($21,915)

· Note: No new truck-based SUV models were introduced this model year.

* Best New Wagon: Subaru Outback ($28,690, 2.5i Limited AWD)—A sophisticated interior and exterior makeover gives the new Outback a roomier cabin, more cargo space and better handling. The utilitarian all-wheel drive standard in Subarus and the new look make the Outback a Best in Class winner and a top safety pick.
* Best in Class: Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited AWD ($28,690)
* Most Fuel-Efficient: Audi A3 2.0 TDI ($30,775)
* Best Resale Value: Toyota Matrix S ($20,400)

* Best in Class: Toyota Sienna CE 7-Passenger ($25,340)
* Most Fuel-Efficient (tie): Chrysler Town & Country Limited ($35,880) and Volkswagen Routan SEL ($37,300)
* Best Resale Value: Honda Odyssey EX ($30,615)
* Note: No new minivan models were introduced this model year.

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