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Going Green: The Priciest Hybrid Luxury Cars

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Going Green: The Priciest Hybrid Luxury Cars

The hybrid vehicle is a highly popular type of vehicle these days. Who wouldn’t want to have a vehicle that can come with a traditional gas or diesel engine as well as an electric battery to keep from using fuel in certain situations? It’s sensible considering how beneficial this kind of engine can be.

This kind of vehicle has a better fuel economy rating than other vehicles and will also utilize fewer emissions. It is especially useful for today’s economic climate where the cost of fuel is consistently expensive with no real prediction as to whether or not it will ever be cheap again.

Many high-end vehicles come with hybrid engines but they will cost a very large amount of money to get. These include luxury vehicles from some of the world’s hottest premier brands. Some of these brands include high-name options like Porsche and Cadillac. Everyone seems to be getting on the hybrid bandwagon thanks to the features that these vehicles have.

These vehicles particularly come with massive engines that can get these vehicles to go a little faster than others. They also come with many features that improve the travel experience including strong sound systems among other items. The things used in these luxury vehicles will vary but they will include high values attached to them.

This listing of the most expensive hybrid luxury vehicles covers cars for the 2013 and 2014 model years. These prices are also for the base models, meaning that they do not come with the many optional features that the costliest versions of these vehicles may have. These cars may do well from a fuel perspective but sometimes the savings come at a price. Still, they have their own special luxuries that make their prices worthwhile.

10. Lincoln MKZ – $35,000

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The Lincoln MKZ has a small four-cylinder engine to go with its motor, thus helping give this car a 41 mpg rating on the highway. It also uses an ambient lighting system and a six-speaker stereo system. It costs $35,000 to get this vehicle but it can go up to $40,000 and beyond if you get this with an all-leather trim on the inside and slightly larger wheels. This makes the vehicle all the more appealing to use.

9. Audi Q5 – $51,000

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The Audi Q5 has a 26 mpg rating. This SUV has a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that uses direct fuel injection and variable timing alongside its base battery to keep the vehicle from using more fuel than needed, while supporting speeds of around 130 mpg at the most. The Bang and Olufsen sound system and its Wi-Fi support help to boost the value of this SUV model to a base total of $51,000.

8. Infiniti M35h – $53,000

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With a highway fuel rating of 32 mpg, the M35h has a 3.5L V6 engine with a seven-speed automatic transmission and has an electric mode that works for about half the time on average when using a car, thus making it capable of powering the vehicle for up to ten miles without fuel on a full charge. It is an efficient vehicle but it costs $53,000 for the base model.

7. Porsche Cayenne Hybrid – $70,900

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Although it gets a combined 22 mpg when compared to the 15 mpg that comes with the standard model, the Porsche Cayenne SUV will cost $70,900. However, this cost comes with a 3.0L V6 engine, 18-inch wheels and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Its all wheel drive system can also tow around 7,700 pounds at a time. Interestingly enough, the 2009 model only costs $68,000, thus making the price close to the same.

6. Cadillac Escalade Hybrid – $74,500

2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

The Escalade Hybrid gets 23 mpg on the highway and has a system where four of the eight cylinders in the engine can be deactivated as needed to keep the vehicle from using more fuel. It also takes kinetic energy from the vehicle and converts it into electric energy for later use. These are unique technologies but they come at a price as it will cost $74,500 to get this vehicle in its base model.

5. Cadillac ELR – $75,000

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The Cadillac ELR is expected to cost around $75,000 and features a hybrid engine that gets around 40 mpg. It can go around 300 miles when its battery is ready and its nine-gallon tank is filled. This is paired with 20-inch wheels and a single-speed automatic transmission plus its own navigation system integrated into every model including the vehicle’s base model. This vehicle has been seen as a luxury equivalent to the Chevrolet Volt.

4. BMW ActiveHybrid 740 – $84,000

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The ActiveHybrid 740 will cost $84,000 and will get just 30 mpg on the highway. This high total is still impressive considering the engine this car comes with. It has a 3.0L I6 engine that uses a turbo feature with direct engine injection features and an overdrive features on its eight-speed automatic transmission. The $84,000 cost comes for the rear wheel drive version with the all wheel drive system going for around $5,000 more.

3. Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid – $92,300

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The S400 Hybrid has a 3.5L V6 engine and runs at around 30 mpg. It uses a backup camera, massaging front seats and comes with an option to get a diesel-fueled engine instead of a standard gasoline engine. Its seven-speed automatic transmission also makes it a big vehicle to find but it will cost at least $92,300 to get in its basic form. This is a highly expensive model from a big-name brand.

2. Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid – $99,000

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This vehicle combines a 333hp combustion engine with a 95hp electric motor that can be recharged through a plug. The engine itself uses a direct fuel injection system and an eight-speed automatic transmission plus a stability manager, a Bose sound system and an air suspension system. It will cost $99,000 to get in its base form but it can go at speeds of up to 167 mph at its fastest.

1. Lexus LS 600h – $120,000

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The LS 600h uses a 5.0L V8 engine alongside an electric motor to give the car a total of 20 mpg. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in a little less than six seconds. Its pre-collision safety system with blind spot monitors and its fully digital interface with its full touch screen control system are very popular features here. Its cost is around $40,000 more than the second-highest vehicle on the LS tier.

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