Why Your Next Car Should Be a Hybrid—Plus 3 New Luxury Models


Electric vehicles get all the love. Driving a gas-electric hybrid might have made you the greenest guy on the block a few years ago, but times have changed. Pure plug-in electrics now hold the moral high ground, and manufacturers like GM and Volkswagen are doubling down R&D dollars on them—and leaving hybrids behind.

But the gas-electric engine isn’t dead yet: Take the 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, above, a family hauler that competes in the packed midsize SUV segment. These beasts are tasked with devouring miles on the way to soccer games, or Quidditch matches for contrarians. Of the nearly 30 on the market, none sniff the Highlander Hybrid’s 35 mpg with up to 601 miles per tank—all while carrying eight.

That’s a massive 28 percent improvement in fuel…

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