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Bankrate's 2008 Car Guide
Going green
Saving cash while saving the planet is great but is it cost-effective and the right move for you?
Green is beautiful
Number of hybrid choices soar

More hybrid choices
Cadillac Escalade Lexus RX 400h
Chevrolet Malibu Mazda Tribute
Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra Nissan Altima
Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon Saturn Aura
Chrysler Aspen/Dodge Durango Saturn Vue/ Vue 2 Mode Hybrid
Ford Escape/Mercury Mariner Toyota Camry
Honda Civic Toyota Highlander
Lexus GS 450h Toyota Prius
Lexus LS 600h L
Cadillac Escalade

New in 2009, Cadillac is marrying its luxury reputation with a new green appeal in its Escalade Hybrid. This eight-seat giant sports a 6.0-liter, eight-cylinder engine assisted by a 300-volt electric drive.

The Escalade is a full hybrid, meaning it runs in electric-only mode during slow city driving and during stop-and-go traffic, and uses the gas engine for power assists when it is under heavy load or when the driver needs speed in a hurry. When it comes to a complete stop, the engine shuts down completely to further save fuel.

On the highway during cruising speeds, the Escalade uses General Motors' Active Fuel Management system, which allows half of the engine to idle and converts the eight-cylinder engine into a four-cylinder for better highway mileage.

The Escalade is rated to tow a maximum of 5,800 pounds.

Cadillac includes the electric drive components in its eight-year, 100,000-mile emissions-control warranty.

-- Posted: Aug. 4, 2008
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