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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
Nissan Altima

An often-overlooked model, the Nissan Altima adds another sedan to the hybrid market. Built on powertrain components that drive Toyota's hybrids, the 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine works alongside a 244-volt electric motor to deliver 35 miles per gallon in the city and 33 miles per gallon on the highway. But unlike Toyota's hybrids, the Altima still qualifies for a full federal tax credit of $2,350.

The five-passenger Altima uses a full-hybrid drive, meaning it can operate in an all-electric mode, all-gasoline mode or a combination of the two.

-- Posted: Aug. 4, 2008
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