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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
Lexus GS 450h

Marketing materials for Lexus' first hybrid sedan, the GS 450h, brag about its triple threat -- luxury, performance and, oh yeah, fuel efficiency.

As Toyota's luxury line, Lexus' array of hybrids have benefited from their association with the market leader's gas-electric research.

The GS 450h, Lexus' sports sedan, offers full hybrid performance, meaning it can operate in an all-electric mode, all-gasoline mode or a combination of the two. A 3.5-liter, six-cylinder gasoline engine along with a 288-volt electric motor hurtle the sports sedan from zero to 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds.

And while it drips with luxurious add-ons, the five-passenger sedan gets fuel efficiency that barely surpasses a full-size hybrid SUV, using 22 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

-- Posted: Aug. 4, 2008
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