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Honda Civic Hybrid
The 2010 Honda Civic Hybrid is powered by a 1.3L i-VTEC engine with Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) gasoline-electric hybrid technology to enhance both fuel economy and performance. Equipped with a continuously variable transmission, the engine produces a combined 110 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm and combined 123 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1,000-2,500 rpm.

  • Fuel tank capacity: 12.3 gallons.
  • Fuel economy: 40 mpg city/45 highway.
  • Cargo capacity: 10.4 cubic feet.

Toyota Prius
Ranked the most fuel-efficient vehicle in the 2010 Fuel Economy Guide, the 2010 Prius is quieter and roomier than previous models, and is equipped with advanced standard and available features such as a moonroof with solar panels, four driving modes, Intelligent Parking Assist (IPA), and steering wheel touch controls that display on the instrument panel.

  • Fuel tank capacity: 11.9 gallons.
  • Fuel economy: 51 mpg city/48 highway.
  • Cargo capacity: 21.6 cubic feet.

Honda  Insight
The 2010 Honda Insight introduces Eco Assist technology designed to help drivers optimize fuel efficiency. With an ECON button to further enhance the efficiency of multiple vehicle systems — throttle control, CVT operation, idle-stop duration, air conditioning, and cruise-control operation (EX only) — drivers can view fuel efficiency results on the Multi-Information Display (MID), with up to five leaves indicating the “greenest” driving performance.

  • Fuel tank capacity: 10.6 gallons.
  • Fuel economy: 40 mpg city/43 highway.
  • Cargo capacity: 15.9 cubic feet.


Mid-Size / Full-Size Sedans

Ford Fusion Hybrid / Mercury Milan Hybrid
Ford’s overall system upgrade enables the 2010 Fusion Hybrid and Milan Hybrid to operate longer at speeds up to 47 mph in electric mode. Each can travel an estimated 700 miles on a single tank of gas. Enhanced electronic throttle control also reduces airflow on shutdowns, reducing fueling needs on restarts.

  • Fuel tank capacity: 17 gallons.
  • Fuel economy: 41 mpg city/36 highway.
  • Cargo capacity: 11.8 cubic feet.

Nissan Altima Hybrid
The 2010 Altima Hybrid offers a revised front-end appearance, new 16-inch wheel design, refined interior fabric and finishers, and one new exterior color. The vehicle is estimated to have a hybrid system net power rating of 198 horsepower (148 kW) while maintaining low tailpipe emissions, earning an Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV) rating.

  • Fuel tank capacity: 20 gallons.
  • Fuel economy: 35 mpg city/33 highway.
  • Cargo capacity: 10.1 cubic feet.

Toyota Camry Hybrid
First offered in 2006 as the first Toyota hybrid built in the U.S., exterior enhancements to the 2010 Camry Hybrid include a hybrid grille, distinct front bumper, wider lower intake, restyled fog lights, and 16-inch alloy wheels. The Camry Hybrid, equipped with Hybrid Synergy Drive, is also certified as an Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV).

  • Fuel tank capacity: 17.2 gallons.
  • Fuel economy: 33 mpg city/34 highway.
  • Cargo capacity: 10.6 cubic feet.

Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid
Joining the restyled 2010 S-Class line, the S400 Hybrid offers the same interior room, luxury, and convenience features, but is differentiated by 17-twin-spoke 18-inch wheels and HYBRID logos on the trunk lid and dash, as well as BlueEfficency badging on the front fenders. A special hybrid pictogram within the speedometer shows the energy flow, energy recovery, and battery charge.

  • Fuel tank capacity: 23.8 gallons.
  • Fuel economy: 19 mpg city/26 highway.
  • Cargo capacity: 19.8 cubic feet.

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Ford Escape Hybrid / Mercury Mariner Hybrid
Ford’s 2010 Escape Hybrid and Mariner Hybrid SUVs use a 2.5L I-4 designed to run on the Atkinson combustion cycle. An advanced engine processor enables improved transitions between gas and electric vehicle mode. The hybrids also feature a powertrain damping system to reduce vibrations and feedback to the driver and other vehicle occupants.

  • Fuel tank capacity: 15.1 gallons.
  • Fuel economy: 34 mpg city/31 highway.
  • Cargo capacity: 97.3 cubic feet.

Toyota Highlander Hybrid
The Highlander Hybrid continues with Hybrid Synergy Drive, extensively upgraded and refined for the second generation for both power and fuel economy. The output of the Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain is 270 net horsepower, while delivering fuel economy ratings 30-percent higher than the conventional V-6 Highlander models.

  • Fuel tank capacity: 17.2 gallons.
  • Fuel economy: 27 mpg city/25 highway.
  • Cargo capacity: 146.7 cubic feet.

Mercedes-Benz ML450 Hybrid
With the same interior room, convenience, and safety features as other M-Class vehicles, the 2010 ML450 Hybrid features V-8 like power with four-cylinder fuel economy, differentiated by a HYBRID logo on the rear lift gate, a revised front hood with two power domes, and five-twin-spoke 19-inch wheels.

  • Fuel tank capacity: 23.8 gallons.
  • Fuel economy: 21 mpg city/24 highway.
  • Cargo capacity: 72.4 cubic feet.

Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid / GMC Sierra Hybrid
The 2010 Silverado Hybrid and Sierra Hybrid full-size pickups achieve 40-percent greater city fuel economy and a 25-percent improvement in overall fuel economy while offering a 6,100-lb. towing capacity. Partnering GM’s two-mode hybrid system and a 6.0L gas V-8, the hybrid trucks perform efficiently, including all-electric driving up to 30 mph and traveling more than 500 miles on a single tank.

  • Fuel tank capacity: 26 gallons.
  • Fuel economy: 21 mpg city/22 highway.
  • Cargo capacity: 53.2 cubic feet.

Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid / GMC Yukon Hybrid & Yukon Denali Hybrid
The Tahoe Hybrid and Yukon Hybrid continue into 2010 relatively unchanged. The new Yukon Denali Hybrid addition, along with the other two trucks, deliver up to 6,200 lbs. of towing capacity (2WD) and standard eight-passenger seating capacity.

  • Fuel tank capacity: 24.5 gallons.
  • Fuel economy: 21 mpg city/22 highway (2WD, 4WD).
  • Cargo capacity: 108.9 cubic feet.



Cadillac Escalade Hybrid / Escalade Platinum Hybrid
The key to General Motors’ two-mode hybrid system found in the 2010 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade Platinum Hybrid is that the system generates the electric power used to propel the vehicle. When brakes are applied or the vehicle is coasting, the electric motors within the hybrid system create electricity stored in the 300-volt battery which moves the vehicle and renews the regenerative braking cycle.

  • Fuel tank capacity: 24.5 gallons.
  • Fuel economy: 20 mpg city/21 highway.
  • Cargo capacity: 108.9 cubic feet.


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Grace Lauron

Grace Lauron

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Grace Lauron is a former associate editor with Bobit Business Media. She later changed her name to Grace Suizo.

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