Best hybrid cars you don't have to plug in
Like the idea of a hybrid, but don't want to faff around with power cables at the end of every journey? Then these are the top 10 cars for you – and the models that look good on paper but are act...
7. Honda NSX
This hybrid supercar has a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine, boosted by a couple of turbochargers, plus a trio of electric motors – one helping the engine drive the rear wheels, the others driving a front wheel each. So it’s four-wheel drive to help make the combined 574bhp manageable, and the NSX can run around town for short stints on electric power alone. Shame about the five-year waiting list.
6. Lexus LC 500h
You can buy Lexus's flagship coupé with a V8 petrol engine, but it's the V6 hybrid version that's more in keeping with the brand's values – and the car's sci-fi looks. The LC is just as spectacular inside, oozing quality and craftsmanship, and more than 30mpg is possible in real-world conditions, without you even trying.
5. Lexus RX 450h L
While most luxury SUVs lose their third row of seats if you specify them with hybrid power, the RX L is available only as a hybrid and has seven seats across the range. At higher speeds, its V6 engine sounds coarser than you might expect, but around town the RX L delivers a serenity that simply can’t be replicated by conventionally powered cars, no matter how thick their sound deadening and double glazing.
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