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2008 Hybrid

In a historic year, automakers produced an array of 2008 hybrid models, from the trend-setting Toyota Prius through the stealthy Nissan Altima Hybrid and utilitarian Ford Escape Hybrid. Where the pickings were once slim, there’s now a bounty of choices.

MPGomatic had the good fortune to review most of the 2008 hybrid cars and SUVs over the course of the year, and we’ve come away with some interesting observations. There’s little doubt that 2008 set a high-water mark on an ever-rising tide, as hybrid technology clearly moves into the mainstream.

While it’s tough to pick a single favorite among the 2008 hybrids, a number of models stood out from the crowd. Although the Prius continued as the most fuel-efficient car sold in America, the Honda Civic Hybrid was close behind. The Toyota Synergy Drive technology in the Prius captured the top spot due to its ability to glide under pure electric propulsion at lower speeds.

Among the five-seat 2008 hybrid SUVs, the Saturn VUE Green Line Hybrid took the honors for highest highway mileage, while the Ford Escape Hybrid grabbed the crown for city mileage. The Toyota Highlander Hybrid was unchallenged as the most fuel-efficient seven-seat SUV.

All-in-all, a very good year that sets the stage for an even-higher level of hybridization in 2009.

Hybrid Reviews:


Year Manufacturer Model Engine Displacement Fuel Transmission City Highway
2008 CHEVROLET MALIBU HYBRID 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (L4) Auto 24 32
2008 FORD ESCAPE HYBRID 4WD 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (AV) Auto 29 27
2008 FORD ESCAPE HYBRID FWD 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (AV) Auto 34 30
2008 HONDA CIVIC HYBRID 4 cylinder 1.3 liter R (AV) Auto 40 45
2008 LEXUS GS 450H 6 cylinder 3.5 liter P (S6) Auto 22 25
2008 LEXUS LS 600HL 8 cylinder 5.0 liter P (S8) Auto 20 22
2008 LEXUS RX 400H 2WD 6 cylinder 3.3 liter P (AV) Auto 27 24
2008 LEXUS RX 400H 4WD 6 cylinder 3.3 liter P (AV) Auto 26 24
2008 MAZDA TRIBUTE HYBRID 2WD 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (AV) Auto 34 30
2008 MAZDA TRIBUTE HYBRID 4WD 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (AV) Auto 29 27
2008 MERCURY MARINER HYBRID 4WD 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (AV) Auto 29 27
2008 MERCURY MARINER HYBRID FWD 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (AV) Auto 34 30
2008 NISSAN ALTIMA HYBRID 4 cylinder 2.5 liter R (AV) Auto 35 33
2008 SATURN AURA HYBRID 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (L4) Auto 24 32
2008 SATURN VUE GREEN LINE 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (L4) Auto 25 32
2008 TOYOTA CAMRY HYBRID 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (AV) Auto 33 34
2008 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER HYBRID 4WD 6 cylinder 3.3 liter R (AV) Auto 27 25
2008 TOYOTA PRIUS 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (AV) Auto 48 45

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