Hybrid News

2021 Escape Plug-in Hybrid now on sale

After one year plus of delay, the 2021 Escape plug-in hybrid is now available for sale. The Escape is available in just front-wheel drive and has a best-in-class fuel efficiency of 41 mpg on gasoline alone. The base SE trim starts at $32,650, and the higher SEL and Titanium trims cost around $3,000 and $6,000 more. Read more

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Jeep announces 2022 Grand Cherokee 4xe PHEV

Jeep’s redesigned 2-row Grand Cherokee 4xe plug-in hybrid will arrive at dealerships later this year. A 2L inline-4 engine and two motor generators combine to power the car, delivering a total output of 375hp. The Trailhawk off-road grade trim, which features 18-inch rims, an off-road camera, and 4-wheel drive, is also available for customers. The Cherokee’s interior is no slouch either, featuring a spacious cabin with a 10.3-inch digital gauge cluster and 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen. Read more

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Ford F-150 Hybrid towing examples

Cars.com’s Mike Hanley carried out several tests of the 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid’s towing capacity. The items towed were the Taxa Cricket, a lightweight single-axle camper, the 1998 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, the Airstream Flying Cloud 25FB, a 25 ft travel trailer, and the 2002 Ford SVT Focus. The most fuel-efficient trip was 16 mpg over 285 miles with the 2002 Ford SVT Focus which weighs 4,610 lbs; the least fuel-efficient was 10.9 mpg over 1,872 miles with the Airstream travel trailer which weighs 6,190 lbs. Read more

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2022 Tundra pickup to offer a hybrid powertrain

The 2022 Tundra will be Toyota’s first hybrid pick-up truck. A twin-turbocharged V6 engine will combine with an electric motor to power the pick-up truck, delivering 437 horsepower and 583 lb-ft of torque. The truck’s towing capacity increases by 1,800lbs to 12,000lbs. The truck also features an improved interior with a redesigned, sleeker touchscreen infotainment center that comes with a voice-based assistant. Read more

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2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV review

Efficient is the one word to describe the 2021 Outlander PHEV. The compact SUV’s interior is quite frankly outdated, but it gets the job done, avoiding the complex layouts of its competitors. The Outlander PHEV has total output of 221 hp, up 16% from the previous year’s model due primarily to the larger 13.8kWh battery pack. It only delivers an EPA rating of 26 mpg, but it combats its relatively low fuel efficiency with fast charging, which none of its competitors, including the RAV4 Prime, offer. Read more

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Mercedes AMG 63 S E Performance Hybrid enters production

Mercedes will begin production of its first performance hybrid, the AMG 63 S E Performance. Powering the car is a 4L V8 bi-turbo engine housed in the front and a 150kW electric motor and battery housed in the rear; both combine to give the car a total output of 831hp. The AMG 63 S E Performance hits 60mph in 2.9 seconds!Read more

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Stellantis offering XL Fleet hybrid system available as an upfit for Ram 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty pickup trucks

Thanks to XL FLeet’s hybrid-electric drive system, Stellantis’ Ram 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks are available as hybrids. XL Fleet now has four of the five top-selling pickup trucks in the U.S.: Ford F-Series, Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, and Ram 2500 and 3500. XL Fleet’s hybrid-electric system comes with a standard 3-year 75000-mile warranty.Read more

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Lower Prices for the 2022 Kia Nio Hybrid and PHEV Models

The 2022 Kia Niro retains the same $25,865 base price tag as the 2021 model, but its highest trims, the Touring SE and the EX Premium come in at about $1,000 cheaper than the previous year’s. The vehicle is powered by a 1.6L four-cylinder engine and a 1.6kWh battery with a 43-hp electric motor and has a fuel efficiency rating of 50 mpg combined. Read more

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2022 Sorento adds a Plug-in Hybrid powertrain

The 2022 Sorento Hybrid is powered by a 1.6L turbocharged inline-4 engine and a 66.9 kW electric motor. The SUV delivers on fuel efficiency with a projected 79 MPGe. The Sorento’s cabin is very spacious, offering the most passenger room of any plug-in hybrid SUV. Customers will be able to choose between two trims: the SX and SX-P.Read more

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