Best luxury Hybrid cars

Hybrids tend to be synonymous with excellent fuel economy, but that doesn’t mean all hybrid vehicles are gas sippers.

At the top end of the scale sits the Toyota Prius. A hybrid with one of the best gas mileage ratings, its combined 50 mpg is far above many gas-only vehicles.

At the other end however, some models appear to be taking advantage of their hybrid badge, offering marginal efficiency. And we’re not talking about supercars like the LaFerrari (which has an overall fuel rating of 14 mpg).

When shopping for a new car, said that 79 percent of Americans name fuel economy as the most important factor in their buying decision. Instead of assuming that a hybrid status automatically bestows a vehicle with extreme fuel economy, buyers should take a closer look at the EPA rating.

Below are five of the least fuel efficient hybrid models currently on the market.

5. Audi Q5 Hybrid

Audi's Q5 quattro hybrid SUV uses an eight-speed automatic transmission, not a CVT.Combined fuel economy rating: 26 mpg

Audi’s Q5 Hybrid SUV sets the tone for our list by introducing a common theme: many carmakers have opted to take a peppy vehicle already in production and add an electric motor for extra power and fuel savings. The end result typically yields a model with respectable sprint numbers and horsepower ratings, but low fuel economy (in comparison to vehicles that prioritize fuel economy over performance).

The Q5 Hybrid, as an example of this trend, borrows the same 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine from the non-hybrid Q5. Audi then added an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery, giving the Q5 Hybrid an extra 25 horsepower, but only a gain of 3 mpg overall.

4. Mercedes-Benz E400 Hybrid

Combined fuel economy rating: 26 mpg

Mercedes-Benz released its E400 Hybrid a little more than two years ago, adding an electrified model to its mid-range E-class. Supplementing the main 3.5-liter V6 is a singular 27 horsepower electric motor, which is capable of driving the car at speeds of up to 22 mph for about half a mile.

Benz_E400_Hybrid_18-LR“For the power it offers, its economy is respectable, ” said‘s Jeff Cobb. “We would expect also a heavy footed driver could plummet the advertised numbers, but then that is always the case hybrid buyers must understand when contemplating fuel economy claims.”

As tested by the EPA, the E400’s numbers come in at 24 mpg in the city and 29 on the highway, worthy of the number 4 slot on our list.

3. BMW ActiveHybrid 5 and ActiveHybrid 7L

Combined fuel economy rating: 26 and 25 mpg (respectively)

This set of luxury-grade hybrids are the first models on the list to register below the average new car fuel economy, which was 25.2 mpg last month. The ActiveHybrid 5 and its bigger sibling, the ActiveHybrid 7L (pictured above), are BMW’s answer to combining dynamic driving with efficiency.

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BMW tuned both to emphasize acceleration over fuel savings. The 7L can reach 62 mph in 5.7 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph. For the 320 horsepower output, the L7 mates an electric motor to a turbocharged six cylinder.

2. Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

Combined fuel economy rating: 21 mpg

If you’re scratching your head, wondering, “the Touareg what?” you won’t be alone. Last year, Volkswagen sold only 30 units of this SUV hybrid.

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