Luxury

Hybrid, diesel, and now electric technologies break the link between great efficiency and the stripped-down econobox. Thanks to these relatively new types of vehicles, car buyers with deep pockets no longer need to compromise on ride quality or luxury features in order to save fuel and protect the environment. On the other hand, hybrid and electric car makers have a habit of emphasizing larger engines with hybridized models and greater speed potential. This is in large part because luxury car sellers are catering to perceived buyer expectations. Luxury class alternative energy cars may thus also be called “performance” hybrids or EVs (like Tesla’s Model S) and their makers are loathe to have them seem too tame next to gas-powered competitors.

Name Combined MPG Technology MSRP Available
2008 Lexus RX 400h

2008 Lexus RX 400h

Everything a luxury SUV buyer seeks—in a greener package.
25 MPG Hybrid $42,000 Discontinued
Tango T600

Tango T600

First, throw away all the expected conventions about the appropriate size of your daily car. This all-electric vehicle is half the size, from side to side, of most cars.
MPGe Electric $108,000 Now
Venturi Fetish

Venturi Fetish

The Venturi Fetish, described by its maker as “the first production electric sports car in automobile history,” will set you back $400,000.
MPGe Electric $400,000 Now
BMW X6 Hybrid

BMW X6 Hybrid

An SUV that has crossed over into sports car territory.
18 MPG Hybrid $90,000 Now
2007 Lexus GS 450h

2007 Lexus GS 450h

Race-car-like acceleration, luxurious appointments, and half-way decent fuel efficiency.
23 MPG Hybrid $54,900 Now
2008 Mercedes E320 Bluetec

2008 Mercedes E320 Bluetec

The E320 Bluetec luxury sedan uses a modern diesel system to deliver efficiency and eco-friendliness.
27 MPG Diesel $52,300 Now
2008 BMW 335d

2008 BMW 335d

The 3-series with a 3.0-liter biturbo inline-six diesel powerplant.
29 MPG Diesel $44,700 Now
2008 BMW Hydrogen 7

2008 BMW Hydrogen 7

The BMW Hydrogen 7— essentially a 7 Series sedan—burns sub-zero liquid hydrogen in its conventional V-12 engine.
MPG Hydrogen $0 Concept
Cadillac Converj

Cadillac Converj

An angular, sleek, luxury concept version of the Chevrolet Volt.
MPG Plug-in Hybrid $0 Concept
2009 Mercedes ML 450 Hybrid

2009 Mercedes ML 450 Hybrid

The Mercedes-Benz version of the Two-Mode system combines a 275-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine and two electric motors.
22 MPG Hybrid $55,000 Now
2009 Mercedes GL320 Bluetec

2009 Mercedes GL320 Bluetec

The biggest, bluntest, and heaviest clean diesel SUV from Mercedes-Benz.
20 MPG Diesel $59,200 Now
2009 Mercedes ML 320 Bluetec

2009 Mercedes ML 320 Bluetec

The most popular Mercedes SUV, available in fuel-efficient clean diesel version.
21 MPG Diesel $48,600 Now
Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

A bright vision of what a practical and desirable all-electric sedan could be.
89 MPGe Electric $57,900 Now
2010 Audi Q7 TDI

2010 Audi Q7 TDI

Luxury seven-passenger clean diesel SUV with ultra-low emissions.
21 MPG Diesel $50,900 Now
2010 Tesla Roadster

2010 Tesla Roadster

The Tesla Roadster is a screaming-fast, all-electric two-seater sports car built on the frame of the Lotus Elise.
MPGe Electric $109,000 Discontinued
Fisker Karma

Fisker Karma

The rear-wheel drive sporty plug-in hybrid from designer Henrik Fisker.
100 MPG Plug-in Hybrid $96,000 Now
2012 Audi Q5 Hybrid

2012 Audi Q5 Hybrid

In addition to saving fuel—the Q5’s combined EPA fuel economy could approach 26-27 mpg versus the gasoline model’s 22 mpg—the Q5 Hybrid teems with engineering, technology and performance.
22 MPG Hybrid $35,600 Now
2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid

2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid

Porsche performance in a luxury hybrid.
MPG Hybrid $95,000 Now
2012 Lexus CT 200h

2012 Lexus CT 200h

The 2012 Lexux CT 200h is the only vehicle in the luxury segment to top 40 mpg.
42 MPG Hybrid $29,100 Now
2012 Lexus HS 250h

2012 Lexus HS 250h

Think of it as a luxury Prius with a trunk.
35 MPG Hybrid $36,300 Now
2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

A luxury sedan with the technology underpinnings of the 41-mpg Fusion Hybrid.
39 MPG Hybrid $34,700 Now
2012 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid

2012 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid

The Cayenne S Hybrid is about as far away from the earnest nerdiness of the Prius as any Porsche can get.
21 MPG Hybrid $69,000 Now
2012 Lexus LS 600h L

2012 Lexus LS 600h L

Lexus's 5-liter, V8, 430-horsepower luxury sedan hybrid.
20 MPG Hybrid $112,000 Now
2012 Mercedes S400HV Hybrid Review

2012 Mercedes S400HV Hybrid Review

As the world’s first mass-production automobile to employ a lithium-ion battery, the S400 Hybrid is considered a milestone.
21 MPG Hybrid $91,000 Now
2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 7

2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 7

The fastest-accelerating hybrid sedan in the world
20 MPG Hybrid $97,000 Now
2013 Lexus RX 450h

2013 Lexus RX 450h

Updated version of the luxury SUV with green stripes.
30 MPG Hybrid $45,900 Now
2013 Buick Regal Review

2013 Buick Regal Review

For 2013 Buick offers eAssist as the standard Regal model.
29 MPG Hybrid $29,000 Now
2013 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

2013 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

Launched in August 2008, the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid sport-utility vehicle is unquestionably the world’s blingiest hybrid.
21 MPG Hybrid $73,000 Now
2012 Fisker Karma Review – Video

2012 Fisker Karma Review – Video

In a culture where you are often perceived by what you drive, showing up in a Fisker Karma is the next best thing to being some kind of star.
33 MPG Plug-in Hybrid $111,000 Now