What can you buy?

Dis­cover three new hy­brids.

Austin American-Statesman - - CARS -

2017 Lexus CT 200h

Start­ing at $31,250, the Lexus CT 200h is a lux­u­ri­ous pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cle equipped with a 1.8-liter in-line 4 en­gine that gets an EPAes­ti­mated 42 mpg com­bined and puts out 134 horse­power. It can go from zero to 60 mph in 9.8 sec­onds.

The driver-cen­tric and sporty cock­pit fea­tures sport seats meant to in­crease com­fort and give a dy­namic driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence; there are dual five-way fin­ger­tip con­trols on the steer­ing wheel for the au­dio and dis­play.

Driv­ers who ap­pre­ci­ate ver­sa­til­ity will ap­pre­ci­ate the five door ac­cess and abil­ity to fold down both rear seats to in­crease the cargo room for al­most any­thing you could think of. There are four driv­ing modes in this ve­hi­cle: sport, nor­mal, ECO and EV.

Kel­ley Blue Book’s re­view­ers gave the Lexus CT 200h a rat­ing of 9.0 out of 10 with high marks in value (8.2), in­te­rior and ex­te­rior de­sign (8.9) and com­fort and con­ve­nience (8.8).

2017 Toy­ota Avalon hy­brid

Start­ing at $37,300, the 2017 Toy­ota Avalon hy­brid gets an EPA-es­ti­mated 40 mpg on the high­way and 39 mpg in the city.

The Avalon is avail­able in four mod­els: the Hy­brid XLE Plus, the Hy­brid XLE Pre­mium, the Hy­brid Lim­ited and the Tour­ing model. It is equipped with Hy­brid Syn­ergy Drive, which of­fers driv­ers a choice of mul­ti­ple driv­ing modes: Sport, ECO and EV.

Stan­dard fea­tures in­clude In­tel­li­gent Touch con­trols for cli­mate con­trol, En­tune Au­dio Plus with Con­nected Nav­i­ga­tion App, cruise con­trol and a leather-trimmed tilt/tele­scop­ing steer­ing wheel. For rear pas­sen­gers, there’s a cen­ter arm­rest with cuphold­ers and a trunk pass-through. There’s also the smart key sys­tem on the driver’s door and trunk, as well as push-but­ton start.

The pros at Kel­ley Blue Book gave the 2017 Toy­ota Avalon a rat­ing of 8.2 out of 10 with high marks for com­fort and con­ve­nience (8.5) and value (8.1).

2017 Kia Op­tima hy­brid

Start­ing at $25,995, the 2017 Kia Op­tima hy­brid gets an EPA-es­ti­mated 39 mpg in the city and 46 mpg on the high­way. It is equipped with a six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion and 2-liter gaso­line di­rect-in­jec­tion en­gine. It puts out a com­bined 271 foot pounds. of torque.

Choose from two mod­els: the Hy­brid Pre­mium, or the Hy­brid EX. Stan­dard equip­ment in­cludes a rear cam­era dis­play, an AM/FM/MP3/Sir­iusXM six-speaker au­dio sys­tem with 7-inch color touch­screen dis­play with An­droid Auto and Ap­ple CarPlay, cruise con­trol and steer­ing wheel mounted con­trols.

Push but­ton start with smart key is also a stan­dard fea­ture, as is an eight-way ad­justable driver’s seat and leatherette wrapped cen­ter fas­cia.

Kel­ley Blue Book’s re­view­ers gave the Kia Op­tima hy­brid a rat­ing of 9.0 out of 10 with high marks in driv­ing dy­nam­ics (8.9), in­te­rior and ex­te­rior de­sign (8.9) and value (8.8).

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