By Rick Popely on September 8, 2013
"Which compact hybrid is upscale and not a plug-in?"
The Acura ILX Hybrid and Lexus CT 200h are upscale compacts that don't need to be plugged in to recharge their hybrid batteries.
The ILX sedan is a better-dressed version of the Honda Civic Hybrid with more amenities than its sibling, though if you want a power driver's seat, leather upholstery or heated front seats, you have to cough up an additional $5,500 for the Technology Package. The starting price is $29,795, including an $895 destination charge, and it gets an EPA-estimated 39/38 mpg city/highway.
The CT 200h is a four-door hatchback that starts at $32,960, including a $910 destination charge, and gets an EPA-estimated 43/40 mpg. The standard upholstery is a synthetic material that feels like leather, and the real stuff is a $1,930 option. A power driver's seat is standard, and heated front seats are part of a $600 option package.
You can find other hybrids in different size classes in the Cars.com Hybrid Buying Guide, here.
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Contributor Rick Popely has covered the auto industry for decades and hosts a weekly online radio show on TalkZone.com . Email Rick