Hybrid Vehicles No Longer Just Practical: Their Look Now Competes With Top Industry Leaders In the race to improve fuel efficiency, hybrid vehicles have often served as case studies in function over form. The look of the car was either an afterthought or was based on what would be most beneficial to gas mileage. Now, though, many hybrid vehicles are more than just practical; they can be practically stylish. They look more and more like non-hybrid vehicles. In fact, the most distinguishing feature of this new crop of hybrids is that they don’t really have distinguishing features; visually, they are so much like non-hybrid vehicles that you have to look closely to realize the difference. Some of the hybrids that don’t really look like hybrids include: The Lincoln MKZ, which receives more attention for its looks than for the fact that it’s a hybrid luxury vehicle. The stylish Buick LaCrosse, which will incorporate hybrid technology starting with the 2012 model year, boosting fuel economy by more than 25 percent. The Ford Fusion Hybrid, which looks the same as a regular Fusion, except for the 41 mpg printed on the window sticker. The Ford Escape Hybrid, which is the most fuel-efficient SUV you can buy. The Toyota Highlander Hybrid, which remains a highly practical SUV, with seating for up to seven and all-wheel-drive traction for our central New York snow. Yet it provides all that in a hybrid package. The Toyota Camry Hybrid, which is new for 2012 with updated styling and improved performance. The new version somehow manages to increase horsepower and torque while also improving gas mileage (up to 43 mpg) and reducing the sticker price. The GMC Yukon Hybrid, which still has all the capacity and power of the non-hybrid Yukon, but with significantly better fuel economy in stop-and-go city driving. The GMC Sierra Hybrid, which is one of only two hybrid pickups on the market. You can also keep an eye out for the Ford C-MAX hybrid vehicle, a new design coming out next year. Seeing is believing, so come take a look at these new-look hybrid vehicles yourself at Oneida’s NYE Automotive Group. Whatever your practical needs may be, we can help you find an attractive, fuel-efficient hybrid vehicle to match.