"Love 'em or hate 'em, hybrids have gone mainstream.
Nine of the top 10 vehicles in the government's fuel economy rankings for the 2010 model year are hybrids. And they come from six automakers and carry nine nameplates.
'There's now a hybrid for everyone,' the government said in releasing the latest findings. 'It's not either a [Toyota] Prius or a [Honda] Insight anymore.'
The Prius hybrid was once again the leader, with its fuel economy of 51 miles per gallon in city driving and 48 mpg on the highway, according to the Environmental Protection Agency's testing methodology. Other vehicles in the top 10 include the Ford Fusion hybrid and its Mercury Milan twin, the Civic and Insight hybrids from Honda, and the Nissan Altima."
Martin Zimmerman reports for the Los Angeles Times October 16, 2009.