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Buyer’s Guide: 2014 Plug-In Hybrids From Toyota, Ford, Honda & More

Not all plug-in electric cars rely on battery power alone; some also have gasoline engines as backups, for longer range or more power.

Last year, we identified six plug-in hybrid vehicles on sale during 2013.

This year, the list gains three new entries (from BMW, Cadillac, and Mitsubishi) and loses one (the Fisker Karma).

Note that we’re lumping into this category cars with two different types of drivetrains.

First are the plug-in versions of conventional hybrids, including the Ford’s C-Max Energi and Fusion Energi models, the Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid, and the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid.

Then there are the range-extended electric vehicles, in which only electricity powers the wheels and the engine runs a generator that produces electricity for that purpose.

Those cars include the upcoming BMW i3 ReX, the Chevy Volt, its platform twin the Cadillac ELR, and the now-departed Fisker Karma.

Then there’s the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid, which can work either way. (The Accord Plug-In Hybrid can act either way too, but it’s adapted from a conventional hybrid).

With that little bit of education out of the way, here’s our list of plug-in hybrids that will be on sale in the U.S. for the 2014 model year.



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