7 Splendid High-End Hybrids

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The image most commonly associated with the hybrid vehicle is one of a sleepy, numb little car that gets good mileage but offers little else, making it easy to forget that hybrid technology can be found industry-wide, in many more formats than the utilitarian hatchbacks and liftbacks that are so often correlated with the hybrid reputation.

It should also be pointed out that hybrids are now accounting for some of the fastest production cars on the planet. It is McLaren’s insane P1 that can make it from a standstill to 60 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds (and on to a top speed of 217), and the Porsche 918 Spyder that managed a six minute, 57 second lap time at the Nurburgring Nordschleife. Ferrari is in on the hybrid game in a big way, too, with the beastly 950 horsepower LaFerrari.

Between the two extremes — from the humble Toyota (NYSE:TM) Prius to the mighty P1 — hybrid tech has found itself nestled comfortably in many luxury applications, where the systems serve the spectrum from performance-enhancing to fuel-saving. Here’s a handful of seven luxury hybrids, which above all can at least guarantee the utmost comfort for the buyer. The following are not ranked by any particular measure.