It wasn't that long ago that the mere mention of a hybrid car brought certain images to mind. None were particularly flattering. The perception was these vehicles were only owned by sour-faced tree-huggers to shuttle themselves from yoga class to the organic food co-op. No wonder the last thing anyone associated with such a car was luxury.
A lot has changed over the last few years, and hybrid cars have found more acceptance among mainstream car owners. In fact, there are models that cannot be described by any term other than "luxury car." It's simply a sign of the times.
Using data from the automotive information website Edmunds.com , CNBC.com highlights 10 cars that are powered by gasoline-electric hybrid technology but don't skimp on comfort or opulence. Some are better buys than others, and the pros are listed alongside the cons.
What are some of the notable luxury hybrid cars on the market today? Click ahead and find out.
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By Daniel Bukszpan