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Disappointing Hybrids

<font size=2>Fuel efecient cars are a best buy in a tough economy.. <P>Consumer Reports shows you how well the Hybrid ranks...and the results may suprise you.</P></font>

Even in this bad economy cars from Hyundai have been selling well, and several are top-rated by Consumer Reports.

But in its latest tests, the Hyundai's Sonata Hybrid scores nowhere near as well as the regular Sonata. Greg Parker has more.

The gas-powered Hyundai Sonata has responsive handling and delivers a comfortable ride. It earned top scores in Consumer Reports' tests.

But the sonata Hybrid is a different story.

Braking distances are considerably longer ...

And it doesn't do as well in emergency handling.

"The Hybrid's low-rolling-resistance tires help improve fuel economy, but they don't provide as much grip."

The Hybrid does get better fuel economy - 33 miles per gallon overall versus 27 for the regular Sonata.

But the Hybrid doesn't transition smoothly between gas and electric power.

"The Sonata Hybrid is a disappointment. But it's also an exception. Overall, we've seen real improvement with new Hyundais. They generally perform well and provide good value for the money."

The Hyundai Elantra is Consumer Reports' top-rated small car, with its nimble handling and comfortable ride.

And the Genesis is the top-rated upscale Sedan. It provides most of the benefits of a luxury car for ten-thousand dollars less than its competitors.

If you're considering getting one of the top-rated Hyundais, there's another benefit to owning one of these cars - Hyundai has one of the longest warranties of any carmaker.

It covers the repair or replacement of many parts for either ten years or up to 100-thousand miles, whichever comes first.

For KFDX-3 News, I'm Greg Parker. Back to you.

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