Lexus RX 400h
A Lexus RX 400h hybrid cutout display

A Lexus RX 400h hybrid cutout display is shown during media previews at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mich.

­AP Photo/Paul Sancya


The sixth best selling hybrid in the U.S. f­or 2008 is another luxury model, and another Lexus. More than 15,000 Lexus RX 400h hybrid SUVs were sold in 2008 -- almost twice the number of the Nissan Altima Hybrid, the next most-bought hybrid in America.

The Lexus RX 400h appeals to buyers looking for Lexus luxury and reliability, SUV practicality, and reduced oil use and carbon emissions. It's also popular because, fuel economy aside, its performance is decidedly unhybrid-like. It accelerates strongly, handles well and wraps passengers in a tech-heavy cocoon of luxury. The only downside to the RX400h is its high sticker price: It starts at about $42,000.