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History of Hybrid Vehicles

The First Hybrid Cars, Trucks & SUVs


The first hybrid electric model in the U.S. market was the Honda Insight (61 mpg city, 70 mpg highway) in 1999.

The Toyota Prius (52 mpg city, 45 mpg highway) debuted the following year, and the Honda Civic Hybrid (46 mpg city, 51 mpg highway) went on sale in 2002.

The first full-size pickup hybrids, the Chevy Silverado and Dodge Ram hit the streets in 2004, as did the first SUV hybrid, the Ford Escape.

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