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All-wheel-drive hybrid cars, SUVs: why are there so few?

John Voelcker 396 views Apr 25, 2016 Follow John Add to circle 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Feb 2016 Enlarge Photo Fifty years ago, a now-forgotten British luxury coupe called the Jensen FF went into production, offering the first modern all-wheel drive system on any passenger car in the world. Four-wheel drive had been offered only on a few specialized truck models to that point, but the traction and braking advantages of the FF awed test drivers and reviewers alike. Times change; now all-wheel drive is one of the main requirements to define a utility vehicle—whether SUV or car-based crossover—and is available on most luxury vehicles. READ THIS: Toyota Prius Family May Shrink As Low Gas Prices Dim Allure Unless, that is, you want a hybrid. The universe of affordable hybrid vehicles with all-wheel drive is tiny, and has been for more than a decade. The ...

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