Times’ take: A hybrid that makes the case for diesels

highs: Sharp handling, slick transmission

lows: Feels slower than advertised, can get expensive

Vital statistics:

Vehicle type: 4-door sedan

Base price: $25,790

Price as tested: Hybrid SEL Premium: $31,975

Powertrain: 1.4-liter turbocharged four cylinder engine; 20 kW electric motor

Transmission: seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission

Horsepower: 170

Torque: 184 pound-feet

0-60 mph: 7.9 seconds, according to Motor Trend

EPA fuel economy: 42/48 mpg city/highway

 

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