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How to Choose a Hybrid Car and Why

November 22nd 2005

How to Choose a Hybrid Car and Why

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Even though gas prices have fallen, hybrid cars still look like an attractive investment.  Many purchasers have long commutes and figure that if they can save just a few bucks everyday the total savings over a year could add-up. 

If a driver can save just 5 dollars a day on gas he can save $1300 a year (calculated on a 5 day work week).  According to the website How Stuff Works hybrids can get you 20 or 30 more miles per gallon.  Hybrids also emit less pollution.

For the short term the hybrid technology has won out.  Hydrogen cars are unpractical because it requires so much energy to produce the hydrogen.  Natural gas cars may be more practical in the future, especially if you can fill your car from home.  But what if you run out of gas away from your home? 


What makes hybrids different?  The hybrid combines the advantages of an electric motor and gas powered engine.  The hybrid cars typically require smaller engines.  The hybrid car runs off regular gas and stores energy in the batteries while braking.  Hybrids will also shut the gas motor off when sitting at a red light.  All of these features help you save money.

There are a few hybrids on the market in the US.  Two popular ones are the Toyota Prius and the Honda Insight.  The Honda Insight starts at around $19,570+, and the Toyota Prius starts around $20,510 - $23,000.  These prices may have increased over the last year and may very from dealer to dealer.

The Honda Insight is designed to get the best gas mileage possible. It is a tiny two seater that takes advantage of lightweight materials.  The Toyota Prius is designed to emit very low emissions.  It is a four door sedan that will seat five.   


Many dealers have long waiting lists.  Buyers could wait a month or two for delivery.  Ford and other auto makers are planning new hybrid offering for 2006 including an SUV.  Look for the Ford Escape SUV hybrid if you have a large family. 

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