Top 5 Hybrid Cars for 2008
Any car or vehicle that is powered by two engines – gasoline and electric, for propulsion is called a “hybrid car”. The rising costs of fuel and environmental concerns – release of harmful toxins into the atmosphere has fundamentally compelled companies like Mitsubishi, Ford, Nissan and the like to come out with “hybrid cars.” With millions of cars rolling out of production plants every year, the only word of caution for vigilant environmental groups and often irresponsible consumers is – reduce fuel consumption!
Top 5 Hybrid Cars for 2008
Listed below are the names of top five hybrid cars based on mileage, price premium (in %) and manufacturers’ suggested retail price (MSRP) in the market this year:
1. Toyota Prius
The MSRP for this model is $21,100. The estimated mileage is 48 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 45 mpg on the highway. The Toyota Prius is cost effective and has ruled the market for the past seven years. The car burns less gas and the interiors are comfortably spaced with a roomy cargo area. This car does not have a gas-only or fuel version to it. The Toyota Prius is an effective long-term investment to make.
2. Saturn Vue Green Line
The Saturn Vue Green Line is known for its dramatic mileage boost. The model has an estimated mileage of 25 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. Though the cost compared to the gas-only version is increased by about 14%, there seems to be a record increase in mileage by 32% in the city and 23% on the highway. This model is priced less than the V-6 version and doubles it’s mileage as well. The only suggested drawback of this vehicle is that it is the only hybrid SUV that does not have an all-wheel drive (more than 2 axles). The MSRP for this model is $24,170.
3. Honda Civic Hybrid
The MSRP for Honda Civic Hybrid is $22,600. Its mileage is 40 mpg in the city and 45 mpg on the highway which is 54% higher in the city and 32% higher on the highway than the fuel-version of Civic itself. The Civic Hybrid is priced 51% more than the base Civic but is worth the bargain for its increased mileage.
4. Toyota Camry Hybrid
The Toyota Camry Hybrid is the fourth best hybrid car in the market whose MSRP is $25,200. This model is for those who have a more refined taste. Its mileage is 33 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. This means that it gives a 57% more gas-mileage in the city and 10% on the highway. Its cost though is 36% higher than the fuel four-cylinder version. .
5. Lexus RX 400h
The MSRP for this model is $41,280 which is 10% more than the cost of the fuel-version RX 350. What makes the model unique is – 50% increase in mileage, 4% highway bump and an all-wheel drive. Experts compare it with the Toyota Highlander Hybrid which comes at an overall lower price but also has a 1 mpg higher highway mileage. There is no refuting that the Lexus RX 400h is a better deal than the gas-version RX 350 because it comes with an all-wheel drive and an increased mileage of 50% in the city and 9% on the highway, standing at an estimated mileage rate of 27mpg in the city and 24mpg in the highway.
Hybrid cars are all around us and the number seen is growing every day. . Consider the moped, which is somewhat regarded as passé now; it is one kind of hybrid vehicle with a gasoline engine and a pedal power bike. Locomotives which pull trains are diesel-electric hybrids. The buses in Seattle are diesel-electric which run with electric wires overhead and on other occasions can also ply with diesel.
Most people are quite apprehensive about hybrids not performing well. For a reliable purchase, either go for a smaller hybrid that has greater acceleration power and mileage or a bigger one that beats the V6. It is primarily an environmentally-friendly decision you’d be taking so don’t go so much for the money (Toyota Prius being the only hybrid where you could save money in 5 years) but for the efficacy of the hybrids!