Top 5 Hybrid Cars
Here is the list of the top 5 hybrid cars based on fuel
efficiency. The first four beat all other cars, hybrid
or non-hybrid. Only the last car on the list has other
non-hybrid cars, that beat it.
1) Honda Insight (5-speed manual transmission)
The 2006 Honda Insight still beats everything else on
the road when it comes to fuel economy. Still it's unique
looks and 2-seat capacity doesn't fit everyone's needs.
60 city/66 hwy
2) Honda Insight (CVT transmission)
Same as the 5-speed version, but this one doesn't require
manual shifting. Instead the silky-smooth Continuously
Variable transmission (CVT) handles the gears. 57 city/56
3) Toyota Prius
The 2006 Prius is the latest version of Toyota's unique
loooking hybrid car. 60 city/51 hwy
4) Honda Civic Hybrid
The Honda Civic Hybrid was completely redesigned for 2006.
2005 was the last year that a manual transmission was
available. 50 city/50 hwy
5) Honda Accord Hybrid
The Honda Accord Hybrid uses it's hybrid design more for
power than fuel economy, so there are a few smaller, non-hybrid
cars that beat it's mpg. But within its own category though,
the 255 horsepower Accord Hybrid beats the fuel economy
of all others except the Toyota Prius. 29 city/37 hwy
You should also know:
- There are purchase incentives for Hybrid vehicle owners (varies by state).
- There's a federal tax deduction for Hybrid buyers. (In 2004, hybrid vehicle buyers received a $1,500 federal tax break.)
- Drivers don't need to change their habits at all. You don't have to learn anything or do anything different to drive a Hybrid.
- You won't have a guilty conscience for polluting the environment - Hybrids emit up to 97% less toxic emissions and half as much greenhouse-causing carbon dioxide as the average car.
- Their novelty is fun - hybrids are the latest and greatest "gadgets" to have in the automotive world.
- Mileage is noticeably higher, anywhere from 8-10% or 2-3 mpg.
- Hybrids are just as safe as their non-hybrid counterparts. The fact that they run on electricity as well as gas has no bearing on their safety.
- The performance of Hybrids is improving more and more with each passing year, so their efficiency and improvements look bright for the future.
You could experience faster commute times due to the ability to drive Hybrids in HOV lanes in some states.
- The Hybrid's battery pack never needs to be charged from an external source - it gets recharged during regenerative braking and by the gasoline engine when necessary.
Most Hybrids have special warranty provisions that cover costly add-ons like the battery pack and electric motor.
- Due to a smaller engine, and lightweight materials used in manufacturing Hybrids, they tend to weigh less than their non-Hybrid counterparts
Hybrids can run on alternative fuels, decreasing our dependency on fossil fuels, and increasing the fuel options.
- They're politically correct in any circle.