Not All Hybrids Are Created Equal

hybrid technology

Green Car Reports - July 17, 2012

Sev­eral years ago, automak­ers were all try­ing to offer hybrids to con­sumers who were endur­ing yet another spike in gaso­line prices. Fleets were begin­ning to ask for hybrids and became aware of their car­bon foot­prints. Early vehi­cles equipped with these fuel-saving tech­nolo­gies are now enter­ing the used car mar­ket in increas­ing num­bers. Some are bet­ter than others.

As gas prices remain high, and are actu­ally edg­ing up again, con­sumers in the mar­ket for a used vehi­cle have a num­ber of hybrid choices. Green Car Reports recently pub­lished a list of five hybrid used vehi­cles to avoid.

Many of these vehi­cles only improve fuel econ­omy mar­gin­ally. Some were early attempts to meet mar­ket demand and have sub­se­quently been sig­nif­i­cantly altered to improve fuel econ­omy or were discontinued.

One thing this list demon­strates is how far the indus­try has come in a few years. The cur­rent crop of fuel effi­cient cars attains bet­ter MPG than the two-mode hybrids of model-years past. Automak­ers have moved from mild hybrids to vehi­cles that save gas through light-electrification systems.