Not All Hybrids Are Created Equal

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.



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