HYBRID CARS: Hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs) combine the benefits of gasoline engines and electric motors and can be configured to obtain different objectives, such as improved fuel economy, increased power, or additional auxiliary power for electronic devices and power tools.
Some of the advanced technologies typically used by hybrids include
  • Regenerative Braking. The electric motor applies resistance to the drivetrain causing the wheels to slow down. In return, the energy from the wheels turns the motor, which functions as a generator, converting energy normally wasted during coasting and braking into electricity, which is stored in a battery until needed by the electric motor.
  • Electric Motor Drive/Assist. The electric motor provides additional power to assist the engine in accelerating, passing, or hill climbing. This allows a smaller, more efficient engine to be used. In some vehicles, the motor alone provides power for low-speed driving conditions where internal combustion engines are least efficient.
  • Automatic Start/Shutoff. Automatically shuts off the engine when the vehicle comes to a stop and restarts it when the accelerator is pressed. This prevents wasted energy from idling.  This is why hybrid cars have similar city and highway MPG.

    A hybrid vehicle can greatly increase your gas mileage and savings at the pump. Although there is still currently a premium cost for most hybrid cars today, as more and more vehicles go into production hopefully they will soon be as inexpensive as most compact cars. Their is a lot to consider when purchasing a hybrid so reading as many car guides as possible is greatly recommended before your purchase.

Hybrid Available in the United States.





Size Class







2007 Honda Insight

60 66 63 Two Seater 3

Manual (5 spd)

2007 Toyota Prius

60 51 55 Midsize 4

Automatic (CVT)

2007 Honda Insight

57 56 56 Two Seater 3

Automatic (CVT)

2006 Honda Civic Hybrid

49 51 50 Compact 4 Automatic (CVT)

2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid

40 38 39 Midsize 4 Automatic (CVT)

2006 Honda Accord Hybrid

25 34 28 Midsize 6 Automatic (L5)
2007 Lexus GS 450h 25 28 26 Compact 6 Automatic (S6)

2007 Ford Escape Hybrid (FWD)

36 31 34 SUV 4 Automatic (CVT)

2007 Ford Escape Hybrid (4WD)

32 29 31 SUV 4 Automatic (CVT)

2006 Mazda Tribute Hybrid (4WD)

33 29 31 SUV 4 Automatic (CVT)

2006 Mercury Mariner Hybrid (4WD)

33 29 31 SUV 4 Automatic (CVT)

Toyota Prius

Honda Insight

Lexus GS 450h

Ford Escape

Mazda Tribute

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