Hybrid Cars Reviews

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Hybrid come in all shapes and sizes, everything from two-seat hatchbacks to full-size hybrid This ConsumerSearch report hybrid hatchbacks and sedans, a separate report covers SUVs and crossovers. Hybrid are covered in our report on pickup .

Green cars are getting with a bunch of plug-in hitting the streets this The 2012 Nissan Leaf MSRP: $35,200 to $37,250) is no the only all-electric game in now that the 2012 Ford Electric (Base MSRP: and 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV MSRP: $29,125 to $31,125) arrived in dealerships. The 2012 Prius Plug-in (Base $32,000 to $39,525) packs a plug-in battery and a regular gas engine, so you get the best of both — similar to the 2012 Volt (Base MSRP: which hit the market last (How does electricity power plants stack up gas engines, pollution-wise? See our Plug-in page for the answer.)

On the regular-hybrid two more new Priuses are the big news. The Toyota Prius v (Base $26,550 to $30,140) ) loads the Prius powertrain into a wagon body, and the 2012 Prius c (Base MSRP: to $23,230) offers a smaller cheaper) version of the traditional hatchback. Meanwhile, Toyota has so its Camry Hybrid (Base $25,990 to $27,500) that it rival family-sedan hybrids.

Of course, not every rookie a standing ovation. ConsumerReports.org a $108,000 2012 Fisker plug-in hybrid (Base $102,000 to $116,000) — and a saga of snafus started.

less than 200 miles on the the car had to be towed to the dealer because it go into gear, ConsumerReports.org

Battery problem, Fisker Batteries built in a certain factory are the culprit. Although says only 1 percent of Karmas have had the same the battery supplier is replacing all of the built in that same

But our car isn’t trouble-free, even the repairs, ConsumerReports.org says. The ABS, and brake warning came on at start-up earlier week and stayed on for a 15-minute they went away the day. There is also an warning tone and light an overheating situation; this lamp illuminates, then goes out, signaling something is amiss. After published its findings, plenty of owners came forward they’ve had bad Karma, too — the car start, wouldn’t go into etc. One said the Karma itself off while driving at 35 leaving the driver with no and impaired steering.

Read more about the Karma in our Plug-in Cars

We found plenty of thorough, hybrid and electric vehicle tests by respected sources. and ConsumerReports.org — the most sources for automotive reviews publish detailed reviews of the models. ConsumerReports.org also has that is hard to find including reliability history and satisfaction.

Both of these publish short lists of top recommended hybrids and EVs.

magazines and websites also helpful reviews of the latest cars and EVs, sometimes them against each head-to-head. Car and Driver, Motor Autoblog.com, TheTruthAboutCars.com and Edmunds Line are good examples. Line has a long-term car log which has several hybrids and EVs for extended showing just how reliable, and fuel-efficient they are in the real


Many sources annually awards to their favorites, Cars.com, About.com and ConsumerGuide.com. like Kelley Blue and Edmunds.com also have information, which can be particularly for hybrid-car shoppers trying to how much money they’ll in the long run. (See our How To Buy a Car page for a section titled How does it take to recoup the cost of a hybrid car?)

Crash-test scores from the Highway Traffic Safety (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Safety (IIHS) are crucial to as well. The Environmental Protection (EPA) is a useful source, as it rates the fuel economy of all new

As of this writing, there are no any federal tax incentives for buying vehicles, but plug-in hybrids and vehicles do qualify for thousands of worth of federal and state tax See our Plug-in Cars section for information.

Hybrid and electric the technology and alternatives

The popularity of and electric cars rises and with the price of gasoline, but people are turning to hybrids and vehicles (EVs) as a way to boost economy, cut emissions and demonstrate respect for the environment. More are developing new hybrid cars and EVs to current and future demand. varies and evolves, but the term refers to a vehicle that a gas engine with an electric

EVs run on electricity alone.

Hybrid burn less gas and emit pollution than gas-only They use battery packs to electrical power to ease the on the gas-burning engine. Three of hybrid cars are now available: hybrids, mild hybrids and hybrids.

Full hybrid can power a car solely on electrical while mild hybrids always use the gas engine to propel the Mild hybrids aren’t as fuel-efficient as full hybrids, but are cheaper to produce and can be cheaper to Plug-in hybrids allow you to the vehicle in to recharge the battery the car is parked, allowing for more of electricity-powered driving (and fuel economy).

All hybrid will automatically shut off the gas under certain conditions, as when the vehicle comes to a

Plug-in hybrids include the Toyota Prius Plug-in and Chevrolet Volt. Counting the electricity and gas they burn, get better fuel economy regular hybrids — for the Prius Plug-in gets the of 95 mpg, if you combine the electricity and gas it to drive 100 miles. Full include all Ford hybrids, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid MSRP: $25,850).

2012 Kia Optima Hybrid MSRP: $25,700) and all Toyota/Lexus — including the top-selling car on the market, the Toyota Prius, delivers an EPA-estimated 50 mpg overall. hybrids include all Honda and the 2012 Mercedes-Benz S400 MSRP: $91,850) .

Electric run solely on electricity. To refuel an EV, you to plug it into an electrical This is the most fuel-efficient of all — the 2012 Nissan gets the equivalent of 99 mpg, for — but public car-charging don’t yet exist in most so you probably won’t be able to too far from home in an electric car Leaf can go about 73 miles on a charge, the EPA says).

The 2012 Focus Electric and 2012 i-MiEV likewise run on electricity

Hybrid and electric cars are not the fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly available, and options for nonhybrid are better than ever. The crop of economy cars, the 2013 Hyundai Elantra MSRP: $16,695 to $20,945). Ford Fiesta (Base $13,200 to $14,100) and 2012 Accent (Base MSRP: to $15,895). can’t quite hybrids’ mpgs, but they do thousands less.

Diesel-powered cars deliver power plus excellent gas but they cost extra,

For instance, the 2012 Hyundai the Best Reviewed economy gets an EPA-estimated 33 mpg overall. The Volkswagen Golf TDI (Base $24,235 to $28,340). a top-rated hatchback, gets an estimated 34 mpg The Fiesta and Accent land in the ballpark.

That’s nowhere the 50-mpg Toyota Prius, but not too far off the 37-mpg Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima Hybrid.

Still, and plug-in cars usually pay their steeper stickers quickly, by saving you money on depreciation and more. See our Buying section to find out which and electric cars save the money over their gas

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