Nine Things to Consider Before Buying a Hybrid

If you're considering a hybrid, here's a primer to help understand the issues and what you might be getting for your money.

Published: 26-Jan-2007

When the first-generation Toyota Prius and the oddly styled, two-seat Honda Insight brought gasoline-electric hybrid engine technology to the United States, more than four years ago, skeptics wondered if this would be a quirky fad that would be popular among a few tree-huggers and then fade away.

After all, that's what happened with all-electric vehicles such as the General Motors EV1 that appeared in the late 1990s and failed to sell.

But the skeptics were wrong. Hybrids have taken hold and are expected to be a part of the automotive landscape for at least the next decade and likely beyond.


Average diesel consumption for these two cars is 3.4 litres per 100 kilometres, with 90 grams of CO2 emitted per kilometre, a 25 percent improvement over comparable gasoline-electric hybrid systems.

The two-mode hybrid technology allows for fuel optimization, especially during highway driving at higher speeds.

Like a Trojan horse, Camry sneaks gas-saving radicalism into a trusted American staple.


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