Future Is Now With Hybrid Cars

Many hybrid myths dispelled.

Published: 14-Jul-2007

the ever-increasing cost of fuel, many American drivers are starting to see green.

Although much of the technology is still new, hybrid cars have proven themselves on the roads and have begun to give SUVs and Hummers a run for their money.

‘‘There’s no question that a lot of heavy cars are now being traded in for more fuel-efficient ones,’’ said Meb Dennis, Honda manager at the Hartly Buick Honda Pontiac GMC dealership in Jamestown. ‘‘Our No. 1 selling car is still the Honda CRV, but that gets 22 to 28 miles per gallon of gas, so it’s a bit of a compromise.

‘‘It gives four-wheel drive, but it is still reasonably economically,’’ Dennis said.


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Packing 260 hp (191 kW) from the 2.0-liter turbo BioPower engine and a total of 148 kW from its three electric motors, the Saab BioPower Hybrid Concept provides significantly greater torque than its gasoline-only equivalent.

Automotive columnist James R. Healey test drives the 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid and finds that with the tax credit -- which just got cut in half -- the price difference vanishes.


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