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Hybrid Cars

A long awaited automotive development, hybrid cars are gaining in popularity, especially as the price of gasoline remains high. These cars are powered both by gasoline and by nickel metal hydride batteries, resulting in a much higher miles per gallon rate, with some cars getting about 60 miles per gallon in the city.

Right now, the most common hybrid cars are compacts and sedans, with Honda and Toyota making the most popular models. The Honda Insight is said to get 61 miles to the gallon for city driving, and up to 68 miles per gallon on the highway. Both Ford and Lexus have hybrid SUV’s available, with Ford’s Escape getting 36 miles to the gallon in the city and 31 on the highway. Most of the other major automotive manufacturers plan to make more hybrid vehicle models available within the next few years, with Dodge and GM both planning hybrid pickup trucks and Toyota planning a minivan.

Compact cars and sedans, while regional prices do vary, can generally be purchased at prices that begin around $24,000. Ford’s SUV starts around $27,000 with the 4-wheel drive version starting at about $29,000.

Hybrid cars usually come with excellent warranties. Toyota, for example, offers a warranty on the battery pack and the emissions system that is good for 100,000 miles, which is in addition to the usual 36,000-mile warranty that offers the traditional protections.

For the most part, they do not cost more to maintain than regular cars. The battery packs are designed to last at least 150,000 miles, but are expected to last for longer – in most cases, for the life of the car. One thing to bear in mind, however, is that many hybrid cars do have special towing requirement, due to the relationship between the front wheels, the breaking system and the recharging of the vehicle’s batteries.

Hybrid cars seem to be the wave of the future. Their modern technology allows us to begin to move away from dependence on foreign oil. With that and the ability to make each gasoline dollar spent go much farther, a hybrid car seems to be a wise automotive purchase.

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