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Things to know before buying a Hybrid

Posted on July 02, 2010 in Green News, Hybrid Vehicle | Write a review


Hybrid cars are the latest technological developments happening in the automotive world, they may be costly but gives you greater benefits in the longer run if you are environment conscious. Hybrids run on gas or other alternative fuels that causes less pollution in the air. Here are some of the important things you need to know before buying a Hybrid car:

  • The size of the Hybrid car – There are various types of Hybrid available today that range from compact sizes to a nine passenger SUVs. The maximum number of Hybrids stands in the midsize sedan segment.
  • The Price of the car – The hybrid cars are costlier than any other fuel cars. The most expensive of all the Hybrids stands at more than $100,000. According to the new federal laws, the government has asked every manufacturer to come out with more Hybrids so that the prices of the Hybrid cars come down thereby increasing the amount of sales.

  • The Fuel Economy – The Hybrid cars fall into two categories: the fuel-efficient hybrids and the performance oriented hybrid cars. The performance hybrids gives good fuel economy and is more performance oriented as the name suggests. The performance in terms of speed, good functionality, off-road capabilities and loads of other features.
  • Safety of the cars – the Hybrid vehicles are very safe as any other gasoline cars but there were concerns of electric shocks if the batteries got damaged. Since last eight years no accidents of such types have been reported. The manufacturers have taken up steps to prevent and also educate people in case of emergencies.
  • Luxury features – most of the hybrids today have more technological features than their corresponding gasoline counterparts. The manufacturers are trying to bring the best premium quality hybrid that saves the gas. The higher trim models come equipped with all the latest technological equipments.
  • Cargo Space – the hybrid models do not provide much of cargo space, as the rear seats are not foldable, the batteries utilize most of the trunk space. Much of the hybrid models lack in under floor storage because of the battery pack located right under the seats. The payload capacity of the hybrids too is less.
  • The Operating costs – the operational costs for hybrids are pretty much similar as the normal cars. The regenerative brakes in the hybrid cars makes it last longer. Even the manufacturers of hybrid cars offer bigger warranty periods that leads to more satisfaction amongst the customers.



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