In an effort to reduce cars’ carbon footprint, some car manufacturers have been working on cars that run on more than one power source. This article will take a look at the top 10 hybrid cars available for purchase today.
The second-generation Honda Insight was released in 2009 and is a five-door liftback “hatchback” style vehicle that can seat up to four passengers. The fuel economy of this hybrid car is 41 kilometres per litre (71 miles per gallon). It has the ability to switch between gas and electric power, but can also be driven as a normal gasoline-powered car with no battery recharging needed even after it’s been used as a hybrid. Gasoline consumption is said to be just 3.7 litres per 100 kilometres (60 miles per gallon) in the city, and 4.1 litres per 100 kilometres on the highway.
GMC Sierra Hybrid:
The GMC Sierra and the Chevrolet Silverado are pickups available around the world but with different names depending on where they’re sold. They can seat up to six people within or even tow heavy loads of 3500 pounds, which is a lot for such cars. The truck version of this hybrid does not operate as a pure electric vehicle; it needs to start using its gas engine after only about 2 miles of driving on electricity alone, but it recharges itself when braking or decelerating and can be plugged into the standard household AC outlet.
Lexus GS 450H:
The 2013 Lexus GS 450h is a hybrid sedan that offers luxury and performance combined in one car; it can seat up to five people within, and even has a small trunk with enough space for luggage and/or groceries. These cars run on a powerful V6 3.5-litre engine which produces 338 horsepower and features an 8-speed transmission system as well as electric motors with 66 horsepower each which recharge the hybrid battery, sending power to all four wheels simultaneously when needed. The downside of this car is that its heavyweight makes it less fuel-efficient than other cars on this list: it consumes 5 litres per 100 kilometres (21 miles per gallon) in the city and 6 litres per 100 kilometres (24 miles per gallon) on the highway.
The second-generation of the popular compact hybrid cars, 2012 Toyota Prius c offers more space than its predecessor while maintaining fuel economy figures similar to those found in other cars on this list; despite its small size, it seats up to five people within, with a large trunk that can accommodate all sorts of luggage or groceries for an entire family. This car is very reliable as well, which makes it one of the best choices for people looking for cars under $20,000. The downside? It’s not really suited for long trips thanks to its smaller tank capacity.
Ford Fusion Hybrid:
Ford’s first hybrid car ever, the 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid is a mid-size sedan that seats up to five people within and has enough trunk space for luggage and groceries. This car features an Intelligent Powertrain Control module which oversees all motor controls as well as a SmartGauge that helps track your fuel economy efforts; it also features Active Grille Shutters that open or close based on outside temperature in order to improve aerodynamics. The 2013 Ford Fusion is not only reliable but it consumes just 4.5 litres per 100 kilometres (68 miles per gallon) in the city and 5.2 litres per 100 kilometres (42 miles per gallon) on the highway.
Nissan Altima Hybrid:
Nissan’s hybrid cars are known for their great fuel economy figures, which made them one of the best cars on this list. The 2012 Nissan Altima Hybrid is a four-door sedan that seats up to five people within; it offers enough trunk space for luggage and groceries and can be found in several different trims. It gets great mileage: 4.9 litres per 100 kilometres (49 miles per gallon) in the city and 5.2 litres per 100 kilometres (43 miles per gallon) on the highway.
Ford C-Max Hybrid:
The next car on our list of top 10 hybrid cars is Ford’s hybrid version of their popular hatchback car: the C-Max. This car seats up to five people within, with enough trunk space for luggage and groceries. The 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid features a 2.0-litre I4 engine that puts out 141 horsepower along with an electric motor that produces 143 horsepower; this car gets great mileage: 4.5 litres per 100 kilometres (68 miles per gallon) in the city and 5.2 litres per 100 kilometres (42 miles per gallon) on the highway.
Another car from Ford – the Escape – is also found on our list of top 10 hybrid cars thanks to its great fuel economy figures as well as good performance figures thanks to its standard all-wheel-drive which improves handling at higher speeds compared to other vehicles on this list. The 2013 Ford Escape Hybrid seats up to five people within, with enough trunk space for luggage and groceries; it gets great mileage: 4.9 litres per 100 kilometres (49 miles per gallon) in the city and 5.2 litres per 100 kilometres (42 miles per gallon) on the highway as well as a 131 horsepower electric motor which gives this cars plenty of peps.
Honda Accord Hybrid:
Honda cars are some of the most reliable cars ever made, so it’s no surprise that one of their cars made our list of top 10 hybrid cars. The 2013 Honda Accord Hybrid seat up to five people within, with enough trunk space for all sorts of suitcases or groceries; its Innovative Multi-Mode Drive combines an electric motor, gasoline engine and a continuously variable transmission, letting this car switch between three different modes: Eco, Normal and Sport. It gets great mileage: 4.9 litres per 100 kilometres (49 miles per gallon) in the city and 5.2 litres per 100 kilometres (42 miles per gallon) on the highway as well as an electric-only range of 33 kilometres.
With the growing environmental consciousness, cars have been going green in innovative ways. One of these ways is to go hybrid-electric. It’s a very simple concept: instead of using a gas engine to drive the car directly, use an electric motor and battery which you can charge by plugging it into a power outlet or you can let it run on gasoline.