Hybrid Car Buying Guide

With concerns over dwindling oil reserves and the environment, the market for hybrid cars has blossomed in recent years. While hybrid cars were once almost exclusively manufactured as compact hatchbacks, today's hybrid car market is wide open and includes a diverse array of models. The current selection of hybrid vehicles available from manufacturers includes everything from sport coupes, to sport utility vehicles (SUVs), to full-size luxury sedans.

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About Hybrid Cars

Plug-in electric vehicles were briefly popular during the 1990s. However the electric car's reign was to be short lived, with many models discontinued by the early 2000s. In the 21st century, gas-electric hybrid vehicles such as the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight became enormously popular with drivers across North America.

Hybrid Car Variations

Hatchback models such as the Toyota Prius and the Honda Insight are still among the most commonly seen hybrid cars on the road today. However the hybrid market is one of the most rapidly growing areas of the automotive landscape. In addition to hatchbacks, drivers may now choose from hybrid SUVs, hybrid luxury cars and hybrid sport coupes among others.

There are also plug-in hybrid car models on the market. These differ from most hybrids in that they can be plugged into a wall socket at journey's end. This enables a plug-in hybrid to charge its fuel cells without making use of its internal combustion engine. Plug-in hybrids are good cars for anyone who is looking for a further means of reducing their carbon footprint and who has access to an outdoor outlet for a minimum of eight hours. Since they can charge their fuel cells without making use of their internal combustion engine, plug-in hybrid cars produce even lower emissions than many standard hybrids.

Popular Hybrid Car Brands

A number of high-end car manufacturers have also found success in the hybrid market. Among the more popular luxury hybrids are vehicles such as the Mercedes-Benz S400, Porsche Cayenne hybrid, Cadillac Escalade, and Lexus GS 450h.

We have also seen the hybrid SUV market growing in recent years. Popular models of hybrid SUVs include the Yukon Hybrid, Ford Escape, Chevrolet Tahoe. Among the hybrid pickup trucks available on the current market are models such as the GMC Sierra 1500 and the Chevrolet Silverado 1500.

Who Drives Hybrid Cars?

The Toyota Prius is still enormously popular with drivers across the board as is (to a lesser degree) the Honda Insight. However, for those who are more image conscious, or perhaps just wish to enjoy themselves while reducing their carbon footprint, luxury hybrids such as the Porsche Cayenne or the Mercedes-Benz S400 may be worth the expense.

On the other hand, hybrid trucks like the Sierra 1500 can be perfect for drivers who want a hybrid, but require a truck for work. Meanwhile, the growing number of hybrid SUVs on the market, such as the Ford Escape or the Yukon Hybrid Denali, may be perfect for families.

Hybrids also make excellent cars for anyone who commutes on a daily basis. They offer some of the best fuel economy on the road, they're reliable and many models offer all the same comforts you'd find in a luxury sedan.