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This guide will help you to determine which hybrid model is right for you. To begin, select the class of vehicle that best suits your needs.

 

So, you've decided that you want your next car to be a hybrid -- a commendable decision -- but you aren't really sure where to start or what to look for. This guide was set up to help you determine which model hybrid car of 2005 is best for you by provide you with the information you need to make the right choice.

 

Which statement best describes you?

 

I'm looking for a Two Seater.

I'm looking for a Compact Car.

I'm looking for a Midsize Car.

I'm looking for an SUV.

Two Seaters

The only two seater hybrid available for purchase is the Honda Insight. It has recently been positioned as one of the most affordable hybrid cars available for sale, prices under $20,000. The Insight is an extremely eco-friendly car, but its main function is to provide high fuel economy. It has met this goal with success, as the Insight has been awarded the highest EPA rated fuel economy of any passenger automobile available on the market, since its introduction.

 

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New and Used Honda Insights

More Honda Hybrid Cars

Compact Cars

Both the Honda Civic Hybrid and first generation Toyota Prius fall under the compact car category. The Honda Civic Hybrid is noted for bringing hybrid-electric technology to a mainstream, top-selling vehicle, and was the first hybrid vehicle to achieve Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emission Vehicle status under California's Zero Emission Vehicle program. The Civic is a mild hybrid while the Prius is a full hybrid, the difference being that Civic Hybrid is not capable of driving solely on its electric motor.

 

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Toyota Hybrid History

New and Used Honda Civic Hybrids

Midsize Cars

The new Honda Accord IMA and the second generation Toyota Prius are the only hybrids available in this class. The Accord uses hybrid technology to add both power and fuel efficiency, while the Prius focuses solely on fuel economy and reduction in greenhouse gases.

 

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New and Used Honda Accord Hybrids

New and Used Toyota Prius'

Sports Utility Vehicles

The only hybrid SUV currently on the market is the Ford Escape HEV. Soon to come are the Lexus RX 400h and the Toyota Highlander Hybrid.

 

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New and Used Ford Escape HEV's

The Future Hybrid SUV's

New and used Hybrid Cars for sale.


Hybrid Car quick notes and facts.

Though current hybrid car tax incentives/rebates are being phased out, consumers can look forward to rebates of up to $5000 in 2005.

Current hybrid cars can get up to 60 miles to the gallon on the highway. In addition to fuel economy, they boast lower emissions and depreciation than gasoline powered cars.

 

In the near future, hybrid cars are expected to get fuel mileage as high as 190 miles per gallon!

 

Environmentalists embrace hybrid cars as a solution to today's pollution problems.

 

Heavy HEV development began in the early 1990's with major manufacturers donating billions of dollars to the research of new hybrid technologies.


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