Everyone wants to cut down on their budget, and many people hate the mere notion of buying any form of car. However, the car companies recognize these current concerns, and, as a reply, are starting to pump out new very efficient hybrids. For anyone buying a car, a hybrid must arouse some sort of interest, and this is a list of the top five most highly anticipated affordable hybrids. (Except for the Volt.)
5. Chevrolet Volt. Is this an electric car or a hybrid? Well currently, it is being described as a “plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.” Great, now everything is clear as water. Whatever the case may be, the Volt is definitely a car to get excited about. It has a rechargeable battery which promises to nearly eliminate all gas prices, which means that it’s estimated miles per gallon? Well, currently, that is undetermined. However, obvious problems arise from this car. First off, this is not your family car that will accumulate thousands of miles on a cross-country tour. Its electric battery lasts about 40 miles (which varies like gas mileage). Afterwards, the Volt takes energy from gas (its second source) to generate electricity. As of right now, the Volt is still a work in progress, but it seems to be a step in the right direction for Chevrolet. Obviously, the Volt is not a car that is convenient for any type of family, but will be an interesting product to watch for the future.
Estimated MPG: ?
Starting at $33,500
5. Toyota Camry Hybrid. Toyota has recently been hit with their infamous gas pedal recall, and that puts some downside on any type of car from this Japanese car corporation. While the Toyota Prius does offer better gas mileage by an astounding 20 mpg, the Camry Hybrid will offer something that Prius owners probably beg for. Some foot room. However, other car models, including the new Ford Fusion Hybrid, seem to be a better buy for consumers.
Estimated MPG: 31 city/35 highway
Starting at $26,575
4. Honda Insight. With Honda’s latest venture into the world of hybrids, the Insight is one of the most enticing. With a ridiculously low starting price, it seems to be a steal compared to the pricier Prius. However, the Insight is smaller (I know) than the Prius, and offers less backseat room, as well as less trunk space. Mind you, the Prius is plenty small itself. In addition, the Insight’s gas mileage is also worse than Toyota’s signature hybrid. While the price may be a draw in, some doubts also erupt about Insight’s driving control.
Estimated MPG: 40 city/43 highway
Starting at $19,800
3. Toyota Prius. While Toyota’s recalls show up behind its shoulder, the Prius has some serious doubts about its safety. However, it is hard to deny the Prius’ legacy as a hybrid. With excellent gas mileage and with a larger interior (or so Toyota says), the Prius is still an economic powerhouse.
Estimated MPG: 51 city/48 highway
Starting at $22,800
2. Mercury Milan Hybrid. This may seem unusually high for a Mercury, but this is a really quality hybrid that they have made. The Milan ranks 1st out of 21 cars by Affordable Midsize cars in 2010. That’s right. Another great plus about this car is the ample space that it provides, as it classifies as one of the roomiest hybrids. The excellent gas mileage, without the decrease in size, is a definite plus for this car. However, there are little differences between the Milan to the cheaper Fusion.
Estimated MPG: 41 city/36 highway
Starting at $28,345
1. Ford Fusion Hybrid. If someone said that Ford would release a top-notch hybrid a year ago, they would be considered crazy and thrown into some nuthouse. However, Ford has really upped the ante with this car. Tied with the Milan with 1st by the Affordable Midsize cars and a driving feel very similar to non-hybrid cars, this hybrid seems to be set in a different class. While it is slightly more pricey and has fewer miles to the gallon than the Prius and Insight, the Fusion Hybrid’s size difference certainly makes up for the price difference.
Estimated MPG: 41 city/36 highway
Starting at $28,100
While this list isn’t the flashiest hybrids, like the new Audi, this shows a good list of nice family hybrids that will be affordable to middle-to high income families. While the prospect of buying a car in this troubling economy may be a daunting one, car companies have specially made this time a good time to cash in.
“2011 Mercury Milan,” Mercury
“2011 Ford Fusion,” Ford
“2010 Toyota Prius,” Toyota
“2010 Honda Insight,” Honda
“2011 Toyota Camry,” Toyota
“2011 Volt,” Chevrolet
“Best Hybrid Cars,” US News