When it comes to reducing our carbon footprint one of the most influential things we can do is to change to hybrid cars to reduce carbon emissions. For those of us that have the money to update our cars to these fuel efficient eco-friendly cars there are several choices. Two cars that have been getting a lot of hype for their economical and eco-friendly benefits are the Toyota Prius and the Ford Fusion Hybrid. Both the Prius and the Fusion Hybrid have their pluses and minuses and here I will outline them for you.
The Toyota Prius is a stylish, inexpensive, and eco-friendly car. The Prius comes with a variety of features, not all of which are centered around eco-friendliness but rather driver comfort. You can purchase a brand new Toyota Prius for around $22,000 with prices increasing about $2,000 with each model upgrade. The Prius gets around 50 miles to the gallon which is incredibly impressive given the skyrocketing gas prices. The Prius also comes with loads of features like a rear window wiper, UV reduction windshield, and electric rear window defogger with timer. There are also several unique features on the interior of the car like am/fm/mp3 cd player, power window and door locks, and a remote keyless entry system.
The Ford Fusion Hybrid also has its benefits. The Ford Fusion Hybrid is considerably pricier for the basic model at around $28,000. It also gets considerably less miles to the gallon than the Prius with only 41 miles per gallon. Some features that come with the Ford Fusion Hybrid are a regenerative braking system, automatic interior temperature controls, integrated floor storage, and rear bumper sensors. There are also optional accessory packages if you want to add options like heated seats. Overall it is a great car if you are looking to find an eco-friendly car that doesn’t have nearly as many frills for your buck.
The Prius overall is the better deal if you are looking for a car that will not break the bank and will still make a difference in the environment. The Prius has better features, a wider variety of models, gets better gas mileage, and is less expensive. When choosing a car however it is the personal choice of the driver. Either of these cars would do well to decrease the size of your carbon foot print, the decision however rests solely on the preferences of the person purchasing the car.
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