Hybrid cars are the ideal cars in this generation. They are equipped with an electric motor and an internal combustion engine that provides additional power to the engine. To recover the gas mileage, hybrid cars balance gasoline engine with electric motors. Because of this capability, these cars offer a proficient, affordable, and pioneering option which makes them a convenient choice for the majority of customers. Arguably, the Toyota Prius is the best highbred car. Due to its low fuel consumption, it is designed to reduce the drag that makes it slicker. It goes for $19,890, a very affordable price. Secondly it is budget friendly, and it has an impressive MPG which makes it the ideal green-car-evolution. It has a simple interior that is built to last and it is available in four trims. It has a 9.5 gallon tank and a 1.5L Four-cylinder hybrid engine (VanderMey, 2012, p. 55).
Second from the Prius is the hybrid Honda Civic. This car has the same fuel consumption as the Prius, although it has a smaller market size. It is competing with the conventional Civic, however, unlike the Prius, it is less appealing. At a market price of $25,600, it is the most owner-friendly and practical car. In addition, it is one of the most affordable cars of its class to insure. It is environmentally friendly since it does not emit dangerous gas. It has a 110-horsepower engine which makes it very compact (Van, 2011, p. 612). Though it has an odd shape, it has advanced technology in transmission and operation. For instance, has a built-in speakerphone which enables the driver to make direct calls from the phone though the speakers in order to hear the caller. Prius’s audio system and phone are connected via Bluetooth. This technology makes it easy to transfer contacts to the memory of the car.
The third best hybrid car is the Nissan Altima. It has an upscale cabin design and its rear seats offer test drivers, and legroom. This hybrid car has a good shape and design. It is good to own because it is an affordable and highly refined all-electric car. As a full hybrid car, it can be operated on electric power alone at 40 mph speed. It has automatic transmission with 4 Cyl-2.5 L engine. It has a Partial Zero Emissions advanced technology with a moderate facelift. At present it costs $28,244. From the Nissan Altima is the Camry hybrid. Automotive engineers say that Camry consumes little fuel compared to conventional gas-only cars. It is an affordable midsized car whose price is $21, 800. Lastly, the fifth best hybrid car is the Ford Escape Hybrid (SUV). It has an available EcoBoost engine with 1.6L and 178 horsepower. For emergency power, this car uses its electric motor. It is a 2009 model which goes at $22,610. This technology spares the engine from consuming and burning more gasoline. It has a 4.2 -inch rear camera which is activated once the reverse is shifted. In addition, it has an automatic transmission with 6-speed select shift (Connelly, 2013, p. 221). However, the despite the fact that it is a hybrid car, it lacks dedicated rear seat lighting control which is essential, In addition to that, it has a noisy 4-cylinder engine.
Based on my analysis of the five hybrid cars, I would choose the Ford Escape Hybrid (SUV) for me and my family. Out of the five cars, Ford Escape stands out in several ways. To start with, it is an SUV; its appearance complements everything. Secondly, it has a high fuel economy which rates in its class. It has a sunroof and a versatile interior. In addition, it has an upscale interior that includes a tilt and a telescopic steering wheel. Its back up camera is fantastic for parking and its 4wd capability is good especially when handling in snow. Lastly, it is specious with comfy leather seats; it would suit me and my family because of its comfort, power, automatic transmission and good speed (National, 2011, p. 321).
An Eco-friendly vehicle runs on a combination of hydrogen based fuel and electricity or on electricity. Researchers have pointed out that environmental and economic impacts of hybrid cars depend the costs, national, and political security. While reducing the amount of the driver’s carbon footprint on earth, both of these methods represent low-cost methods of transportation. In addition to that, these hybrid cars have numerous benefits to the US economy; one, people no longer have to spend 1/3 of their paycheck for gas. For instance, since the cost per mile is less than $0.9, hybrid cars such as the Prius which consume gas allow one to drive approximately 600 miles before being refueled. Research done by The United States Hybrid Vehicle Registration, shows that private cars produce a relatively large share of the country’s greenhouse gases. People who drive hybrid cars have potential for a tax break. When a person purchases a hybrid car, he/she is eligible for close to $3000 back once they file taxes (Stellet, 2011, p. 72). Seemingly, at the end of the year, this tax could assist them in numerous ways. Ideally, as the market for hybrid cars grows bigger, manufacturers could shift to more economical, secure, and environmentally friendly alternatives as the price for hybrid cars fall. Since hybrids maximize fuel efficiency, it is depicted that hybrids can greatly affect the national economy and individual spending. Unlike the conventional cars, hybrid cars are cheaper, more efficient, environmentally friendly, and user friendly, therefore, more of these hybrids will be purchased and this will affect greatly affect consumer buying in a positive way.
Markedly, hybrid cars reduce oil dependence costs. Going by the fact that the US imports millions of gallons of oil from foreign countries, the growth of hybrid cars in the US market will result to less oil purchases and consumption all together. This gradual change in oil supply will negatively affect the trade and supply of oil as it is depicted that more and more Americans will own Hybrid cars in the new future. As the biggest importer of oil, the US will sooner than later loosen its ties with oil producing countries, which could result to misunderstandings and political rivalry leading to weak partnerships
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