quote:The difference between 4 cylinder and 6 cylinder Acura/Camry class cars is more like 3 or 4 mpg. I can't see any reason for the spread to get any bigger in a hybrid of the same size shape and weight. It's more the power you use than the power you have available at full throttle.
Originally posted by JHZR2: I agree - look at the accord hybrid. Instead of making a super-high efficiency car that makes the powr of the 4cyl version, with much higher MPG, they make one that has more power than the v6 car, and though economy is good, it doesnt seem to me to be inline with the green image that they really could be offering. If v6ish power can give 37 MPG, 4cyl-ish power should give 45+. JMH
quote:Because they're for show. For most (possibly all) drivers, an Echo or Corolla will use less total resources and energy over the life of the vehicle than a Prius.
Originally posted by LarryL: If a hybrid car is for those drivers that want to be kind to the environment and save money on gas, why do they limit the cars to the more expensive models?
Originally posted by ekpolk: Brian: You laugh, but believe it or not, the owner’s manual contains a warning about this. If you’ve been driving regular cars your whole life (who hasn’t), you don’t even consciously realize that your car provides a “built in” warning of its approach through its engine noise. A Prius at 25-30 mph, running on batteries alone, is darned near dead silent, except perhaps for whatever tire noise it might be making. Talk about stealth.