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Hybrid Cars, Portland Oregon

A "Hybrid" is a vehicle that has both an internal combustion engine and one or more electric motors that operate (in unison and/or independently) to propel the vehicle.
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Gas prices have soared and so has the desire to own a hybrid car. This is somewhat unfortunate for those now shopping. With the demand outpacing the supply, dealers know they are in a sellers market. What this means to you is it is more important than ever to shop and get as many quotes as possible.

Another way of looking at this is that the traditional gas powered cars are not moving and a better deal can be had on these models. Before you dismiss this idea, consider that the cost of hybrid car is about 20% higher and the fact that there is a push for alternative fuels now in high gear. One other consideration is that traditionally the cost of new technology does go down as the demand increases, thus the cost of these vehicles is likely to decrease off setting the additional fuel cost.

If you are set on a Hybrid car, follow the links so you can start researching prices.
Honda Civic Compact Sedan Hybrid
City: 30-49 mpg Hwy: 40-51 mpg
Honda Accord Midsize Sedan Hybrid
City: 20-25 mpg Hwy: 29-34 mpg
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Honda Insight Compact Coupe Hybrid
City: 57 mpg Hwy: 56 mpg
Toyota Prius Compact Sedan Hybrid
City: 60 mpg Hwy: 51 mpg
Ford Escape Hybrid Compact SUV
City: 33-36 mpg Hwy: 29-31 mpg
Mercury Mariner Hybrid Compact SUV
City: 33 mpg Hwy: 29 mpg
Toyota Highlander Hybrid Midsize SUV
City: 31-33 mpg Hwy: 27-28 mpg
Lexus RX 400h Midsize SUV
City: 31-33 mpg Hwy: 27-28 mpg
* Be prepared for these prices to change very quickly as demand rises!

Overview of Hybrid Cars

Size: Hybrids range in size from two-seat hatchbacks to five-seat, midsize luxury SUVs. Most hybrids are moderately priced, but they usually command full sticker price and sometimes a dealer markup on top of that.
Price: Hybrids are about 20-percent more expensive than their all-gas counterparts.
Engine/Fuel Economy: Hybrids break into two categories: fuel-efficient hybrids (getting from 35 to 50 mpg) and performance hybrids (getting from 20 to 30 mpg). The latter category offers good fuel economy, but the emphasis is on performance. It's also important to bear in mind that the EPA's estimated mileage for hybrids is difficult for most drivers to achieve in real-world conditions.
Safety: In general, hybrids are as safe as all-gas cars. However, concerns have been expressed about accidents which damage or expose the batteries for fear that electric shocks are possible. Yet, hybrids have been on the market for five years and accidents of this kind have not been reported. Additionally, manufacturers maintain that they have taken steps to educate emergency responders so that they can help accident victims without risking injury.
Luxury Features/Convenience: Most hybrids are slightly more upscale than their corresponding gasoline counterparts. This is due to an effort by manufacturers to justify the premium that buyers pay for the privilege of saving gas. Upper-level luxury models feature the latest in electronic gadgetry and amenities.
Operating Costs: Operating costs, such as oil changes and routine maintenance are comparable to normal cars. In some cases, brakes last longer due to hybrids' regenerative braking systems. Manufacturers offer longer warranty coverage for the hybrid-specific components, usually 8 years, so you're covered if something goes wrong. One of the few unknowns is the cost of replacing the hybrid batteries, though manufacturers contend the batteries are designed to last for the life of the vehicle.

Mileage should continue to get better for hybrid cars as research and development continues.
 


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