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2011 Hybrid Car Buyers Guide Helps Drivers Explore Cleaner Options

2011 Hybrid Car Buyers Guide Helps Drivers Explore Cleaner Options

If you’re finding it hard to keep up with all the new hybrid cars rolling off the assembly lines, Hybrid Kingdom has just what you need to keep things straight in the new year.

The website, which offers an impressive collection of hybrid-related resources as well a newsletter, has published the 2011 Hybrid Car Buyers Guide to help consumers make better informed decisions about hybrid-electric vehicles.

“There are an overwhelming number of websites offering advice about eco-friendly cars,” says Jeff Carey, Director of Marketing at Hybrid Kingdom. “Customers were asking us for an easier way to compare all the hybrid makes and models in one place. Our editors brought it all together and developed a resource that people can read online, download or print.”

The recently updated Hybrid Guide includes information on every new hybrid car, truck and SUV available for purchase today. These include the Toyota Prius, as well as several newcomers such as the hybrid Lincoln MKZ and Volkswagen Touareg hybrid sport utility vehicle.

All 27 hybrid vehicles get their own featured page in the new guide. Each vehicle profile includes an executive review, photos, EPA gas mileage estimates and pricing options. Also included are links to expert reviews, manufacturers and other online resources.

Sales of hybrid vehicles reached an all-time high in 2008 when gas prices in the U.S. topped $4 per gallon, and in some states were closer to $6. That year over 300,000 hybrids were sold. Now, with crude oil and gasoline prices again on the rise, consumer interest in fuel-efficient vehicles is growing again.

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11:23AM PST on Jan 10, 2011

thanks, dont got the money but I do my best with what I have. I read a lot about economic driving and I actually dimished my gas-usage with 2liters/100km. I also read hybrid isnt that much more 'greener'. Anyways one day ..

7:43AM PST on Jan 6, 2011

Besides driving a hybrid or electric car, think about this:

Look for all sorts of ways to reduce energy consumption in your daily life.

1) drive less and coast when approaching a red light or stop sign

2) turn off lights and appliances when not in use

3) stop smoking

4) reduce or eliminate meat and other animal products

5) buy or otherwise get used clothing and toys

6) use the library instead of buying books

7) reduce consumption of everything

8) recycle as much as you can

9) reuse whenever possible

10) compost if you can

11) make this list longer

12) share this list with others

12:09PM PST on Jan 5, 2011

I was looking into an electric car, but they just aren't as efficient as advertised. Too new for me. So I'll be going for a hybrid, once my stupid car is finally paid off...

10:19AM PST on Jan 3, 2011

Thanks for the post

9:28AM PST on Jan 3, 2011

I have a 2005 Prius. It's a great car and was thinking of buying a new or newer car. The price of the Prius however is way to high for my pocket, As all other commodities demand has sent the prices up. I will now be looking for another brand. Why do all the manufacturers make a good product out of reach of the folks that need them most?

9:16AM PST on Jan 3, 2011

cool I will read it more in depth. Thinking about an electric car. My travils are short distance and have been looking at golf cart type of viehicles. some are pretty reasonable.

5:04AM PST on Jan 3, 2011

We need more electric vehicles, and green generated electricity. No more coal!

11:07PM PST on Jan 1, 2011

Thank you for posting.

7:23PM PST on Jan 1, 2011

A few comments:

@ Jim Stack, when I mention going to Diesel, I'm talking about using BIO-fuels. In order for us to become as energy-independent as possible and without wreaking havoc on the environment, we must look into sources of energy which will be environmentally friendly! Bio-fuels, especially those derived from hemp and algae can be a viable fuel source which will result in a minimal environmental footprint. The amount of CO2, HC, NOx and CO are all greatly reduced. With these types of fuels available, why do we and why must we continue to keep the oil cartels profitable?

Oh, and about speed limits? It has been proven in more modern vehicles that slower is not only not always safer, but that it is not always more efficient either! Vehicles today are built much better and get better fuel mileage than vehicles built several decades ago. 55MPH on major superhighways was and still is a JOKE!

Dorothy K., If you like your CR-Z, that's great! I don't feel the performance is by any means what is should be! The fuel mileage I get with my '03 Civic is almost as good (38 MPG Highway) and the maintenance costs are probably lower. While the fuel mileage may not be all that bad, I'd be concerned if something major needed fixing or if I got in a crash. Moreover, when it's time to dispose of the car, what happens to all the electricals? Can you guarantee that all the those parts will be reused properly?

6:20PM PST on Jan 1, 2011

thanks so much! I was wondering about this just a few days ago.

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