The envelope is in, and the winner is…? The judges are obtaining their honoraria's worth with the sort of selection they want to make to come up with in their choice of the most effective hybrid automobile there is. But it appears they'd actually have a really hard time deciding, what with the array of hybrid vehicles that are now on present to, competing to be the top rated automobile in terms of security, fuel efficiency, emission, comfort and technological innovations.

The Criteria

In picking a hybrid automobile, what considerations will you appear at? Of course one particular will not opt for a hybrid if not for the fuel efficiency, otherwise, any other fashionable sedan notwithstanding how significantly gallons of fuel it consumes will be a candidate for one's option. So the sort of fuel consumption savings and efficiency will unquestionably be a prime consideration. Relative to this, the most effective hybrid automobile will have to have the lowest, if not zero, emission of toxic waste gases. So this criterion is in.

But how will we decide on the most effective hybrid automobile then? We can in all probability start off by segregating these hybrids, say separate the coupes and sedans from the SUVs and vans. Then segregate them additional by dividing the vehicles into compacts, mid-sized sedans, and so forth. Segregate the pickups from mid- to complete-sized trucks. Separate the vans from the mini-vans. The lists goes and on just as the list of readily available hybrid vehicles continues to lengthen.

Then you can in all probability go to the level of physique types, drivetrains, engine energy, transmission size and drive, and a host of overall performance criteria to appear for.

Price tag may perhaps be farther down the list, as hybrid vehicles will practically certainly compensate for the initial larger expense via fuel savings and other economy characteristics.

The Semi-Finalists

Some say the Toyota Prius essentially began the race and all, and as such a pioneer deserves a spot in the hall of fame of hybrids. The Prius begins at a recommended retail of $22,175, and comes with a savings bonus as an ECO-nomic automobile of about $two,000. Then there are tax added benefits, also, for picking an environmental-friendly automobile. EPA estimates come in at 55 miles per gallon for combined city and highway driving, and the AT-PZEV (Sophisticated Technologies Partial Zero Emission Automobile) rating.

What about the mid-size sedans, with additional space than the Prius? There is the 2007 Hybrid version of Toyota Camry, which begins at about $26,000. While the Honda Accord Hybrid and the Honda Civic Hybrid are also in the operating, the Toyota Camry regularly figures in surveys created of happy hybrid customers. The Camry Hybrid attains 34 miles to the gallon as far as EPA ratings go.

Let us go now to sport utility cars. The Ford Escape Hybrid is wonderful, but price tag considerations and its complete-SUV characteristics make it much less common than the 2007 Saturn Vue Green Line Hybrid, a additional compact modern, that is priced reasonably at about $23,000, not to mention the tax added benefits it gets for getting a “green” SUV. Surveys show that this hybrid is comparable to other similar-sized SUVs in terms of fuel efficiency and emission-levels.

Examine the Ford Escape Hybrid now to yet another Toyota SUV, and you get the 2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid winning by an edge, if automobile testimonials are to be believed. Reviewers say the overall performance and efficiency of the Highlander tends to make it a quantity one particular contender for the most effective big-sort SUV of the hybrid sort. At estimated price tag of $32,500, the EPA ratings of 25 or 26 miles to the gallon for city and highway driving are manageable, if one particular appears at the extended-term fuel savings.

The Verdict?

The title of most effective hybrid automobile will often be relative – relative as to the sort of considerations the purchaser and driver will appear for in his hybrid. But with the plethora of hybrids out there, it need to not be that significantly of a trouble to discover the most effective one particular for you.