The first hybrid cars on the road, such asPrius and Civic, were compact and boasted effective fuel economy. But, to please customers, still in love with SUVs and concerned about high gas prices, some automakers offered models with a hybrid gasoline-electric engine.
Hybrid SUVs are on the market in three main sizes: full-size, medium and compact. Compact offer the greatest savings in comparison with its non-hybrid counterparts.
Full-size models provide not so muchConsiderable savings, but they retain their parameters of carrying capacity, comfort and spaciousness, which for some motorists remains a fundamental factor. Models of medium size offer a combination of some advantages of both small and large SUVs.
Full-size hybrid SUVs,Offered by General Motors: Cadillac Escalade, GMC Yukon and Chevrolet Tahoe. They all function on a dual-mode hybrid system developed jointly by GM, BMW and DaimlerChrysler. In the first mode, the car works only on electricity, only on gas, or on a combination of both, for driving around the city.
The second mode is designed for driving on the highway,In which a 6.0-liter V-8 engine with 332 horsepower does most of the work with an electric motor. The GM system also has the option of decontaminating the cylinders, in which half of the cylinders can be closed, if they are not required, for example, in the urban mode of stop-and-go. GM hybrids also have a 300-volt nickel-metal hydride battery.
Toyota and Lexus serve the market of mediumHybrid SUVs. In the Toyota Highlander electric engine up to 209 horsepower combined with a 3.3-liter V-6 gasoline engine. Toyota's luxury division - Lexus - offers the RX450h as a mid-size hybrid model. The Lexus combines a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with an electric motor that together gives 295 horsepower and gas consumption of 30-32 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway.
One of the first hybrid SUVs,Introduced into the market, became a compact Ford Escape Hybrid, which was released in 2004. This is an interesting model, both in terms of design, and in relation to the set of properties of economy, safety and reliability.
In general, choosing the right hybridSUV, think about how much you want from the car and how much you can afford to pay. Hybrids are more expensive than their non-hybrid counterparts, and saving gasoline will certainly not be enough to compensate for a higher vehicle price. Despite this, the plus of the hybrid is also that it less pollutes the air and will always be better in terms of protecting the environment, although this will not affect your wallet.