The obvious draw to hybrids is their fuel efficiency and their ease on the
environment. Hybrids run on a combination gas/electric power plant. The gas engine shuts off when the car is stopped in traffic or cruising, and kicks back in when the electrical motor can’t meet the acceleration needs.
These cars often have similar performance characteristics as their gas counterparts and get exceptional range of about six-hundred miles between fill-ups. The first hybrid offered for sale in the U.S. was the Honda Insight (offered this model year), which combines the practicality of Honda with the ability to travel on the cheap—up to 670 miles on a single tank of gas!
Hybrids are offered by many of today’s leading manufacturers: Toyota, Honda, and Ford to name a few. As the technology improves, so does the range of models offered for sale, as does their appeal and success among consumers.