The Hybrids: The Gas/electric Combination Equals Fuel Savings and Environmental Benefits

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The Hybrids: The Gas/electric Combination Equals Fuel Savings and Environmental Benefits


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Toyota Prius

MSRP: $22,000

ENGINE: 1.5 liter, 4 cylinder, 172 horsepower

MPG: 45 (city) 48 (highway)

FEATURE: High-Solar Energy Absorbing (HSEA) glass

Hybrid vehicles have become practical choices for car buyers who are looking for efficient and innovative options that are environmentally friendly and will save drivers money at the gas pump. A hybrid includes a small, fuel-efficient gas engine combined with an electric motor that boosts the engine when accelerating. Batteries power the electric motor and recharge automatically while you drive. With rising gas prices, automakers are speeding production of hybrids to meet the public demand. The Toyota Prius (above) is among a collection of popular hybrids.

THE HYBRIDS

Ford Escape Hybrid

MSRP: $29,305

ENGINE: 2.5 liter, 4 cylinder, 171 horsepower

MPG: 34 (city) 31 (highway)

FEATURE: Convenient AC outlet for powering small personal devices

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Chrysler Aspen Hybrid

MSRP: $45,570

ENGINE: 5.7 liter HEMI[R], 385 horsepower

MPG: 18 (city) 19 (highway)

FEATURE: Chrysler's fuel-conserving Multi-Displacement System

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Saturn VUE Hybrid

MSRP: $26,955

ENGINE: 3.6 liter, 6 cylinder, 257 horsepower

MPG: 24 (city) 34 (highway)

FEATURE: Energy Storage System

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Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

MSRP: $70,735

ENGINE: 6 liter, V-8, 332 horsepower

MPG: 20 (city) 21 (highway)

FEATURE: 8-inch, touch-screen navigation system

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