Driving a Hybrid Electric Vehicle Dayto Day

The thing most of us who test cars for a living notice about the latest hybrid vehicles is not how different they are from conventional gasoline cars, but rather how similar they are to the cars and SUVs most of us drive these days. Many expect hybrids to be slow, but they are not slow. Many expect that they won't be fun to drive, but they can be fun to drive. Many expect that they'll be cramped and uncomfortable, but they are just as roomy and accommodating as conventional cars. One proof is that a hybrid drivetrain option is now being offered


Performance hybrid? Isn't that an oxymoron? Nope! For example, the hybrid version of the Lexus GS sport-luxury sedan is the fastest accelerating model in the GS line.

on some of the most popular vehicle models in the country—cars like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. Additional proof comes from the fact that the leading luxury car maker in the United States, Lexus, offers several hybrid models in its lineup. Those vehicles—sedans and SUVs—perform as well or better than the conventional versions of each model.

Although range is the bugaboo of the electric car, range is one of the HEVs' strong suits. When you combine the typical hybrid's vastly superior fuel economy with a standard-size gasoline fuel tank, you can put a phenomenal number of miles on it before you have to stop for fuel. Driving ranges in excess of 500 miles are not uncommon versus 300 to 400 miles for a typical passenger car. Well-designed HEVs can not only accelerate as rapidly and travel as fast as conventional vehicles, they can also offer the same safety and convenience capabilities.

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