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Hmmm,

Don't the hybrids get cleaner ratings than their conventional counterparts?

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Hmmm,

Don't the hybrids get cleaner ratings than their conventional counterparts?
i'd raise this question: is that because of the hybrid system or extra effort to clean them up. For example, the chevy pickups are only slightly different in mileage but alot different in emmissions.

why can't i have a boring old 4-popper in a Mercedes with the uber-emission killing system?


See, two cars i really enjoyed were a Caddy STS and a Benz CLS.

The Benz dealership was leaning on me heavily to get the V12 or whatever it is. the CLS550 instead of 500. Sort of being snooty to me when i explained that i had no interest in the bigger engine.

the Caddy is only availabe in its most glorious form with the big engine. Lots of options simply not available with the V6.


The message from both seemed to be: small engines are second rate.

I just wanted all the options and a 4-banger that gets 35 on the highway.

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Hmmm,

Don't the hybrids get cleaner ratings than their conventional counterparts?
i'd raise this question: is that because of the hybrid system or extra effort to clean them up. quote]

Probably a combination of the 2, just like in the Prius; green power without excuses, right?

People sometimes forget that hybrids are first and foremost GREEN; the fact that they get better mileage while producing the equivalent power is a benefit or unintended consequence.

If gas mileage were the ONLY criterion, them you should not even consider an automobile; most small motorcycles get better mileage than even a Prius...

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People sometimes forget that hybrids are first and foremost GREEN; the fact that they get better mileage while producing the equivalent power is a benefit or unintended consequence.

If gas mileage were the ONLY criterion, them you should not even consider an automobile; most small motorcycles get better mileage than even a Prius...
hmmmm... that's a very interesting thought. In my case, at least 50% fo the miles i drive in the pri have my son in the backseat, and a motorcycle is out. Also i have no motorcycle experience, and probably couldn't endure a 300 mile trip to family or friends on a cycle.

But its a very interesting thought, and i think that it calls for a poll.

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[get better mileage than even a Prius...
hmmmm... that's a very interesting thought. In my case, at least 50% fo the miles i drive in the pri have my son in the backseat, and a motorcycle is out. Also i have no motorcycle experience, and probably couldn't endure a 300 mile trip to family or friends on a cycle.

But its a very interesting thought, and i think that it calls for a poll.[/quote]

Motorcycles are probably NOT a good choice for most people, at least not as an only or primary vehicle.

A lady that I know is waiting for an alternative fueled, plug-in Prius. I personnally think that there is a market for an MR2 hybrid.

Why not a 2-cylinder biodiesel hybrid?

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Let's see.. if you had a choice between a GS450h and a GS430, which would you pick?

The GS450h is faster to 60, more powerful, it beat the GS430 (and M45) in a 3 lap battle at Tsukuba on Best Motoring (Japanese car programme), it gets better mileage than both depsite its weight deficit, it has better weight ratio because of a lighter engine in the front and a battery over the rear wheels and lastly, it costs less to purchase. In Canada, it's exempt from the luxury tax.

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V6 Hybrids such as the Highlander Hybrid are far more efficient and cleaner than their gasoline only counterparts, making them a very good fit for those who have vehicle requirements that preclude a Prius.

I purchased a Highlander Hybrid and currently average 29.5mpg, far better than what I could get with a comparable non-hybrid.

When I selected the Highlander Hybrid I was looking for 1 vehicle that met the following requirements: 4WD, reasonable cargo and towing capacity, room for 5 and their luggage, smooth and quiet ride, and the best in class fuel economy and emissions. For me. the Prius was not even a consideration, and if the Highlander had been a 4cyl, it probably would not have made the grade because of the limited towing capacity of the 4cyl model. I did not consider the Ford Escape Hybrid for that reason.

Take a look at this article for an excellent comparison of the Highlander Hybrid and it's gasoline only counterpart:

http://www.popularmechanics.com/automot ... page=1&c=y
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