Top 3 Green Cars

May 20, 2009 / by / 3 Comments
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Due to the surmounting environmental problem, top manufacturer of consumer goods are trying their best to begin making greener products. This trend has been developed in the fields of computers, vehicles, mobile phones etc. undoubtedly this is a wise step taken by the manufacturers for protecting out globe. We live at this planet; the more we contaminate it the more we will be prone to dangers of extermination. In this article, we shall discuss top green cars along with their features and unique points. Let us begin with today’s study.

1. 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid:

2009 Honda Civic HybridIn terms of qualifications, it is much similar to Toyota Prius 2009, though mostly Prius is given priority over Civic Hybrid for performance. It has been styled conventionally for a gas engine sedan. Hybrid is only offered as a four door sedan as compared to the two door gas engine sedan.

All 2009 Civics have been altered a bit in exterior; front grille and bumper have been slightly modified as well as headlights’ color has been changed too. According to Kelly Blue Book, “it’s not hard to spot the Civic Hybrid thanks to its aerodynamic disc-type wheels, side mirrors with integrated turn indicators (the only Civic to offer this feature), a mild trunk spoiler, small roof-mounted antenna and hybrid badging.”

Easy to handle controls and usage of high quality materials has added to its charm. There are new patterns and cloth materials on seats and the door linings and armrests have been revised. For a small car, the front seat offers much support and comfort, but still it is not advisable to be used for long trips due to insufficient thigh support. Sadly, the rear seats are uncomfortable as well as cramped. Seats and steering wheel are leather clad, and the former is heated, too. Also, it includes a Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Bluetooth connectivity.

Safety features include exclusive ACE Body Structure (for collision energy management and crash compatibility), Daytime running lights, four-channel anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and six standard air bags. There is a 3 years or 36,000 miles bumper-to-bumper warranty provided by Honda, as well as Powertrain coverage is offered for 5 years or 60,000 miles.

Unique Selling Points:

  • Modish exterior and interior, with high quality materials
  • Great gas mileage for a hybrid, second only to the Prius

Limitations:

  • Limited cargo space
  • Not enough support in seating, especially for long drives
  • Lackluster overall power
  • A controversial two-tiered instrument panel

Price:

  • $23,650 – $26,850 (subject to variation according to time and location)

2. Toyota Prius 2009:

Toyota Prius is used synonymously for green cars. It is not only green, but is being used by a number of families as their family vehicle. Thus, it is one such green car that isn’t only green, but can be used practically, too.

It is being used by most Americans as “their car”, as they go to office,Toyota Prius market and to friends in this car. A lot of the green cars available in the market are in some way an imitation of Prius. This explains a lot about its performance. Due to a surge in gas prices, people desperately want to get hybrids.

With best average fuel economy of new cars in US in this year, Prius is certainly liked by the consumers. There isn’t much difference between Prius 2008 and Prius 2009, though it has been said all the past year that a completely fresh Prius will appear in 2009. For that new model, everyone will have to wait till 2010. Being offered now are three trim levels of Prius; standard, base and touring.

Edmunds has given high praise to this car by stating, “No car combines fuel- and space-efficiency quite like the 2009 Toyota Prius. In the end, we think this is the hybrid that will best meet the needs of ‘most people”.

It uses a four cylinder gasoline engine and two electric motors; the latter takes it to 30 mph. The four cylinder gasoline engine overtakes beyond 30mph. Electronically-assisted steering is also offered. Another feature is the regenerating braking where the batteries are recharged by the braking energy of the car.

Unique Selling Points:

  • Roomy interior
  • Long list of standard equipment
  • Exceptional fuel economy, especially in around-town driving

Limitations:

  • Lackluster highway performance
  • Polarizing styling

Price:

  • $22,000 – $24,270 (subject to variation according to time and location)

3. Toyota Camry Hybrid 2009:

Comfy travel, low long term cost of ownership, lots of interior features and great fuel economy; this is Toyota Camry Hybrid 2009. It is even being said that Prius cannot come up to the level of Camry’s calmness and graceful travel.

According to Edmunds, “The 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid’s compelling duo of superior fuel economy and comfortable family sedan attributes makes it a top choice for a hybrid vehicle. On the opposite end of the driving excitement spectrum, Toyota’s dull-but-frugal Prius offers similar passenger room, greater trunk space and better gas mileage for less money than the Camry.”

Toyota Camry Hybrid

It has a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 147 hp and 138 pound-feet of torque, plus complementary electric motor, which generates collective output toting up 187 hp.

One of the most astounding features of Camry Hybrid is the super-silent cabin. Other features include excellent driving position, spacious seating for five, super roomy rear seats, intuitive navigation system, trendy fuel-mileage display, expedient supplementary audio jack, and 10.6 cubic feet cargo space.

Unique Selling Points:

  • A spacious cabin with plenty of standard features
  • Shares the conventional Camry’s pleasing exterior style
  • A well matched four-cylinder engine and hybrid motor

Limitations:

  • Slightly numb steering
  • Battery pack creates a small trunk for its class

Price:

  • $26,150 – $26,150 (subject to variation according to time and location)

With this, we end out article about top three green cars with a hope that it proved useful to you. Let’s meet next time with another such topic.


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