Hybrid vehicles have come a long way in a short amount of time, although it’s still clear there is still a way to go before public perception changes. The first obstacle is the price of hybrids, as they are still too high to become a consumer’s first choice, and then there is the technology itself. What we mean by this is because it seems strange that there are still diesel vehicles already on the market achieving better figures than some hybrids.
However, for the most part the best MPG cars are still hybrids, with the Honda Civic and the Toyota Prius at the top of the list. The amount of technology being used in these vehicles is remarkable, and this will only improve now that KERS from F1 is being introduced into road cars. While this is very similar to what hybrids already do, the technology from KERS is far more advanced.
What makes the Honda Civic Hybrid MPG so good? Honda’s Eco Assist does what it says on the tin, and that is to coach you into driving with greater fuel-efficiency. All you have to do is stay in the green and you should achieve the recommended 44 mpg in the city and 44 miles per gallon on the highway.
However, the easiest way to achieve those figures is to use the ECON Button, which will automatically configure the cars system so what would normally consume the most energy will be better managed. This is not ideal for all situations, so you should not use this mode all the time.
The Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive system – This is the heart of the Prius, which is said to be the perfect unison between a gasoline engine and an eclectic motor. This system works even better in conjunction with the three driving modes, EV, 15 16 ECO and POWER. EV Mode. Each of these alters certain car functions, such as demand on climate control, your throttle input and much more. It’s this technology that allows the Toyota Hybrid MPG results to be 51 mpg in the city and 48 on the highway.
However, these results will vary on your driving style, and also how well you maintain your hybrid vehicle.