The drive for a greener and cleaner environment has been rising by the day. Car manufacturers have also not been left behind. In fact, they’ve been at the forefront in regard to embracing cleaner and more efficient car technology. The most notable invention has to be the hybrid car. The motor vehicle boasts of two power plants: a combustion engine and an electric motor. The engines will alternate so as to maximise power and efficiency. The top 5 hybrid cars of 2014 are as follows:
1. Ford Fusion
Ford Fusion Hybrid 2nd generation. Photo by Arvind Govindaraj.
Although launched in 2013, the Ford Fusion still remains one of the most efficient hybrids in the market. This is clearly evident from the impressive sales it had in 2013 which are still soaring in 2014.The Fusion is a mid-sized saloon car that can seat four people. The car can reach 100kph (62mph) by only relying on its electric motor. The fuel mileage is rated at 18.2 km/I (highway) and 15.6 km/I (city).
2. Toyota Prius C
The Toyota Prius was the pioneer of hybrid cars. It has continued with this tradition and remains one of the most efficient and versatile hybrid cars to date. In fact, it is the highest selling hybrid in the world. The car comes in four trims. The Prius which comes with a 1.5-litre petrol engine and a 38 litre fuel tank is most economical when driven in Eco mode. Km/I in the City is 18.7 while 16 on the Highway.
3. Honda Civic
The 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid is certainly a car to watch out for in 2014. This car scores well in almost all departments. Good styling, remarkable power, and satisfactory road handling. The four cylinder petrol engine churns out 110 horsepower which is quite impressive for a car in its category. The electric motor is powered by a lithium-ion battery and comes with a 50 litre fuel tank. Both City and Highway Mileage is rated at 15km/1.
4. Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is arguably one of the most affordable and comfortable hybrids currently in the market. The mid-size saloon car features a four cylinder engine mated to a six speed automatic gear box. The power and torque output is quite impressive. In addition, it comes with a refined interior as well as comfortable ride. Fuel mileage is 15km/I (city) and 17km/I (highway).
5. Chevrolet Volt
Although fairly new in the hybrid market, Chevrolet has come with a bang. The 2013 Chevrolet Volt has won a number of accolades as proof. These include comfort, user-friendliness, customer satisfaction and more The Chevrolet Volt gives you the option of choosing the petrol mode or electric battery. In the City it returns a fuel mileage of 15km/I while on the highway it stands at 16km/1.
The above list makes up what are currently the top 5 hybrid cars of 2014. The cars are without a doubt a good option for anyone who has a soft spot for a clean environment. Besides being green, the cars also help a driver in reducing the costs associated with fuelling. Although the cars may cost more initially, they are much cheaper to maintain in the long run. If you are a new driver or about to sit for your driving theory test, you will certainly appreciate the convenience and cost saving.