Should You Buy a Hybrid, Diesel or Electric Car?

Should You Buy a Hybrid, Diesel or Electric Car?

THE COMMUTER: Diesel/Hybrid

You might think that your vehicle is thrifty on gas if your daily commute involves regular highway driving because those trips don’t demand hard work from the engine. Your car might be good, but these are probably better.

Look at the highway fuel numbers of the newest hybrids and diesel vehicles. The Toyota Prius gets about 50 mpg during highway driving and the Chevrolet Cruze diesel is rated at 46.

jetta-tdiThe Cruze diesel achieves it’s incredibly highway fuel economy thanks to extra aerodynamic goodies like active grille shutters. In a recent test, AutoGuide found the Cruze diesel extremely efficient, but still not as miserly as the Volkswagen Jetta TDI.

However, the Cruze Diesel is also an excellent companion on the highway thanks to improved sound deadening, borrowed from the Buick Verano. If you’re spending a lot of time on the highway getting to and from work, a diesel powered vehicle will work wonderfully. Diesel-powered cars also tend to return reliably better fuel economy ranging over a variety of driving styles.

  • lee colleton

    No mention of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV? It’s definitely in this category, though a bit spartan in design. I like the 50 cubic feet of storage with seats folded.

  • Ecolife

    Karma is so beautiful!

  • A satisified Lincoln owner.

    My MKZ 2011 Lincoln MKZ delivers a 42-45 MPG. A excellent car with all the bells and whistles one would ever want.