THE URBAN DRIVER: Hybrid
If you see yourself driving every day, in regular traffic, then a hybrid is an excellent choice. Hybrids can maintain fuel efficiency at slower speeds than diesels. Not only that, but many shut off their engines in stop-and-go traffic, relying solely on the vehicle’s electric motor to poke about in the city.
Unlike a diesel motor, hybrids are also significantly quieter in the city. With instant torque response, they’re apt at keeping pace with city traffic. Look at the Honda Insight, which is a mild-hybrid and unable to drive on pure electric power alone. Yet it can still get over 40 mpg in the city, making it an excellent choice for those living in urban environments.
If you’re interested in even more fuel efficiency, the Toyota Prius c gets over 50 mpg in the city, and while it’s quite slow with just 100 hp, you won’t need much more when driving around town.