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Overview of the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid

mitsubishi-outlander-plug-in-hybrid--uk-version_100480201_lThe Mitsubishi Outlander plug in hybrid car is still not in the American market. This has been caused by a series of debates that have come up and pushed the release date to the fall of 2015. This is almost two years after it was released in Japan and about one full year after it was released for sale in Europe. The availability of the car in Europe makes it much easier to get the ratings and user reviews of the car.

The Outlander was designed originally to be used purely on electric power. This means that the car has the same impression as the regular car to consumers. The look of the car may not be as striking as most would expect. The car has a dark-grey metallic paintwork with attractively brushed alloy wheels finishing. Most people actually think that this is a ‘handsome’ model.

The inside of the car is a similar story. While most of the high end cars in the market come with leather seats and sun roofs that give the cabin a lift, the design of the Outlander took a slightly different direction. The design is unremarkable and it is simple and clear enough. This tends to give a sense of tranquility that avoids confusion or offense. It is also interesting to note the absence of the tachometer. This has been replaced by a charge assistance “swingometer.” This is a joystick shaped drive selector that contains more options that make it possible to get access to the touchscreen display, as well as the smaller displays in the gauge cluster.

The rear wheels of this vehicle come with a 60 kW electric motor. This gives the vehicle four-wheel drive capabilities The official records for the car are an acceleration of 0-60 mph within an 11 seconds time frame.

The vehicle has a12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that is situated below the passenger compartment at the center of the car. This means that there is more trunk space in this model compared to the gasoline powered vehicle alternatives. The charging rate for the car is also reasonable. The car can be charged from 220-240V within five hours.

When the driver reaches higher speeds quickly, the car automatically switches over to the parallel hybrid mode. This means that the engine of the car provides most of the power while the electric component provides little assistance. The level of assistance is dependent on the strength of the acceleration.

 

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Guide for 2014 and 2015 Hybrid Cars

2014-toyota-prius-c_100445683_lJust about 10 years ago, there were only about four brands of hybrid cars in the American market. Today, the number has tremendously grown. One of the original hybrid cars in the market was the Toyota Prius. At the time, the most fuel-efficient car in the market was the original Honda Insight. The Prius swiftly overtook this position and took up the mantle of being the most fuel-efficient vehicle in the market. This sparked competition from most of the other car manufacturers and they quickly started to divert some of their resources into developing and rolling out their own version of hybrid cars. Honda for instance, released their first Civic hybrid in 2004 to counter competition from the Toyota Prius. Ford also released their version of the hybrid car through the Ford Escape hybrid car, which was also released in 2004.

This is a simple guide to the hybrid cars that are currently in the market. This only contains hybrid cars. Pure electric cars of course, don’t have concerns about fuel savings since they do not use any gasoline.

Compacts and Small Cars

The Toyota Prius C is top of the list in this category of hybrid vehicles. The car has a combined mpg of 50 and a very impressive city rating of 53 mpg. Consumers who are very concerned about fuel savings in the city would be very happy with this vehicle.

Next on the list is the classy CT 200h manufactured by Lexus. Most critics say that it is a Prius in a different body. The vehicle has a slightly lower mpg of about 42 mpg combined. The major advantage of this vehicle is the fact that it has some extra prestige that some of the buyers in the market are always looking for. The vehicle also comes at a relatively high-end price. This means that despite the favorable mileage, it is not a vehicle for people with a small car buying budget.

Third on the list is the 2014 Honda Insight. Despite the big name, the vehicle does not carry the prestige associated with it. However, the vehicle manages to use the same 42 mpg combined mileage. The car has a city mileage of about 41. This is a cheaper alternative to the above cars. They are not very many in the market so if you would like to grab one for yourself you don’t have much time!

Another other good option is the sporty Honda CR-Z. The car has a combined mpg of 37. This is also a good option for low-end buyers.

 

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