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Would you consider buying a hybrid as your next vehicle?

Response Percent Votes
50% 551
32% 360
Not sure
9% 110
I already own a hybrid
5% 62
I don’t drive
1% 19
Total 1102


gccs14r 8 years, 6 months ago

It'd have to be a diesel hybrid and get at least 60 mpg, though, since 40 is a really easy number to hit with a straight diesel.

walkthehawk 8 years, 6 months ago

I wish they'd offer more larger hybrids. Certainly you'll never hit the mpg of tiny cars like the prius and civic, but it would still be an improvement. With two kids in carseats, the prius isn't really an option for us, but I'd love to see a Subaru hybrid or (gasp) even a minivan.

gphawk89 8 years, 6 months ago

Only when someone starts producing a hybrid that uses 100% regenerative braking will I consider buying one. I realize the technology is not quite there yet, but I refuse to buy a so-called "efficient" hybrid that wastes a good amount of it's energy just heating up the brakes.

And it's going to have to get awfully good mileage. My '86 Sprint still gets in the mid-40's on the highway and it's way simpler and easier to maintain than any hybrid will ever be.

And I don't want it to look like a hybrid. I want one that looks like any other "normal" car and doesn't have "hybrid" emblems plastered all over the exterior.

1029 8 years, 6 months ago

A hybrid bus? Yes. A hybrid car? Absolutely not.

Bobo Fleming 8 years, 6 months ago

2007 Honda Civic Hybrid. Runs great. Drive 60 to KC daily and average 48 mpg. Dont get a hybrid if you want to drive 75 mpg. Love it but wouldnt work for family. For me and wife its great.

BrianR 8 years, 6 months ago

I just try to apparate whenever possible.

number1jayhawker 8 years, 6 months ago

We own a 2010 Prius, the 3rd generation and are VERY happy with it.

It has more leg room in the back than several mid-size cars.

It has the regenerative braking system on it also.

We have been averaging min 52 & max 57 mpg with most of this being highway driving.

AnnaUndercover 8 years, 6 months ago

@consumer1 Have you tried fairy dust? Much more low-cal.

gsxr600 8 years, 6 months ago

There are plenty of larger hybrids out there, unless a Yukon Hybrid isn't big enough for you...

You all should be talking about this

rgh 8 years, 6 months ago

Question for someone who owns one or knows the facts.

Do hybrids do that much better in the city when they are using the battery as opposed to the highway when it's using gasoline (or diesel)?

Jüstin Mössman 8 years, 6 months ago

Energy Conservation starts with thinking of sustainability. So think about "greening up" what you already own. Be content with what you already have. Think of fixing up the house and car you own, not buying new. The government should have shut down the automakers, and made them fix what we already have. It takes energy to make new, so just use that energy to fix what is already here.

jayhawkrider 8 years, 6 months ago

I own the Toyota Highlander and love it! I've had it for 2 years now and have been very happy with everything (gas mileage, power, comfort, etc.). I have a car seat, moutain bike, teenagers, and a 100-lb lab...they all work in this car due to a 3rd row that folds down flat. Mileage is about 24-26 mpg in the city (less in the summer due to AC drag on the engine) and 23-28 mpg on the highway (depending on whether we're going into the wind or not). The way you drive also plays a fair amount into your car's efficiency. We did have to replace the tires after 30K miles - heard that it's due to the heavier engine weight and softer tires.

Boeing 8 years, 6 months ago

I have a Jetta TDI diesel and get around 45 mpg without the super-expensive, environmentally-nasty battery that the hybrid drags, no thanks, no hybrids necessary. Plus, I don't like the "I'm a tool" look of Prius owners ;)

concernedeudoravoter 8 years, 6 months ago

I've had a Hybrid for 4 1/2 years. Still get around 45 miles to the gallon driving nearly 100 miles per day back and forth to Kansas City. Looks like a normal car too as it is a Honda Civic. The car has almost 170,000 miles on it and the batteries are still the original set. To answer a previous post about City mileage vs. Highway mileage, the typical hybrid does get a bit better mileage when driving in the city compared to on a highway.

Mackadoo 8 years, 6 months ago

2003 Honda Civic Hybrid here. 55 mpg on the commute to Topeka going 55 mph, 43 mpg in town.

walkthehawk 8 years, 6 months ago

@JackRipper... 1. taking the bus will only be a viable solution in this town when the routes coordinate well enough to cover the town, and to do it in a semi-efficient way. Right now the bus system, with the exception of KU, functions as a safety net, not an alternative to a car. I work as a home visitor and canvass the town--I would be paid to sit on the bus more than to work, unfortunately. We have lived in several places with functional public transit...this, unfortunately, isn't one of them.

  1. Agree on the point that commodification of "green" for the purpose of driving even MORE production and spending is ridiculous. That said, some of us will be needing to make a car purchase in the foreseeable future (my car is 15 years old. there are limits to what makes sense--if you don't like it, advocate for policies that subsidize rebuilding rather than making it more expensive to own an older car than have a car payment), and we would like to have choices that are easier on the environment--and at our wallet at the gas station. Nothing wrong with that; it isn't necessary to eschew all purchases to be thinking green, so much as to THINK before purchasing, overall.

Suvk1ller 8 years, 6 months ago

gphawk89.... to have 100% regerative braking would be very uncomfortable to drive and ride in. Not to mention your talking about something that is approaching perpetual motion, 100% energy transfer from mechanical to elctrical and back to mechanical while still having power reserve to move a 3500lb vehical isn't viable in our life time. Regenerative braking is a very good way to recover lost energy through motion, however in my experience with working on electric forklifts for many years its not a wise idea to ramp up the regen in an electrical driven motor on a vehical to maximum just to gain battery recovery. When ramped to maximum the scr controler (be-it DC or 3 phase DC-AC-DC inverter) will try and attempt to push all that energy that is recovered from the motor acting as a brake back to the battery through itself, the over rush of electrical energy will burn up electrical and drive train components through shock loading and over voltage conditions. What is currently used is about 15-25% regen recovery, this is done to save components and increase life as a result most of it is purposely lost through heat. Imagine a 10,000lb fork lift stopping on a dime from full throttle state to %100 regen braking state, the force of this will throw you out of your seat violently and fry a $3000 voltage controler and quit possibly shatter a $4000 gearbox. It would be the equivalent of hitting a brick wall.

gphawk89 8 years, 6 months ago


I agree with most of what you're saying. The technology to make a 100% regenerative braking system work is not here yet - and may never be. But - if it was - just because you're using 100% regenerative braking instead of traditional friction doesn't mean that stopping the car would have to be a violent thing. The controller could just be tied to the pressure on the brake pedal. A little pressure on the pedal would slowly recharge the battery and gradually slow the car down. A lot of pressure on the pedal would quickly recharge the battery and quickly stop the car (and yes, burn up today's motors, electronics, and batteries).

And yes, I'm talking about achieving perpetual motion - or at least getting as close to that as possible. That's the whole idea - conservation of energy. We'll never get to 100% because of wind resistance, friction of all kinds, conductor losses, motor inefficiencies, etc., but why not try to get as close as possible? Continuing to rely on friction brakes is not trying.

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