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Hybrid, Diesel or Electric: What Would You Choose?

Posted in Diesel, EcoLust, Economy Cars, Electric Cars, Electric Vehicles, Featured, Other Rides, Rides by MrAngry | March 16th, 2011 | 10 Responses |

Hybrid Diesel or Electric

For the first time in quite awhile people are purchasing automobiles based on fuel economy more than emotion. They’re shopping with their brains more then their hearts, which means that the performance based automobile may be looking at a tough road ahead. 550 hp cars are wonderful things and as journalist we’re pre-programmed to like them because let’s face it, they make our jobs fun. However when it comes time to filling their fuel tanks our love for them tends to diminish. The new Cadillac CTS-V line for example is one of our favorites, but the thought of putting $65.00 worth of fuel in those suckers every 225 miles is simply not appealing. Don’t get me wrong, I’d buy one in less than a heartbeat if I could, but I’d also have to have something fuel efficient parked next to it in the driveway. The question though is which type of fuel efficient car should you purchase.

Hybrid, Diesel or Electric Car

Hybrids, turbo diesels, small displacement turbo petrol engines and electric cars all have their pro’s and con’s, but in the end there is actually a fair amount of research that needs to be done before pulling the trigger. Hybrids for example offer great fuel economy by combining electric drive with small gas engines, however they’re about as exciting to look as a pair of old people power walkers (think Toyota Prius). Small displacement turbo engines offer great fuel economy and come in some nice wrappers, i.e. Chevrolet Cruze, but they lack any sort of real grunt and with full electric vehicles you’ll be constantly suffering from range anxiety.

Hybrid, Diesel or Electric Car

Personally, I’m a big fan of turbo diesels. Cars like the BMW 335d and Volkswagen Jetta TDI are clean burning, offer great fuel economy and have power and torque to spare. Sure they may be a bit pricier, but in the end I think they offer the best compromise between performance, style and economy.

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10 Responses

  1. Nephilim says:

    Turbo diesel without a doubt. The technology has been around forever and is rock-solid reliable. Vehicles with batteries are for folks who like to kid themselves that they’re supposedly helping the environment.

  2. Taylor says:

    !!!DIESEL!!!

    Hybrids and electrics are an evil that must be exorcised from the automotive landscape!

    Drove a hybrid rental car once for about a week. There was nothing fun or natural about it.

  3. Munich Man* says:

    335d E90 is no joke …. German engineering that includes 265hp with 36hmpg —
    What else is there to ask for… oh yeah, how about making it with a manual tranny–autotragic is a sin in this ride.

  4. nova15 says:

    Definitely the diesel. Check out the following article and you will see that one of the few reasonable hybrids is the Camry hybrid (which I wouldn’t be caught dead in)…everything else would require much higher gas prices to offset the premium for the hybrid technology.

    http://editorial.autos.msn.com/blogs/autosblogpost.aspx?post=dd317494-418f-40f7-9e91-e5ffc6b54496

  5. Out of the choices you listed I would definitely pick the Beemer Turbo just because it’s a BMW and I love their cars. If I couldn’t have the BMW then I would get pick either the Prius or the Chevy Volt. Nissan Leaf I would not pick because I cannot drive a car with such a limited range; it’s just not practical.

  6. BigRuss says:

    i would buy a Diesel Hybrid… why because if you look at the transportation industry CSX trains move 100 miles on a SINGLE gallon of diesel… but before i buy one of them id just take a VW TDI any model… preferably the suv that no one can say or spell its name with out looking at it…

  7. Pozz says:

    Turbo diesel…
    just like Nephilim said

  8. J D Stadler says:

    In my price range? Golf TDI, baby! If I had a bit more to spend, I’d be all over the Infiniti M35h. Sure, it’s not THE most fuel efficient of hybrids but it’s FUN. If I’m going hybrid I’m going to enjoy driving it, dammit.

  9. nospaces says:

    turbo diesel has no down side, they can go like stink, for many many miles, and the 3 series isn’t to bad to look at.