Retire your guzzler in Tampa Bay … new, 2010-2011, gas saving cars. They come in many different shapes, sizes, and models. The competition to create interest in better fuel mileage, through alternate energy sources, continues to bring new innovation to the marketplace. New forms of propulsion are right on the horizon. The next few years will see some very exciting changes for consideration. This article will look at the new offerings coming to market. Beyond just the propulsion, there are other considerations. You may also be interested in a head to head comparison of two favorites, Insight and Prius, to see of they either of them might fill the bill.
There have been some dramatic new offerings already here or just around the corner. The Ford Fusion is handsome hybrid winning awards. The reformed General Motors has the 2011 electric propelled Volt ready for launch. Motor Trend Magazine lists 27 new hybrids for 2010. Besides the models already available in the market, Mercedes Benz will offer 2 new ones, Lexus has 4, and the Mazda2 was just introduced. All these vehicles get better gas mileage. Now, there may be no reason to compromise driving fun and excitement should one of these hybrid cars meet your needs. New choices continue to be introduced. BMW will introduce their Hybrid 7 this spring for upscale buyers.
The 2010 “car of the year” chosen by Motor Trend Magazine is the Ford Fusion Hybrid. This is a very smart choice for families ($19,000- $26,000), business use, and all around driving comfort. Easy to park, great on gas mileage and very stylish to look at, make the 2010 Ford Fusion a head turner. Luxury car buyers will find the Lexus HS250H suitable in meeting their upscale desires. The best selling Lexus RX450 now comes in a hybrid model. Lexus of Tampa Bay will be happy to introduce you to this vehicle with a test drive and pricing information that starts around $42,000. If you are looking for other SUV’s, you have choices like the Chevy Tahoe, popular Toyota Highlander, the Cadillac Escalade , as well as the very successful Ford Escape. There are number of alternatives in between these as well. If you want to bypass the hype, head to head suv comparisons are available. Edmunds hybrid center has great information and price points for all the hybrid selections available.
Engine technology is moving ahead rapidly. The old, black smoke belching, noisy, and hard to start diesel engine has been replaced. The new diesel is efficient, quiet, and has special filters to make it less polluting than a gasoline engine. High-pressure direct fuel injection, special exhaust emission systems, and great reliability are all reasons the diesel is making a big comeback in automobiles. The hybrid is a combination of an gasoline and electric motor. The diesel is not considered a hybrid under this definition.
However, in many cases, the diesel outperforms the hybrid, with less expense, and greater reliability. You certainly need to put a diesel consideration in your list of choices. A good case is made about the considerations between a hybrid and a diesel based on driving habits. Making the right choice is important to your driving satisfaction. Recently, the Jetta TDI was named “green car of the year” showing that diesels are ready, willing, and capable of helping you drive a more environmentally responsible car.
There are a number of large automobile groups to serve many different tastes. Courtesy, along with Lokey and Crown enjoy good reputations throughout the market. Ferman and Fitzgerald are well respected as well. There are many smaller, independent dealers who offer great pricing, service and value. The critical component in buying a new, or used car, is to feel you made a good deal, and the dealer will service you well during the life of the vehicle. Good service is important, In 2007, over $150 billion was spent on automobile service. It is also important to look for a sales person who will listen to your needs, answer your questions, and direct you to a vehicle that fits both your price points, and your driving style. As a means to making a better decision, stay unemotional and practical, carefully avoiding sales persuasion to nonessential and costly upgrades. It is always a good rule to visit a dealer a few times before making a purchase, allowing yourself time to reflect on the decision you are about to make. The internet is a great resource in making sure you are getting a good deal. Search out your choices, prices, and features, before heading off to the show room. Asking for the “internet price” from a dealer’s web site can save you hundreds of dollars. You may also want to line up your financing ahead of time so you can negotiate just like a cash buyer. No matter how you approach it, you may want to consider “greening up your driving” as you retire your guzzler in Tampa Bay… new, 2010-2011, gas saving cars.