With gas prices climbing toward $4.00 per gallon, the push to save money at the pump is more urgent than ever. In recent years, the Toyota Camry and Highlander, Ford Escape and Fusion and even the Honda Civic have all dipped their toes into the hybrid pool, but the true king of MPGs among hybrids remains the Toyota Prius.
The 2011 and 2012 Prius’ have been known to reach fuel efficiency as high as 70 MPG. The Prius employs Toyota’s patented Hybrid Synergy Drive technology which uses your forward energy when coasting and the vehicle’s natural kinetic energy under braking to charge a battery powered motor that takes over in low power situations. When properly utilized, this balance of gas and electric gives the gas engine a break and considerably increases your fuel efficiency.
The 2012 Prius model line kicks fuel efficiency into overdrive with the advent of the new Prius Plug-in. The Prius Plug-in is set to debut in March 2012 in 15 states, including Vermont. It employs dedicated electric driving capability, allowing speeds up to 62 MPH for up to 11 miles. That means that with short distance driving and sufficient charging access, it is possible to operate on purely electric power and not burn a single drop of gas. And when you do go on longer trips where you’ll run out of electric power, the plug-in Prius switches seamlessly to hybrid power, giving you the same excellent gas mileage you’d expect from a Prius.
For a look at what makes the Prius unique, check out the video below, and then come in and check out our full selection of 2011 and 2012 Prius models for yourself!