Since its first production commercially in the 1990’s, the number of hybrid cars models had swollen into gargantuan volumes.
In 2004, some 80,000 hybrid vehicles (cars and trucks included) were sold, reaching a some 17 million USD in total sales, in the US alone. In 2005, about 200,000 hybrids cars, with different models, were sold. This singular sale represented the total of 1.2 percent of all cars sold in the US, in the same year. Some authorities believe that that by 2007, some 400,000 hybrid vehicles will be sold in the US.
The Toyota Prius, however, rules supreme over other hybrid car models. With 107,897 units sold for the year 2005, which represented 52% of the total hybrid market, Toyota Prius is currently unbeatable. The next most popular hybrid was the Honda Civic Hybrid, which sold over 25,000 vehicles.
Here’s a look at different models of hybrid cars
2005 Honda Civic Hybrid. This is a 4 door/5 seat sedan, with automatic or manual CVT for its transmission. MPG is 47city/ 48 hwy, while the range per fillup is 650 miles. Base on 2005 pricing, this model is worth $19,800 per unit in the US.
This model boasts of such features as full climate control, a Micron air filtration, and built with an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS). It has Cruise Control, Power windows, mirrors and door locks, together with AM/FM/CD audio system with 4 speakers.
2005 Honda Accord Hybrid. This one is4 door and 5 seat midsize sedan. Transmission is 5-speed automatic, while the mileage (mpg) is 29 city/ 37 hwy. Range per fillup is 600 miles (1000 km). Based on the 2005 Base Retail Price, this car worth $30,000 in the US.
This hybrid car model’s notable features are its unique hybrid air-conditioning system, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Grade logic control, a Driver’s seat with 8-way power adjustment, and a Satellite-linked navigation system. The last feature, though, is optional for the owner.
Another hybrid car model from Honda that made it to the list is its 2005 Insight. It has 3 doors and two seat coupe. Transmission is CVT automatic or 5-speed manual. Mileage (mpg) is 60 city/ 70 hwy (3.2L/100km), while its range per fillup is 600 miles (1000 km).
Retail price is pegged at 2003 Price: $19,080 – $21,280 in the US.
In terms of features, this hybrid car model has full climate control, a CFC-Free Air Conditioning, with Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), and an Electronic instrument display. It also has a tachometer, power windows and mirrors; door locks; and AM/FM Stereo/Cassette System.
2005 Toyota Prius. Of course, the first among the hybrid car models to successfully reached the US market is included among the best. This one is 4 door and a 5 seat sedan with a liftback. Transmission is CVT automatic, while mileage (mpg) is 60 city/ 51 hwy. range per fillup is 566 miles. Based on the 2005 Base Retail Price, this model is $20,875 per unit, in the US.
This one has a full climate control, a CFC-Free Air Conditioning and an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS). Also comes with central instrument display, LCD energy monitor, power windows and mirrors, door locks with deluxe AM/FM ETR/Cassette with 4 speakers.
2005 Ford Escape Hybrid. The Ford answer with Japanese cars is this 4 door/5 seat SUV unit. Transmission is CVT automatic with a mileage (city/hwy) of 2wd 31/36 | 4wd 29/33. Range per fillup is 400 to 600 miles. It has manual Air Conditioning, with Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), a roof rack with 2 horizontal bars and also comes with power windows and mirrors, door locks, and AM/FM stereo with 6-disc in-dash CD system. The price based on 2005 $26,970
2006 Lexus RX 400h. This hybrid car model is a 4 door/5 seat SUV unit. Transmission is ECVT automatic, a 31city/ 27hwy mileage (mpg), and the range per fillup is 450 to 530 miles. The retail price is $48,500
This one has dual-zone automatic climate control, and an exclusive Lexus 8-speaker sound system, 6-disk CD, power tilt and slide moon roof, transceiver to operate garage doors, lights, and part-time all-wheel drive (AWD).
The 2005 hybrid car models include some of the best and ingenious ones. Car experts believe that other models in the future will just take their improvement from this most productive year in the history of hybrid cars.