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Hybrid Showdown: 2017’s Most Promising Hybrid Vehicles

With a hybrid car, you can save money on fuel and help the environment by reducing harmful emissions. State and federal tax incentives help make hybrids affordable, and many cities let you drive in special carpool lanes. Hybrids also are much quieter than gas-powered cars. Here are some of 2017’s most promising hybrid vehicles.

The Kia Niro

This new vehicle is Kia’s first hybrid car and, according to the carmaker, it will achieve 50 mile per gallon. The 2017 Niro is a subcompact crossover with a roomy interior. It’s between the Kia Soul and the Kia Sportage in size, and Kia calls it an HUV, or hybrid utility vehicle.

The Niro was designed specifically for a gasoline-electric engine, and it’s made of 53 percent high-strength steel with reinforcements in key areas. To save weight, engineers used aluminum for the hood, the tailgate, and several suspension elements.

Other features include acoustic glass and contoured side mirrors to minimize wind noise and an exhaust-heat recovery system. Engines are more efficient when they’re warm, so the Niro routes coolant through a heat exchanger in the exhaust system.

Its regenerative braking system gives drivers consistent deceleration and increased fuel economy, and Kia’s Eco-DAS, or Driver Assistance System, includes a Coasting Guide and Predictive Energy Control. This increases mileage by telling drivers when to coast or brake, and it’s the first system that can adjust for uphill or downhill roads.

The new UVO3 infotainment system has a 7-inch touchscreen, plenty of music storage, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and more.

The Toyota Prius Prime

The 2017 Prius Prime has a larger battery pack than the standard Prius, and you can charge it from any wall outlet or electric car charging station. With its upgraded battery capacity, you can drive in electric-only mode for 22 miles, and you’ll get over 50 mpg with gasoline.

The Prime also has horizontal headlights (instead of the vertical lights on other Prius versions), adaptive cruise control, and a tablet-style infotainment and navigation display.

The Hyundai Ioniq

With the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq, American buyers will get to choose an electric vehicle, a conventional hybrid, or a plug-in hybrid, or a battery electric version of the same model. The plug-in hybrid’s battery pack provides more than 25 miles of all-electric driving before the gasoline engine kicks in, and the electric version will have a range of about 110 miles per charge.

All three versions have front-wheel drive, a sophisticated multi-link suspension, a 7-inch screen in the dashboard, wireless charging for smartphones, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto device integration. The rear seats also fold down for extra cargo space.

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  • Posted by agency-it
  • On December 27, 2016

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