Toyota Prius 2013
Since the debut of the second-generation Toyota Prius in 2003, the gas-electric hybrid has risen from a niche product to become Toyota’s third-best-selling model in the United States. The car inspires a devotion from its drivers. Satisfaction rates, consistently at about 98 percent..
First rolled out in the United States in 2000, the Prius is now among the 10 top-selling cars there and will soon be built at Toyota's new plant in Blue Springs, Miss.
A 30% increase in U. S. retail gasoline prices over the past year will push both vehicles on to buyer lists, said George Magliano, analyst at Global Insight in New York City. "Small cars, hybrids, anything that saves you on gasoline is going to sell well. And Honda's got the cachet."
3rd Generation Hybrid Synergy Drive
3rd Generation Hybrid Synergy Drive - Prius is the only Hybrid on the road to boast a third generation system. Cleaner, more powerful and more fuel efficient than the 1st and 2nd generations, made possible by a series of technological advances to Toyota's revolutionary Hybrid Synergy Drive.
The 3rd generation Hybrid Synergy Drive is completely beltless—even boasting an Electric Water Pump. The benefits: a reduction in mechanical energy loss and lower maintenance costs than traditional belted engines.
Exhaust Heat Recirculation
Tailor-made for the Canadian climate. The system transfers heat from the exhaust to the engine coolant, which in turn warms the engine oil — improving start-up efficiency and fuel efficiency in winter conditions by allowing the gas engine to shut off more frequently and for longer periods of time.
Exhaust Gas Recirculation
Returning a portion of the unburnt gases back into the combustion chamber helps Prius improve both fuel efficiency and environmental performance.
See Toyota's list of Prius option packages.
Ford Fusion Hybrid 2013
If you're driving a Ford Fusion, the numbers tell the story, with up to 47 miles per gallon in the city, on the highway, or with a combination of both.* Delivering tight and lively performance, Fusion Hybrid starts from a complete stop and can travel under light to normal acceleration up to 62 miles per hour on electric power alone… with no fuel used.
Working in Unison
The gas engine and electric motor combine to deliver a maximum 188 net horsepower
· Travel under light to normal acceleration up to 62 miles per hour on electric power alone
· Gas engine kicks in extra power when needed, such as when passing or merging
It's getting awards because the vehicle sets a new record in hybrid technology with it's seamless and sophisticated hybrid powertrain.
Located in back of Fusion Hybrid
· Innovative lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery
· Powers permanent-magnet electric motor
Regenerative Braking System
Captures over 90% of energy lost through heat during braking
· Recycles energy to recharge hybrid battery
· Helps minimize wear on brake pads, to help lower maintenance cost
eCVT Automatic Transmission
Electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (eCVT)
· Designed to provide seamless, gearless shifting
· Compensates for changing vehicle speeds, keeping engine at level of peak efficiency
See Fords's list of Fusion's option packages.
Honda Insight Hybrid 2013
With countless technological innovations and legendary, race-inspired engines, Honda has always roared ahead of the curve.
Every Insight features a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Similar to an automatic transmission, CVT is an advanced transmission that substitutes the gears found in more traditional transmissions and replaces them with a metal push-belt running between a pair of variable-width pulleys. Combined with the Drive-by-Wire throttle system, the CVT constantly adjusts to provide the most efficient drive ratio possible depending on torque load. Honda's CVT provides better fuel economy and acceleration when compared to a conventional transmission.
The Insight comes equipped with fuel-efficiency enhancement technology called Eco Assist™. Push the dash-mounted ECON button to modify various vehicle systems, minimize energy use and increase fuel efficiency. A sophisticated feedback system uses ambient color behind the speedometer to indicate how efficiently you're driving. An Eco Display provides feedback on braking and acceleration. Plus, Eco Score provides ongoing support.
Integrated Motor Assist IMA
The IMA® electric motor works in conjunction with the gasoline engine, and supplies additional power and torque in assist mode. The motor's ultra-thin design allows it to be mounted between the engine and the transmission. The motor also functions as the generator for the IMA® system during deceleration, and as a starter, quickly spinning the engine up to idle speed.
See Honda's list of Insight's option packages.