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2010 Hybrid SUVs Have Something For Everyone

Hybrid SUVThere is no doubt that there are more choices, than ever, from which to choose if you are looking to buy a hybrid SUV in 2010. This, along with the new hybrid technology, is certain to make these hybrids some of the most popular models ever.

Leading the list of the least expensive of these models is the Saturn Vue Hybrid. It has one of the smallest engines, 2.4 liters 4-cylinders, and also offers the lowest fuel economy with 25 mpg in the city; 32 mpg on the highway. The Saturn offers the largest gas tank capacity with 18.3 gallons. The SUV comfortably seats five people. If your family does a lot of towing this SUV is capable of pulling up to 1500 pounds.

Another of the less expensive SUV hybrids is the Ford Escape. It offers a 2.5 liter 4-cylinder engine. It can also seat five passengers. Although it is more powerful than the Saturn it offers the best fuel economy with 31 mpg on the highway and 34 mpg in town. The 4-wheel drive gets 27 mpg on the highway and 29 mpg in town. The Escape also offers a limited edition featuring chrome and leather for an additional $2000.

The 2.5 liter 4-cylinder engine in the Mercury Mariner hybrid shares the same great fuel efficiency offered by the Ford Escape. It offers a 17-gallon gas tank. It also holds five people inside. It is available in both a 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive model. It offers the industry standard warranty of 3-years or 30,000 miles.

The Toyota Highlander Hybrid offers a larger, 3.3 liter 6-cylinder engine that can carry seven people inside. It can get 25 mpg on the freeway and 27 mpg in the city. The tank holds 17.2 gallons of gasoline. The 4-wheel drive model is capable of towing up to 3500 pounds. Like the Escape, if you pay an additional $2000 you will have a leather interior with heated front seats, a satellite radio along with a 6-disc in-dash CD changer and other features.

The last hybrid SUV, in this class, is the Lexus RX. This luxurious SUV offers a 3.5 liters 6-cylinder engine and it still gets good mileage with 32 mpg in the city and 28 mph on the freeway. It is available in both a 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive. It offers a bumper to bumper 4 year/50000 miles warranty – of the five least expensive hybrid SUV’s it offers the best warranty.

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Do Motorcycles Pollute More Than SUVs?

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Recently there was a post in the The-Grayline.com automotive forum stating that motorcycles pollute more than trucks and SUVs.  The thread starter claims that the typical motorcycle will emit 10 times more pollutants compared to a passenver car, light truck, or SUV.  Personally, I find it hard to believe, but is there any truth to the inefficiency of motorcycles.

California has already taken steps to to make sure all motorcycles on the road are meeting or exceeding emission standards.  However, these standards are different than passenger vehicles and may reflect a lower requirement.  In February of 2009 California issued legislature to require maintenance and smog check checks every year for motorcycles.

An argument more fitting to the emissions of motorcycles is, don’t we have bigger fish to fry?  I mean, motorcycles are typically driven only a few months out of the year, compared to passenger cars that are driven year round.  So, focusing on such a small percentage of the actual problem shouldn’t we work on broader strokes?  Even more to the point, if it’s a single person getting from A-B isn’t it more efficient to drive a motorcycle than a 4 passenger vehicle?