The Detroit Auto Show was touting so many Hybrids I thought I would mention some petrol -powered cars with plenty of fuel economy now and on the horizon.
The Pontiac Vibe is ideal for commuters in need of some passenger and cargo space or as a family vehicle, this 5 passenger vehicle also includes a few important safety features such as driver and front passenger airbags and seatbelt pretensioners that automatically secure seat belts in the best position to keep passengers as protected as possible should a collision occur. Optional safety equipment includes side curtain airbags, front seat side airbags, stability control and anti-lock brakes, all of which typically are included as standard equipment on the Vibe's top competitors.
The Pontiac Vibe is powered by a 1.8 liter, 4 cylinder
engine that produces 126 horsepower and is paired with a 5-speed manual
or optional 4-speed automatic transmission. Although not impressively
fast, acceleration is adequate and gas mileage is excellent with
averages rated at 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.
The standard warranty is 3 years/36,000 miles for the entire vehicle and 5 years/100,000 miles for specified major powertrain components.
Estimated Market Price: $16,465
Offered as a five-door hatchback or four-door sedan, the Nissan Versa boasts a surprisingly roomy interior and plenty of cargo space.
Due to its deceptively large cabin, the EPA actually classifies the Versa as a midsize car. That should give you an idea of Versa's roominess. While mentioning EPA classification, how could I not mention city/highway fuel economy? Versa, rated at 27/33 mpg with an automatic CVT or 26/31 mpg with a six-speed manual, is the highest rated non-hybrid in its class for 2008.
Versa hatchbacks and sedans are available in two trim levels: S or SL. The Versa S (starting at $12,630 for sedan and $12,730 for hatchback) includes niceties like air conditioning, tilt steering wheel, CD stereo, power mirrors, and a split folding rear seat.
The Versa SL (starting at $14,630 for sedan and $14,730 for hatchback) adds alloy wheels, keyless entry, power windows and locks, upgraded audio system with auxiliary jack for MP3 players, upgraded seat fabric, cruise control and more.
Estimate Price: $14,697.58
After 10 years without a subcompact model below its Focus model, Ford is getting ready to bring its hot, sporty small cars to the United States after having success with them in Europe for years.
The Ford Verve concept was unveiled last week at the show, offering a vision of what is to come for Ford's small cars. It's not as glamorous as the F-150 or the Mustang, but this car has a slick design that looks good and has an unmistakable Ford flair. If the production version looks this good, U.S. buyers will have something to be excited about.
Ford calls the Verve a B-car, which means it’s smaller than the Focus. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean the car that arrives in 2010 will be a subcompact.