A Peek Into 2007 Hybrid Vehicles

Hybrid vehicles have become more popular in the past few years, as drivers are constantly trying to find ways to save on gas costs.
Pump prices have rocketed especially after the Iraq war in 2003, as the flow of oil supplies was disrupted. Ever since that year, gas remains expensive and continues to rise due to market turbulence, high demand and conflicts in the Middle East.

Is 2007 the year to jump on the bandwagon for hybrid vehicles? Consider that using hybrid technology will be more expensive compared to purchasing a standard vehicle. Some of the top vehicle makers have already released an impressive line of hybrid vehicles for 2007 that will likely make car buyers scamper to showrooms similar to bored wives going to a mall sale.

The 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Updated for 2007, the Toyota Camry Hybrid is a 4-door sedan that can carry 5 passengers. This hybrid vehicle is powered by a standard I4, 2.4-liter hybrid engine boasting of 192-horspeower. This hybrid vehicle achieves 43-mpg in city driving and 37-mpg on highway drives. The Camry has automatic transmission and overdrive is standard.

Initial Impressions

The 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid has been lauded for its impressive interior and consumption. However, many users have complained that consumption struggles to achieve as what is advertised by the company. Some even say that this vehicle only achieves 34mpg maximum.

Toyota has pulled out all the stops for this hybrid vehicle but it comes with a price, and expensive at that. Sold at an average of $29,000 in showrooms across the US. This vehicle is a nice option for those that do not want to scrimp on luxury but save on gas.

2007 Ford Escape Hybrid

A hit vehicle in 2006 that just got better for 2007. The 2007 Ford Escape is a 4-door sport-utility vehicle that can carry a maximum of five passengers. This hybrid vehicle comes in two trims, the 4WD and FWD.

This SUV hybrid is powered by a I4, 2.3-liter, 155-horsepower engine. Can achieve 36-mpg in city driving and 31-mpg in highway driving. Both trims come with transmission is variable speed automatic.

Initial impressions

A favorite among vehicle critics, the 2007 Ford Escape Hybrid for its Interior Space, Fuel Economy, GPS, and Comfort. Fuel Economy is outstanding and most consumers supposedly achieve 35 mpg, which is just below the advertised 36 mpg. However, attaining this type of performance will rely on the skills and behavior of the driver. 2007 might be the year Ford reclaims its dominance in the SUV market with the new Ford Escape.

2007 Mercury Mariner Hybrid

Looking to extend its great run in 2006, Mercury has updated the Mariner Hybrid for 2007. This vehicle only comes in one trim, the 4WD. This hybrid vehicle is powered by an I4, 2.3-liter, 133-horsepower hybrid engine. This vehicle can achieve 33-mpg in city driving and 29-mpg if cruising on the highway.

2007 Lexus GS 450h

All-new for 2007, the Lexus GS 450h is the hybrid that will propel the company in the new year. This hybrid vehicle is a 4-door luxury sedan and comes only in one trim, the Sedan.

The 450h is powered by a standard V6, 3.5-liter, V6, 339-horsepower hybrid engine. This hybrid vehicle can achieve 28-mpg in city driving and 28-mpg when cruising on the highway.

Initial impressions

The 2007 Lexus GS 450h has been lauded for having the best interiors around. Gas mileage is supposedly revolutionary and performance is comparable to the BMW M3.

New York – New Jersey – Pennsylvania – Maryland – Virginia

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Driving US 1 through New York City won’t take much of
your gas, but it might take a great deal of time in
the City’s stop and go traffic.

You will only be in New York for about twenty miles;
as soon as you cross the Hudson River on the George
Washington Bridge, you are in New Jersey.

You should have spectacular views of New York City
from the George Washington Bridge as well as from Fort
Lee, New Jersey.

US 1 joins US 9 in Ft. Lee through Newark and
Elizabeth, before separating in Iselin, where US 1
goes straight south, and inland, to New Brunswick and
down to Trenton. After crossing the Pennsylvania
River, you are in Morrisville, Pennsylvania.

US 1 continues south through many miles of
Pennsylvania to Maryland, bypassing Delaware by only a
few miles. US Route 1 goes right through Baltimore and
leads right into Washington D.C., very close to the
Capital Building.

If you don’t like interstate driving, this would be a
good alternative to get into the City. As you cross
the Potomac River in Washington, you will come into
Arlington, Virginia.

Staying parallel to I-95, US Route 1 will take you
through Fredericksburg and Richmond, before splitting
off to parallel I-85 in Petersburg to the border of
North Carolina.

If you’d like to take a spectacular side trip, take
I-64 from Richmond out to Norfolk and Newport News.
Virginia Beach offers spectacular beaches and the
Chesapeake Bay Bridge can be exciting for its length
and that there is a tunnel as well as a bridge.