However, you couldn’t get a hybrid vehicle that would fit more than 4 people comfortably. Later, automakers started branching out. They started working on SUVs and other large vehicles. These vehicles allowed up to 6 or even 8 people to sit comfortably. Additionally, the gas mileage of these vehicles was much better than that offered by traditional SUVs.
Finding A 6 Passenger Hybrid
If you do a simple search for a 6 passenger hybrid vehicle, it can be difficult to find recent information. Much of the information online is from 2006 and earlier. This doesn’t mean that there isn’t any recent information, or that 6 passenger hybrid vehicles do not exist. Instead, you have to go to the websites that offer the best vehicle information to find a comprehensive list of 6 passenger hybrid vehicles.
One of the first websites you should visit when you’re looking for automotive information is the Cars.com™ website at http://www.cars.com. This website includes reviews and information about all the vehicles available in the United States. Included in these vehicles are the newest hybrid vehicles. Additionally, if you’re looking for a used car, they have information on older vehicles as well.
Another website you should visit when you’re looking for automotive information is the Edmunds.com website at http://www.edmunds.com. This website offers more than a simple list of the various vehicles available. They’ve also test driven almost all the vehicles on the market and have reviews of the various vehicles. These reviews can help you decide if you’d like to get more information on a specific vehicle, or if you’d rather pass it up for another vehicle later. In addition to the reviews from the auto experts that work at Edmunds.com, there is an option for current owners to leave a review of the individual cars they drive. In this way, you can get more information from someone that’s put the vehicle through everyday use. It’s possible that they have found an issue that wasn’t readily apparent to the Edmunds.com reviewers.
The third website you should visit when you’re looking for automotive information is the car tech reviews at cnet®. Unlike the reviewers at Edmunds, the test drivers at cnet® test drive the vehicles in real world conditions. Instead of driving on a test track, they will drive through traffic and use winding roads to test the steering and suspension on a vehicle. You can visit the cnet® website at http://reviews.cnet.com/car-tech/?tag=TOCleftColumn.0 to get more information on the different vehicles that the cnet® reviewers have test driven. Additionally, like the Edmunds.com website, you will find vehicle reviews from other owners, allowing you to have more information on the various vehicles that you’re interested in.
The Top 6 Passenger Hybrids
There are larger hybrid SUVs, allowing you to purchase a vehicle that seats seven or eight people. Including these larger vehicles in a list of 6 passenger hybrid vehicles gives you more choices. Additionally, some of the larger vehicles get better fuel economy than the smaller vehicles. Even if you were originally looking at 6 passenger hybrid vehicles, you may want to check out the 7 or 8 passenger vehicles as well.
You might consider the Volkswagen Tuareg or the Chevrolet Malibu if you are waiting until later this year to purchase your hybrid vehicles. Both hybrid vehicles will be released for the 2011 model year. Additionally, Buick is releasing a yet to be named crossover SUV for the 2011 model year. These three choices give you a number of different style options for your hybrid passenger vehicle.
If you are interested in a larger vehicle, you might consider the Toyota Highlander Hybrid. This vehicle gets approximately 26 miles per gallon, which is a respectable amount for an SUV, but rather low for a hybrid vehicle. Additionally, the Highlander has a button that tells the vehicle to run using only the electric motor for short distances.
If you’d prefer a domestic hybrid vehicle, the Ford Escape and its twin the Mercury Mariner, as well as the Mazda Tribute, all get a bit better fuel economy than the Highlander at 30 mpg. However, the cabin on these vehicles seems a bit noisier when the vehicle is accelerating. Unfortunately, the hybrid drive train makes this vehicle seem sluggish, which may or may not be a problem if you’re planning on doing much freeway driving.
The Chevrolet® Tahoe and the GMC® Yukon only get an estimated average of 20 miles per gallon. Since this is much lower than many of the other hybrid vehicles, you might be tempted not to consider these vehicles. However, if you must have a truck, these vehicles give you the towing capacity of a truck with better fuel economy.
Cautions With 6 Passenger Hybrids
It may seem like you’re doing a lot of good by going green with your vehicle. However, there are some things to keep in mind. Even if you’re going to be transporting a large number of people, there are crossover SUVs that seat up to 6 people and get comparable fuel economy with the hybrid vehicles listed above. You should be sure that you’re not paying several thousand dollars extra just because you want to drive a hybrid vehicle. You should be sure that the extra cost will pay for itself in the long run.
Another thing you should consider is the cost of gas. Since gas prices have decreased from their all-time high several years ago, there are fewer reasons to purchase a hybrid vehicle. You should calculate your fuel savings over the course of a year and figure out how long it will take for you to pay off the price difference between the hybrid vehicle you’re considering and a gasoline powered version of the same or a similar vehicle. At that point, you should seriously consider why you’re interested in a hybrid vehicle.