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Posted by on Mar.31, 2012, under Hybrids Comments Off on GMC SIERRA 1500 HYBRID


The 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid ranks 9 out of 10 Full Size Pickup Trucks. This ranking is based on our analysis of 26 published reviews and test drives of the GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid, and our analysis of reliability and safety data.

The 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid isn’t the most cost-effective choice in its class, but it’s tied with the Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid as the most fuel-efficient pickup truck available.

Reviewers’ biggest gripe about the GMC Sierra Hybrid is that it’s not a great value for a pickup truck. Its base price is almost twice that of the gas-only GMC Sierra 1500, and it doesn’t offer nearly as many standard features as other trucks in its price range. Not only is the Sierra Hybrid expensive, but test drivers dislike its regenerative brakes, which can feel mushy, and its maximum towing capacity is less than a similarly-equipped gas-only crew cab Sierra 1500.

However, these faults don’t keep reviewers from recommending the GMC Sierra Hybrid. Like other pickup trucks made by General Motors, it has a very smooth ride, and although its acceleration is somewhat unpredictable when the gas engine kicks in, it has plenty of power. Plus, the Sierra Hybrid’s upper-level trim is well-equipped with standard features, and in any trim level, test drivers say it is well-made.

If you’re shopping for a hybrid pickup truck, the GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid and its corporate twin, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid, are the only games in town. But if you’re looking for a good combination of value, capability and fuel economy, you’ll want to shop elsewhere.
Other Trucks to Consider

The Ford F-150 Ecoboost’s fuel economy ratings can’t match the Sierra Hybrid’s, but it gets good gas mileage compared with other models that offer a similar amount of power. Plus, the turbocharged Ecoboost engine is available on less-expensive trims of the F-150, so you don’t have to shell out extra money or sacrifice bed length in order to get it, the way you do for the Sierra Hybrid.

Shoppers looking for a good value should consider the Toyota Tundra. It’s not particularly luxurious on the inside, but buyers who need a capable work truck will appreciate the simple controls and easy-to-use electronics. However, the Tundra’s price is competitive with other trucks, and it adds a few more gadgets to its standard features list than other trucks do./rankingsandreviews.com

Subaru Hybrid Tourer

Posted by on Nov.03, 2011, under News (6,469) Comments

Photos of Subaru Hybrid Tourer: A few quality pictures Subaru Hybrid Tourer
Subaru rolled-out its Hybrid Tourer Concept this morning in Detroit and what a feast for the eyes it is. Featuring gullwing doors, an array of screens including one integrated into the steering wheel and a wide open interior facilitated by a flat floor design, the Hybrid Tourer first seen at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show is a showcase for the company’s planned development of a gas/electric hybrid system based on the boxer engine set to hit the market in 2012.

Subaru Hybrid Tourer
Subaru Hybrid Tourer
Subaru Hybrid Tourer
Subaru Hybrid Tourer

oxer engine set to hit the market in 2012.

The powertrain for the AWD Subaru Hybrid Tourer Concept Car is made up of a 2.0-liter horizontally-opposed direct fuel-injection turbo gasoline engine and two electric motors – one in the front and another in the rear – married to Subaru’s Lineartronic (CVT). The electric motors add 27 HP in the front and 13 HP in the rear.

The rear motor, which can be used without engaging the gasoline engine, is used for low speed maneuvers like parking while the front engine is used during normal driving. Under full acceleration the rear electric motor is also employed to maximize power. To further reduce reliance on the gasoline engine, a stop/start system is included which shuts down the engine when the car isn’t moving.

Other notable features include four independent seats, tiny rear facing cameras replacing the mirrors and new high-performance lithium batteries powering the electric motors. There’s no firm details on speed or range capabilities as yet, but looking around the showfloor in Detroit, we think this one is up there with Audi’s e-tron offering in terms of pure beauty.