The Green Living Guy

Phoenix used car dealers have undoubtedly seen a surge in customers looking for pre-owned hybrid vehicles. The Nissan LEAF, Toyota Prius and Hyundai Sonata are all hybrid or all-electric vehicles that tend to get exceptional gas mileage. As a result, many budget-conscious shoppers who are trying to reduce fuel costs have opted to purchase one of these vehicles. Hybrid vehicles are also sure to be a hit with attendees at this year’s 2013 Motor Trends Auto Show, which will be held in late November at the Phoenix Convention Center.

Survey Says…

As an article on AutoBuying101 notes, overall, hybrid vehicles are gaining in popularity. According to some polling groups, the article said, this interest spans a variety of age groups, especially those between the ages of 18 and 35. Thirty-two percent of this demographic group showed “great interest” in hybrid vehicles, the AutoBuying101 article said. As a whole, 23 percent of those who were polled said they are more interested in hybrid-technology vehicles rather than in pure-electric or pure-gas vehicles. Further analysis of the statistics in the AutoBuying101 article show that men are more likely than women to report that they are giving hybrid vehicles more attention. In addition, 26 percent of respondents said they are “likely” to buy a hybrid vehicle and 9 percent said they are more likely to purchase an all-electric vehicle. The Nissan LEAF falls into this category.

Sparking Interest

When asked why they were interested in hybrid vehicles, the article reports that 55 percent of respondents said they were attracted to the idea of saving money on fuel costs. Eighteen percent said they hoped to lessen our country’s dependency on foreign oil, and 26 percent mentioned being concerned about the environment. Interestingly, the younger drivers were more likely to cite saving money as their key reasons for wanting a hybrid; while the older drivers mentioned the other two reasons. While it may be difficult for the younger drivers to afford a new-style hybrid or electric vehicle, there are still great options to save money. Young drivers in the market for a car can always find used cars at Midway Nissan and other dealerships with previously owned hybrids or gas vehicles. The younger generation may have to save up a little more money before buying a brand-new hybrid or electric vehicle.

Head of Class

As for what to expect in regards to hybrid vehicles as 2012 draws to a close, is predicting that four hybrids will be especially popular with buyers. In addition to the well-known Toyota Prius and Ford Fusion, the article states that the Chevrolet Malibu Eco has already earned excellent reviews from experts in the industry. “On the plus side, even the baseline model offers a decent level of cabin tech, so you will have a great ride without maybe saving as much on gas as some other rival models,” the article noted. Rounding out the top 4 list is the Infiniti M hybrid, which the article on noted helps prove that owning a hybrid vehicle does not have to mean that luxury takes a back seat.

“The Infiniti M35h aims to push the boundaries when it comes to expectations about cars that are primarily aimed at being good for the environment, and when you step inside the cabin and witness the wealth of driver assistance features before pulling away and realizing that they have not compromised on power either, the Infiniti is going to popular with a lot of executives.”

About The Author:

Allison Rodriguez Ally drove her first car when she was 8 years old, while sitting on her dad’s knee. She thought it was a fun game and still thinks that driving is fun, but it definitely isn’t a game.

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