There's no doubt that the single biggest reason to choose a hybrid vehicle is to decrease fuel consumption, and that's true regardless of what class of vehicle you are considering. From the largest hulking SUVs to the smallest little Insight, hybrid purchasers are hoping to save big time money on their fuel bills. So, just how much is it possible to reasonably expect to save?
The answer lies in the word "reasonably." There are some that just want to drive their cars the same way as they always have and be rewarded with good efficiency. Others, sometimes known as hypermilers, are willing to go to extremes to minimize fuel consumption. So, the question is: Just how low can you go?
How about 85 mpg from a new Lexus HS 250h? That's the figure that Clark Heideger from Lexus Magazine managed to coax from Lexus' new luxury fuel sipper. But don't expect that result to be easily repeatable. As Heideger himself says, "My tests were about as scientific as an episode of Scooby Doo." Still, if you want to know how he did it, click here for the whole story. Thanks for the tip, Renan!