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Posted by: mcthiel on Oct-22-12 1:59 AM (EST)
I never said that hybrids COULDN'T do it, just that they will struggle more than a diesel or other gas powered engines. Hybrids get their efficiency in the city (as COMMUTER vehicles) by charging their batteries when you coast or brake. On the highway they rely almost exclusively on the gas engine to keep them going and will draw on the electric motors when needed (ie, on a hill or when you smash it to merge). As a result, the gas engine has less power and torque than a conventional engine in favor of fuel efficiency. Now, get on the highway and take away this constant charge/discharge that you get in town and load an extra 600-700+ lbs of load and strap two wind-breaks to the roof and suddenly that little engine is working for all it's worth. Yes, it will get you there, but no, it will not be happy doing it.
I'm not saying that hybrids are the worst and to avoid them at all costs, but if the majority of your driving is on highways and involves being loaded with more than just you and maybe 1 or 2 friends, perhaps they are not for you. If on the other hand you do most of your driving in the city and just want to be able to move a heavy load and 2 boats a couple of times a year, than any car will do and a hybrid is a fine choice. Just expect it to be noticeably less efficient and struggle more than what you are used to compared with driving it around town (what they were meant for).