From the outside of this Honda Civic there are no distinguishable differences. But look closer and you'll see this is not ordinary Civic. It's a hybrid.
General Manager of Gary Force Honda, Tim Kanaly says, "What it does, there's an electric motor that assists the gas motor and when the electric motor needs power, the gas motor engages."
Meaning you get more bang for your buck at the gas station. For instance, the Civic Hybrid gets 48 miles to the gallon. Whereas the Honda Pilot, a sports utility vehicle, gets only 17 miles to the gallon.
Kanaly says, "We've noticed some of the larger sport utilities have stated to drop in price because people are trading them in for more economical vehicles."
With rising gas prices, dealers that sell hybrid cars are having a hard time keeping the cars on the lot.
Kanaly says, "It's been really good. The cars are in high demand. We're lucky if we keep them at all. People have realized that more than likely gas prices will continue to rise."
The first noticeable difference in hybrid cars is how the car starts. The electric motor begins so there is no sound of the starter turning over the engine. Another noticeable difference is when the car is stopped at a stoplight the car turns itself off. The air conditioner and the radio will still operate but the car isn't using gas thereby saving its owner money. When the light turns green, step on the gas and the car starts again.