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Oh snap: CR disses Chrysler, meh on Prius
Who gets the Dunce of Detroit hat? To quote from the magazine: “Many Chrysler vehicles rank at the bottom of our Ratings in their categories, and none currently meet our requirements for being recommended.”
The other interesting feature concerned a Toyota Prius they converted into a PHEV with a Hymotion L5 kit from A123 Systems (cost: $10,875) in order to see what kind of fuel efficiency they could achieve and whether the conversion was a money saver. Some results:
- A123 claimed the kit would give them 100 mpg, but at best they saw 87 mpg.
- They could drive an average of 35 miles on the battery alone, and managed 67 mpg overall during that time.
- Once the battery was dead, the car returned to being a normal Prius, except the conversion battery added enough weight to cut their mpg from 42 to 40 overall.
- There was no realistic hope for the consumer to save the $11,000 in fuel costs necessary to break even, but they still found the technology "encouraging."
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