Green Right Now Reports

Once the hybrid auto shopper debated between the Prius and the Civic.

Today there’s a hybrid for everyone from your spitfire teenage daughter (keep her down to earth with a Civic) to your boat-pulling, SUV-loving family fisherman (dare we say Tahoe?) to the mom who’s still carting a crowd to soccer games (let the good times roll in a Highlander).

Honda Insight

Honda Insight

Surveying the hybrid sedans, SUVs and compacts on the market for 2010, the auto analysts at AutoTrader.com, reviewed what consumers were looking for most frequently on their online auto classifieds site and came up with this list of “top 10 most searched-for hybrids”:

  1. Toyota Prius II
  2. Toyota Camry
  3. Ford Fusion Hybrid
  4. Honda Insight EX
  5. Lexus HS 250h
  6. Toyota Highlander Limited with 3rd Row
  7. Ford Escape Hybrid FWD
  8. Honda Civic
  9. Ford Escape Hybrid 4WD
  10. Lexus RX 450h AWD

Number one, no surprise, is the highest mileage hybrid on the market, the pioneering Toyota Prius, now rated at over 50 mpg in the city.

But note that the Ford Escape, a darling of a mini-SUV appears on the list twice, in front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive versions.

The rest of the list is diverse. And with the Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion and Lexus HS 250h occupying top spots, one might conclude that America is looking for a roomier hybrid, a family car, even — when they’re not looking for a Prius or Honda’s answer to the Prius, the Insight.

“In the past, the selection of eco-friendly cars was limited, forcing consumers to choose from a handful of options,” said Shawn Tucker, auto analyst at AutoTrader.com.

“Today, manufacturers are catering to everyone, and the definition of eco-friendly vehicles are changing. Consumers who want to help reduce their carbon footprints need to educate themselves on the wide array of vehicles available, and keep up with evolving green car trends, which will help them save money and stay informed when searching for an eco-friendly vehicle of their own.