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The Fisker Karma is the sportiest, priciest electric car out there-costing more than 100-thousand dollars. A number of celebrities own one.
Consumer Reports put this unique electric vehicle through its paces to find out what 100-thousand dollars will get you.
Justin Bieber made a splash on his 18th birthday when he received a stylish new Fisker Karma from his manager on the Ellen DeGeneres show.
The Fisker Karma is a super-sleek luxury car that runs on both gas and electricity. And it sports a celebrity-style sticker price-nearly 108-thousand dollars.
It's the most expensive car Consumer Reports has ever tested. But before testers could run it through the paces, the Fisker Karma broke down at the track and had to be towed away!
Once testing got underway, it was clear this unique electric sports car does a lot well. The interior is beautiful, and the ride, handling, and braking performance are solid.
But testers found some problems.
Jon Linkov of Consumer Reports says, "Unfortunately, the controls here are a nightmare. In addition, acceleration isn't what you'd expect from a sports car."
But how efficiently does this electric vehicle get you down the road?
Linkov says, "When driving on electric power alone, you'll get the equivalent of 66 miles per gallon, but your range is only 38 miles. When driving on the gasoline engine alone, you'll get about 22 miles per gallon overall."
You can do better. If you really want an electric vehicle-and no one's planning to get you one for your birthday-you may want to compromise on the "sporty" factor, and go for the Chevy Volt.
It costs about 40-thousand dollars and it delivers the equivalent of 99 gallons on electric power and 32 miles per gallon on gas-much better than the Fisker Karma.
If you're looking for another environmentally-friendly vehicle, Consumer Reports says consider the Toyota Prius. While it won't give you the super-high mileage equivalency of the Volt, the Prius' hybrid gas-electric engine delivers about 44 miles per gallon overall.
And you'll save even more at the dealership-the Prius costs about 26-thousand dollars.