Make your friends envious with a hybrid vehicle that’s also a fun-to-drive sports car! Lauren Fix, the Car Coach, takes a look at the 2012 Fisker Karma.
The all-new 2012 Fisker Karma expands our notions of what a plug-in hybrid can be. The Karma promises fuel efficiency but also exclusivity, luxury, and performance.
Make/ Model — 2012 Fisker Karma EV
MPG — 52 mpg
Powered by — hybrid engine with 300 kw of battery and a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine.
Wheels – 22 inch wheels on Goodyear high profile, low rolling resistant tires
Price — $102,000–$116,000
My test drive in the Karma confirmed its good balance of drive and handling. It was a smooth ride. The low-riding sports coupe has no transmission and no clutch.
The 2012 Fisker Karma is a large four-door luxury sedan that comes in three trim levels: EcoStandard, EcoSport, and EcoChic.
The Karma can be driven in pure electric “Stealth” mode or combination electric/gas mode “Sport” in which both battery and generator work in concert, generating 403 hp and an astounding 981 pound-feet of torque for maximum performance.
The Karma is very green; it utilizes a solar roof panel to constantly charge the battery and reclaimed wood on the interior trim.
The exhaust area isn’t that at all — it’s a noise that sounds like a spaceship and dubbed by Fisker as the Tron exhaust note.
The Karma has a 5 year or 50,000 miles warranty, bumper to bumper.
•Porsche Panamera Hybrid
•Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid
•Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTec
•Excellent fuel economy
•Surprisingly spacious for two people
•Limited luggage space
•Only seats two people
•Noisy at highway speeds
The new 2012 Fisker Karma is an all-around blast to drive and its unique design is an added bonus. There’s nothing like it on the road. This car is a definite head turner and when people ask what it is, you have the pleasure of answering, “Karma.”
Remember, when shopping for a new car, test drive as many vehicles as you can in the class you are looking in to make sure you find the car that is best for you.
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