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2012 Fisker Karma Review
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The 2012 Fisker Karma is a subcompact luxury hybrid sedan that looks like a sports car. This is truly a car for the adventurous driver who’s looking to experiment with something new. For those of you who are up to the challenge, you will be rewarded with a car that has great style, offers massive power, and of course, insane fuel economy with its plug-in hybrid engine.
This car seems to have it all; with eco-friendly features everywhere you look, extending far beyond the lithium-ion battery that dramatically reduces your gasoline requirements. Of course, having it all costs money. This car comes with a serious price tag. It’s also not the ideal car for the big family vacation, being a subcompact. However, if you’re free to choose a car purely based on your love of driving and automotive technology, you might want to put one of those boring old high-end sports cars you were thinking about buying on hold and dive in with the 2012 Fisker Karma.
New For 2012
The 2012 Fisker Karma is brand new, an American plug-in hybrid from Fisker Automotive designed to take the electric hybrid car to the next level of sport and luxury. On the new Fisker Karma you’ll find:
- Tremendous fuel efficiency
- Powerful engine
- Sporty exterior
The exterior of the 2012 Fisker Karma is about as sporty as a sedan can possibly get, with a long, sloping hood, wide rear, aggressive split grill and big 22-inch wheels designed especially for the Fisker Karma, with the closest fender-to-tire clearance of any car on the market. It’s also in the exterior of the Fisker Karma that you’ll first discover just how dedicated to green technology this car is, with a glass solar roof that can power several of your car’s internal systems and improve fuel economy, not to mention a sporty paint job with paint invented by Fisker Karma for eco-friendliness. The Diamond Dust exterior body paint is water-based and made from up to 55 percent crushed glass flakes coated in silver. Other, more standard body paint colors are also available.
Interior & Cargo
The interior carries on the sports car feel of this hybrid, with a cabin designed to create a feeling of flow and motion. This interior is both luxurious and surprisingly eco-friendly. For example, the EcoChic model features EcoSuede upholstery, an animal free substance that is just about indistinguishable from actual leather. Continuing the green theme, the wood trim on the Fisker Karma comes from certified fallen, sunken or rescued wood from sources, such as wildfires and storm debris. You’ll also appreciate the center touch screen that allows you control of navigation, audio, and various vehicle systems without a mess of buttons cluttering up the interior.
Other features of the Fisker Karma include six way power front seats with power lumber support and multi-level heating, dual climate controls, and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel.
If there’s a downside to the Fisker Karma interior, it’s that this sedan seats more like a sports car, with only 38.4 inches of rear leg room, room for only four passengers, and a maximum cargo capacity a mere 6.9 cubic feet.
You’ll find a good array of safety features in the Fisker Karma, including stability control, traction control, a full slate of airbags, including dual knee airbags, a four-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), emergency brake assist, electronic brake force distribution, front seatbelt pretensioners, a post collision safety system, alarm system, and child seat anchors.
The Fisher Karma uses a regenerative braking system that recovers kinetic energy and sends it back to the battery. These electro-hydraulic actuated friction brakes feature a brake-by-wire system with a push-through override, which adds to overall safety.
It’s pretty safe to say you’ll love driving this car, which is good, because you’ll be driving it a long time before you have to stop for gas. The mpg for the Fisker Karma’s 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine combined with two electric motors linked to a 20KWh lithium-ion battery is 52 mpg, figuring 32 mpg on pure electric power and 20 mpg from the gas engine. In Sport mode, with the electric and gas systems working together, this car generates an unheard of 403 horsepower and 981 lb. ft. of torque, sprinting from zero to 60 in 6.3 seconds, with a top speed of 125 mph. That power is combined with a performance-tuned suspension and a sport-designed body, so the Fisker-Karma is the perfect vehicle to take on that long, winding mountain road drive you’ve been waiting to tackle. And you can do it without worrying about the environment, with a low 188g/mile CO2 emissions level. In Stealth mode, the car runs all-electric, so there are no gas-burning emissions to worry about, and no engine noises to distract you either.
Key Competitors For The 2012 Fisker Karma
- Chevrolet Volt
- Toyota Prius
- Nissan Leaf
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