Hybrid cars pros and cons, price a key factor

By Posted 18 Jun 2011, 09:30

With the economy being the way it is now, drivers are now considering a greener way of driving to save money. Now we touched on the subject of fuel-efficient cars the other day, but there is so much more to that story. There are so many choices that need to be made, so knowing hybrid cars pros and cons will help you decide if you are making the right decision. However, one thing that will always be in the back of your mind is how price is a key factor.

It is no secret that a new hybrid vehicle is more expensive than a standard gas version, and considering the reason why you want to make the switch is down to money – well it is a hard pill to swallow wouldn’t you say? OK, so we know that some drivers are looking at the bigger picture and thinking long-term – not just in their pockets but the environment as well.

Hybrid sales were very slow to start, but once fans started to see their favorites celebs driving around in them, that was when the buzz begun. Having said that, technology advances have also helped, which you can clearly see in the new breed of hybrid vehicles already or coming to market. You have to remember that these vehicles use around 50 percent less gas than a standard version, and remember that your town will be a quieter place, as they Hybrids run much quieter.

More often than not the government will give you tax breaks when buying greener cars, in some cases even offering free parking but is this really enough? Remember that you have to pay a higher ticket price in the first place, so you will have to keep it more than five years to get the full benefit.

There are other issues as well, such as the safety aspect if you break down, as emergency services will worry about electrocution from those batteries – much like track marshals do in F1 with KERS. The biggest downfall has to be with how expensive these hybrids will be when it comes to servicing or repair bills. Now that we have shared this little bit of knowledge with you will be able to make the right decision? If you choose not to go down the hybrid route, then why not try these fuel economy tips.

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  • steven price

    I work for Ford and believe our hybrids are high quality vehicles. But Im more excited about better gas only options coming out. Ford has a new 3 cylinder, eco boast, 8 speed automatic tranny coming out fairly soon. I cant wait to see what the mpg #s are on that. I think this will be a game changer. I hear chat about it being a lawn mower engine LOL, but with the ecoboast I think people will be surprised.

    • Anonymous

      I agree, I think Ford is headed in the right direction.  I am however, a little disappointed that Ford has not also presented us with a good diesel choice.  If there were more models offering a diesel option and sales went up, the price of diesel would have to come down.  At the same time, CAFE numbers would go up.

    • Anonymous

      I agree, I think Ford is headed in the right direction.  I am however, a little disappointed that Ford has not also presented us with a good diesel choice.  If there were more models offering a diesel option and sales went up, the price of diesel would have to come down.  At the same time, CAFE numbers would go up.

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