Is a Hybrid Right for You?
Should You Drive a Hybrid?
The answer really depends on your driving habits. If your commute allows you to make short trips in urban traffic, the battery in a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) or a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) with series drivetrain will provide most of the power needed. If your commute involves lots of highway driving, a hybrid using a parallel or series/parallel drivetrain could work best for you. And while the latter won’t eliminate your gasoline consumption completely like an all-electric vehicle, it would still provide fuel savings over a conventional gasoline car.
In short, a hybrid will reduce your gasoline fueling costs, whereas an all-electric car will eliminate the traditional fuel costs. However, both will reduce your carbon footprint. Hybrids have more energy efficient engines and are cheaper to maintain than traditional gasoline-powered cars.
A hybrid can be a great investment and save you a lot of money over time. Though it might be a little more expensive to buy upfront, when you look at total cost of ownership (reduced fuel charges, less maintenance, etc.), the savings will add up over time.
Many people are drawn to hybrid cars because of their fuel efficiency and some of these vehicles are more efficient than others. For instance, the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid gets and EPA estimated 58 miles per gallon of combined driving. The Toyota Prius gets 56 mpg combined and the Honda Insight gets 52 mpg combined.
Today, hybrid cars come in all shapes and sizes. If you're looking for a hybrid SUV, todays most popular models include the Toyota Highlander Hybrid and RAV4 Hybrid, the Honda CR-V Hybrid and the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid.
Plus, some new hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles are eligible for a number of rebates and incentives including a federal tax credit of up to $7,500 on a PHEV and $4,543 on an HEV. You can see where all makes and models of electric vehicles rate for tax credits here. To learn more about the world of EVs, visit our Definitive Guide to Electric Cars.