Americans have many reasons for wanting to buy a car that is “green.” For some, buying a hybrid vehicle satisfies that goal - a car that runs on gasoline fuel in traffic and cruises using electric power on the highway.
If that’s you, before committing to a hybrid, consider these facts first.
A hybrid vehicle costs up to 20 percent more than a similar gasoline-only car. Of the major car types, studies show that diesel cars return the most at resale, gasoline-only next, and hybrids return the least amount of resale value.So you pay more at the beginning and lose more over time.
On average, to accommodate the added technology used by hybrid cars, conventional sedans lose up to 5 cubic feet of space.An SUV loses storage space under the cargo floor and in the cargo area.
If you do a great deal of highway driving, a hybrid gets great mileage. But for those that do mostly urban driving, there’s less of a gas mileage benefit. Just driving around town to do errands lowers the fuel economy benefit of a hybrid.