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The Top Benefits of a Hybrid Car

Friday, November 1 2019 9:16 AM
The Top Benefits of a Hybrid Car

With gas prices constantly in flux and environmental catastrophes in the news every day, you may be considering making the switch to a hybrid car. Modern-day hybrid cars have many financial and environmental advantages, without being small, cramped or underpowered. Your hybrid car can also be a longer-term investment compared to standard non-hybrid vehicles, offering higher resale value, this is one of the top benefits of a hybrid car. 

When shopping for a new vehicle, you’ll notice that hybrid cars might have a greater up-front price tag. However, with generous government tax incentives, a hybrid may be easier on your wallet than you think.

When you consider the many advantages of owning a hybrid car, you’ll be very tempted to come over the environmentally friendly side. Are you considering purchasing a hybrid vehicle? Let’s take a look at exactly what a hybrid car is and what the benefits of owning one are. 

What Is a Hybrid Car?

We’ve been throwing around the term “hybrid” for years. Most car buyers know that hybrids, like the Honda Insight, get great gas mileage and are easier on the environment. As a consumer, do you know what qualifies a car as a hybrid?

A hybrid vehicle is any vehicle that is powered by two or more distinct fuel sources. These fuel sources can be gasoline, electricity, solar, etc. In the U.S., most commercially available hybrid vehicles combine the power of a gasoline-fueled internal combustion engine with the efficiency of a battery-powered electric motor. By combining multiple fuel sources, hybrid cars can reap the benefits of each source. 

Financial Advantages of Owning a Hybrid Car

One of the most well-known financial benefits of owning a hybrid car is spending less money out of pocket on gas. For example, the 2019 Honda Insight achieves an impressive 48 miles per gallon city*, 55 miles per gallon highway*, while the 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid achieves 48 miles per gallon* city and 49 miles per gallon* highway.

*55 city/49 highway/52 combined mpg rating for LX and EX trims. 51 city/45 highway/48 combined mpg rating for the Touring trim. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.

*30 city/38 highway/33 combined mpg rating for LX, EX and EX-L 1.5T trims. 29 city/35 highway/31 combined mpg rating for Sport 1.5T CVT trim. 26 city/35 highway/30 combined mpg rating for Sport 1.5T 6MT trim. 22 city/32 highway/26 combined mpg rating for Sport and Touring 2.0T trims. 23 city/34 highway/27 combined mpg rating for EX-L 2.0T trim. 48 city/47 highway/48 combined mpg rating for hybrid trims. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition (hybrid trims) and other factors.

Additionally, by purchasing a hybrid vehicle, you often qualify for federal or local tax credits. According to fueleconomy.gov, you can receive a federal tax credit of up to $7,500 for purchasing a new hybrid vehicle. When you factor that tax credit into the car’s sticker price, the bottom-line cost of a hybrid car becomes increasingly more attractive.

Finally, expect your new hybrid car to hold its resale value better than non-hybrids. In general, automakers produce fewer hybrid vehicles, which makes the affordable, pre-owned versions hot commodities. If the demand for your car holds steady after you purchase it, you can expect to earn more in return when you plan to resell it or trade it in.

The Environmental Advantage of Owning a Hybrid Car

Hybrid cars have a much smaller environmental impact. You probably already knew this, but the environmental benefits of owning a hybrid car include:

  • Cleaner operation. By optimizing the performance of two different types of engines, hybrids operate at maximum efficiency for the duration of the ride.

  • Regenerative braking. When you’re driving a hybrid car, the battery recharges slightly each time you apply the brakes. An internal mechanism captures the energy applied through the braking process and uses this energy to recharge the battery. 

  • Less dependence on fossil fuels. Since you’re able to drive further on one gallon of gas, you spend less time at the pump and more time on the road. 

  • No idling. With an electric engine aiding the power of the internal combustion engine, there’s no need to keep the car idling when the vehicle isn’t moving. Less idling equates to fewer emissions and a healthier environment. 

Available Honda Hybrids

For 2019, Honda has three hybrids available in its lineup. The Insight is Honda’s most affordable hybrid, with an MSRP of $22,930. If you’re looking for something a bit larger, the 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid has a starting MSRP of $25,320*, offering luxury alongside fuel efficiency. Finally, the 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, starting at $33,400*, offers a combined gas-electric 340-mile driving range.

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $930.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.

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