The Pros and Cons of Owning a Hybrid

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The automotive world sure has come a long way from the first automobile designed and built in 1769. Today we have gas, diesel, hybrid, electric, big, small, red, black…you name it, and it can be built!
Modern technology is taking auto trends to a whole new level and with that comes increased fuel efficiency, better performance and
unlimited options.
In addition to having an abundance of vehicles to choose from, today's consumers are smart. They want to make smart and informed buying decisions.
That's why we take on the details of hybrid cars in today's blog post.
So can a hybrid save you money? Is it better for the environment?
Keep reading to discover the pros and cons of a hybrid vehicle.

Hybrid Pros:
  • The electric motor paired with a gas powered engine make hybrids low on emissions and better on gas. They conserve energy while maintaining the power of a standard vehicle.
  • Hybrids have comparable performance to gas vehicles including efficiency, better mileage and reducing emissions.
  • Some states offer a tax incentive for hybrid owners.
  • Hybrids have regenerative braking, meaning each time the driver brakes, the battery is slightly recharged.
  • They help reduce the country's dependence on foreign oils because they require less fossil fuel to operate them.
  • Hybrids are constructed using lighter materials therefore do not expend as much energy to operate.
  • The smaller engine in a hybrid means a lighter one and less work!
  • Hybrids have a high resale value because consumers are buying more of them to save on fuel costs.
Hybrid Cons:
  • Because hybrids are built for economy, they can lack in speed. The engine is smaller resulting in lower power output.
  • Hybrids are designed lighter than a standard gas vehicle. This can result in poor handling due to less bracing and support in the suspension and body.
  • Hybrids are typically front wheel drive and the battery tends to be in the rear of the car. This helps distribute weight evenly. This is a con because it distributes weight away from the wheels therefore resulting in a negative effect on performance.
  • Hybrids tend to cost approximately $5,000 to $10,000 more than the standard version of the same vehicle.