I know that Diesel Power had a comparision/write up about them,
comparing them to diesels. I think I still have it, so if you want, I
can get you some info out of there. From reading it though, Toyota
has the market cornered with hybirds, with the Prius, Highlander and
Camary. Not say there are not others, but the Toy's seem to have
gotten the best comments, efficiency and are true hybrids, not flex
fuel or "cross over" vehicles.
Toyota has the best reviews but Honda is cheaper and good quality.
But I really do not see the purpose of the hybrids. They command a
hefty premium in price that will never be recouped from gas savings.
And, resale will be absolutely horrid when they reach the end of the typical
battery life. Based upon the current state of the art, I would avoid
hybrids like the plague... Toyota will soon find that paybacks are hell....
That would be an awful expensive Bic. That is purdy much what I've gathered
too. When it's time to replace the batteries, you're gonna cry. I'm not sold
on the hybrids quite yet but give them a few more years and they may be ok.
I've been doing a bunch of reading on them. Seems that the deal on the
batteries isn't what it use to be. Under 2K for a replacement. Toyota
warranty is for 100K or 8 years. 40mpg is nothing to sneeze at. For me, it
would be a saving just to use regular gas. Took a Toyota Camry hybrid for a
spin yesterday.it accelerated and changed lanes on the highway like the
wifes Magnum V6. I was impressed with it.
No, you can call me a guy that is having a hard time justifying a 425+ HP
car to drive a couple of miles to the beach. I bought Charger with the
thought that I'd be making the trip from FL to MA a few times a year for a
number of years. Now with the wife deciding to move totally to FL that won't
be happening. Also I like toys. If it isn't going to be driven a bunch the
Charger ceases to be a toy. So a transportation type car is in order.
As far as loving a rabbit and hugging a tree goes, well. the rabbit is
something only a mother could love. I figure his wife is a frustrated social
The cost savings just isn't there. A Honda Civic DX is $16000 and gets
30mpg city. A Honda Civic Hybrid is $23000 and gets 50mpg city. Lets
say someone drives well over the national average at 20,000 miles per
20000/30 * $3/gallon = $2000
20000/50 * $3/gallon = $1200
A savings of $800/year. It would take 8.75 years to make up for the
higher price of the hybrid. Thats not even counting the difference in
tax on the two cars which where I live would be $7000 * 8% sales tax $560 more. Furthermore most people don't drive 20,000 miles a year (I
do) so it would be even worse for many.
You may very well be correct. I guess it is how you look at it and what you
are comfortable with. I'll be moving from a car that get's 17-19 on the
highway and around 15 in the city. Also it requires premium fuel. So until
the dust settles from the move and I know exactly where we are at, it looks
People are interested in mpg for one reason. To save money. But if the
higher mpg cars cost more than the gas savings then its simply not
economical no matter how high the mpg of they hybrid. So far in almost
all cases a 100% gas economy car is a better deal if the reason for
buying is to save money. Hybrids don't save money.
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