5 Reasons Not to Buy a Hybrid


The Honda Clarity plug-in hybrid won the 2018 Green Car of the Year award. Several are seen here on display during the auto trade show AutoMobility LA at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Nov. 30, 2017. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Yeah, you read that title right: Five reasons to not buy a hybrid car — so, are we crazy? Maybe a little bit.

Ten or 20 years ago, hybrids were new, unproven technology. What if they burst into battery-powered flames? What if the batteries had to be replaced? What if you had to — gasp — pass a car on the highway or go up a hill?

Hybrids have been on the market and continuously improving since 1999, though. They're commonplace to the point of being kind of boring. Nearly every major auto manufacturer has a hybrid or two in its lineup, and hybrid heavyweight Toyota has an entire Prius sub-brand.

There are many reasons someone might want a hybrid: saving the environment, making fewer stops at the gas station, feeling good about your green self — but not every reason will pan out in the long run. While hybrids continue to be popular, there may be better, greener and more efficient alternatives out there.

Take a look at these five reasons not to buy a hybrid vehicle and see if any of them steer you away.

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