5 Reasons Not to Buy a Hybrid

Higher Initial Cost
The new Toyota Camry hybrid on display during the Paris Motor Show at the Parc des Expositions at the Porte de Versailles in October, 2018 in Paris, France. Chesnot/Getty Images

The first obstacle anyone interested in buying a gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle will run up against is the higher cost of the hybrid powertrain versus its gasoline-only equivalent. Hybrid versions generally run several thousand dollars more than conventional versions of the same car.

Much of the extra cost comes from the expense of the gas-saving technology found in hybrids. The price difference is less than it used to be, however, especially in the most popular models. Here are a few examples:

  • 2018 Chevy Malibu: $21,680 vs. 2018 Chevy Malibu Hybrid: $27,920
  • 2019 Ford Fusion: $22,840 vs. 2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid: $27,555
  • 2018 Honda Accord: $23,570 vs. 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid: $25,100

So you're going to pay more for a hybrid version of a conventional car. But that's OK, because you'll recoup the extra cost through all the gasoline you save, right? Maybe not...

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