5 Reasons Not to Buy a Hybrid

You Don't Even Need a Car
Car-sharing companies like Zipcar have surged in popularity and are reasons why some people go without cars entirely. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

More than half of the world's population lives in urban areas, according to the World Bank Group. Urban areas are famously congested with traffic, whether that's Los Angeles or Shanghai or Paris — and it's getting worse. Many cities are banning traffic from their urban centers, and some are planning to ban combustion engines entirely within the next two decades. To get around, city dwellers are using public transportation plus carpooling, ride sharing, car sharing, bike sharing, scooter sharing and plain old walking to get around.

People who live in cities might consider whether they need a car at all. A bus pass and an app for Uber or Lyft will get you pretty far, as will a membership in a car sharing service like Car2Go or Zipcar. Not having a car means not paying extra for a space in your building's garage or having to fight to park at the curb. No maintenance, no insurance, no stopping for gas. Remember, hybrids do require gasoline to run, just less of it than a conventional car. And you can't be pulled over and ticketed for texting while driving if you're riding the bus.

Last editorial update on Dec 6, 2018 02:14:01 pm.

Author's Note: 5 Reasons Not to Buy a Hybrid

Hybrids were strange birds in 1999 when the Honda Insight first came to market, followed quickly by the Toyota Prius. The economic and fuel crisis that hit in 2008 brought down gas-guzzlers like the Humvee and elevated hybrid reputations — and prices. Now hybrids are nearly old hat as PHEVs and EVs come online in greater numbers and styles. But hybrids aren't done yet. The technology has proven itself to be so delightfully boring and consistent that it will be hard to not buy a hybrid vehicle in the future. Most manufacturers are planning on their basic powertrains being hybrids in the next few years, with PHEV and EV options.

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