• Weight the pros and cons

    Hybrid cars are an expensive first investment, and while they do use less gas they will also raise your electric bill. This should be taken in to consideration before making the purchase. In the end, however, if you have the money up front to pay for a hybrid car and you understand the risks, like a higher electric bill, hybrid cars are better for the environment and easier on your pocket book in the long run.

  • They are on their way to being great

    Hybrids have come a long ways in a short time, they are on their way to replacing many of the gas guzzlers on the road today.

    We have to keep working to improve what they are capable of but cleaner air is a benefit to all of us not just the ones that want to be greed.

  • In the the long run hybrid are wroth it

    Alot of people like hybrids and they go fast and they do not pollute the earth. Gh f f f ff f f f f f f fghghghgyhtyg fttct f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f ff f

  • Some hybrids take no time to charge

    While certain hybrids take time to charge, some hybrids do not. Plus, the financial benefit. While in the beginning, it is a bit of an investment,but in the long run, you'll be saving a lot of money. They don't give off as much of the greenhouse gases that a normal gas car has.

  • It's is so worth it

    Have you ever thought how polluted the air is well the air is full of pollution you just can see it the pollution of the air is caused by cars factories and other things that produce smoke.
    •everybody should have a hybrid car because it’s smooth and quiet,so if you have a baby he/she can sleep quicker and you can have a smooth ride.

    •It recharges when you drive it because the friction creates friction energy which powers the car.

    •It’s better for the environment

  • Lower Mileage, Less Gas Over Life of Vehicle

    Hybrid cars pay for themselves over the life of vehicle with savings on gasoline. As prices of the cars get lower and lower, the savings become more pronounced. Ten years ago, a Toyota Prius was more expensive than today. As more and more people buy hybrids and electric cars, the cost of gas goes down because there is plenty of supply but no demand.

  • Hybrid Cars; Yes

    The only payments you have besides actually buying the car is none, besides repair, which really depends on the owner. If you have a normal car, by the time you get rid of it you have usually spent three times more then the actual price of the car just on gas, that doesn't include repairs. The first payment may be hard, but after you have paid it, it is worth it.

  • Likin' My hybrid

    Bought a Honda Insight when they first came out 4 years ago - It's Honda's answer to the Prius. Yes, its a small car but no, it was no more expensive than any other small non hybrid car I would have considered. Yes, it takes special oil and the oil changes run about 15.00 more than my non hybrid car did but I need to change the oil approx every 6 months not 3-4 like my non hybrid cars. Other services do not seem any more costly than what I paid on other non hybrid cars. I am averaging about 45mpg year around. Yes, you have to relearn how to drive if you want the best mileage, so what. If everyone drove ANY kind of car with less stomping on the gas pedal and drove the speed limit, you'd get better mileage too. Yes, the battery is costly to replace but has a 100,000 mile or 8 year warranty. I can only speak for my Insight which is not perfect but I am pretty pleased with and know they are working to improve it from the first one out.

  • Long-Term Investment

    While hybrids generally tend to be more expensive that other cars, in the end they pay off both in money saved from less gas usage and from a lighter carbon footprint. It saddens me when cars such as the Prius are labeled "unmanly", because I've always considered being considerate of your environment and money a very manly thing to do.

  • In the long run, hybrids are definitely worth it.

    Hybrids are the cars of the future in my opinion. Hybrids not only keep the environment much cleaner, but also will save you money. With the gas prices fluctuating from high to low, electricity is the way of the future. Gas companies should stop lobbying in favor of their pockets and allow hybrid cars to set a precedent for our future. Sooner rather than later, we will run out of gas or be dependent on outside resources and hybrids will be there to save us.

  • How Much Times To Charge The Batteries

    I think that hybrid cars are not worth it because you have to charge it so often,so if you go to the mountain the batteries would run out and you would be stuck! I read that in an article about hybrid cars and it said that it was true. So I suggest that you don't buy an electric car plus it costs way more.

  • Hybrids Aren't Great (Anymore)

    When hybrids became popular several years ago, they did improve your mpg, while also polluting less. But to achieve this, they used a number of special features like low-resistance tires, special engine oils, etc., in addition to their hybrid design. So a fair comparison would be comparing the hybrids with the same cars including all these economy-enhancing features, but without the hybrid feature.

    I have not come across any such comparison for any hybrid.

    Anyway, now we have super performing engines with start-stop technology and other features that improve performance and economy at the same time - even compared to the same make and model cars from a few years ago. 45-50 mpg (combined) is hardly stellar these days, even for relatively large cars like the Toyota Camry.

    Frankly, I am surprised that people still go for hybrids, with their added complexity and thus costs, and various constraints. Are they really still worth it?

  • Leaning toward no.

    First you will have a new pollutions from deposing the batteries. The fuel economy is not what is claimed if you have to factor in running air conditioning on a regular basis. A lot of the benefits the cars see in gas mileage are due to design that could be applied to a standard car. I do think it has some potential but right now its mostly marketing. Lets face it, look at the hwy mpg. There are a lot of cars getting 38 now. The hybrid Camry is getting 39. You only really benefit on short drives with the hybrid. A 20 mile trip to work on the interstate in phoenix at rush hour where your at a crawl at 115 degrees you would run the battery out on the air conditioner in no time and be running gas anyway so no real benefit. Now the winter months would be great there. Texas the same thing in the summer. Iowa. Well got to get heat from somewhere in the winter or cooling in the summer and well its pretty much long drives everywhere there in the country. Again if all you ever do is drive to the corner store then sure it will help a lot. But at an extra 10 grand not really, and frankly as far as green house. Try to make all your short trips counts. Don't go out every day to get something from the grocery. Or hay if its only 3 blocks away, why not walk and really save the planet. I don't know the concept seems nice but really I think the real reason the cars get the better mpg is because they are simply built better as far as weight, aerodynamic, engine tech etc. Again 38MPG gas is not uncommon anymore and the hybrid Camry only gets 39 on the hwy. The Prius is a tiny little thing that's built really well, that is the real reason you see the MPG boost. Take the batteries out and the e-motor to get rid of the excess weight and it would still probably do really well just on gas. We simply need more cars designed right we do not really just need more hybrids causing a large production of batteries that will need to be disposed of at some point and have their own impact on the environment.

  • Hybrids aren't the most fuel efficient vehicles.

    They emit greenhouse gases to produce, and their handling is not profound. People think that Hybrids ARE the solution to solve global warming. That's a complete lie. Why do people think that? Because the economy believes that every single little solution for this problem is another answer. Think about the present. Not the problems in the future.

  • Not All They're Cracked Up To Be

    Sure hybrids are fuel efficient and easier on the environment but they can be costly. Not only on the initial price tag when you go to purchase, but over time the money you've saved at the pump will have to be put towards maintenance and repairs. Hybrids are a different breed, they use different fluids (oil, transmission, etc) than your traditional car and they are more expensive. Not every repair facility knows how to properly work on hybrids or the differences in fluids so you could end up harming your vehicle if you get your services anywhere other than the dealership. Hybrids are meant to be driven, a lot. When shopping for a used hybrid the one with the lowest mileage isn't always the way to go. If they are not driven enough, their very pricey hybrid batteries can fail due to lack of use. And although it's not like a regular car battery that you replace every few years (it has one of those too) eventually you may have to replace the hybrid battery. Which is very expensive,($2,000--$3,000) and usually by that time the car has depreciated in value so much the battery costs more than the car is worth. They are finicky systems that require updates often so be prepared to visit your dealership a few times a year. Updates are usually free but if you're behind on them you can lose gas mileage/harm the battery/etc. You have to be extremely careful when buying used, often times there are aftermarket warranty options available for purchase if your dealer does not provide one. READ THE FINE PRINT! Some aftermarket warranties will not cover hybrid components at all OR they have a SEPARATE, usually more expensive warranty that pertains to hybrid repairs and if you're not paying close attention you could end up paying for something that is essentially useless. Yes, your sales professional should keep you on track, but they don't always catch it. It is IMPERATIVE that you purchase some type of warranty coverage on a hybrid you purchase used. Back to the expensive battery replacement-- you never know how the vehicle was taken care of before it became yours. There are not nearly enough hybrid vehicles on the road currently to make an environmental impact and they are just prone to too many costly repairs.

  • They still waste fossil fuels

    Hybrid cars may seem like a good way to help the environment, but that isn't true. It still takes fossil fuels to build and fuel the cars. Every time someone charges their car, it is using up the fossil fuels that go into making electricity. They are practically as polluting as regular cars, though not as good.

  • Bad gases are released

    Yes they are more fuel efficient but they are more expensive, their batteries cant last forever so they are still being put into a landfill and releasing bad gases, they are much smaller, there aren't enough charging stations along the roads, and they are not the coolest looking cars unless you want the new BMW I8 that is coming out soon but still for that price you could buy like 2 SI Honda Civics which are kinda cool and get great gas mileage for the same price.

  • Break Even or lose money

    Break Even or lose money. Initial investment is high and the wait period to recoupe the cost. Also when you drive a hybrid the power is much lower than the standard gas powered vehicle. Lot of adjustments and lifestyle/driving changes needed to adapt to the hybrid technology. Overall not sure if worth it.

  • They do not provide the necessary things for a car.

    They are not worth it because most hybrids do not have 3rd row seats and therefore are not suited for all families of different sizes. If a family has 8 kids , what are they going to do put a kid on the roof? It can not fit the whole family.

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Anonymous says2013-05-06T01:58:22.980
The comment that claims hybrids will raise your electric bill is nonsense. Hybrids use their gas powered engine and regenerative braking to charge their batteries. They do not plug in, so they do not raise your electric bill. The writer of that comment must be confusing hybrids with plug-in all electric vehicles, which is a completely different kind of vehicle.