Author Box
Articles Categories
All Categories
Articles Resources

Hybrid Vehicles - Are They Worth It?

April 10, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 126

Some environmental activists have encouraged people to trade in their current vehicles for a hybrid vehicle. Hybrid vehicles run on both gas and electric power; this may be better for the environment because they don't release as many carbon emissions. Activists often tout other benefits of using hybrids; the most common claim they make is that it will save people money at the pump.

This claim, however, is exaggerated, and in some cases may not be true at all. Hybrid cars don't save people money right away; it can take up to five years before customers would make up the extra money they spent for the hybrid. Several years ago conducted a study that showed that gas prices would have to go up to $8 a gallon in order for the average hybrid owner to save money. Since gas prices usually don't go up past $4 or $5 a gallon, it's unlikely that your average hybrid car will save drivers money. This is especially true for drivers who like to purchase new vehicles every five or six years. By the time these drivers begin seeing savings, they will be ready to purchase a new vehicle, which negates the potential savings altogether.

If you are interested in purchasing a hybrid despite these problems, you should consider the Toyota Prius. The Prius has three advantages over other hybrid vehicles. It is cheaper than most other hybrids, it is more fuel-efficient, and its newest model is designed to look like a regular car. Like all Toyotas, the Prius uses stylish rims to add to the feeling that the car is a luxury vehicle despite its lower price.

As far as finances go, the reason to buy the Prius is its fuel efficiency; you'll need to fill up far less often when driving this vehicle. You'll also pay less per month on your car insurance since it's less expensive to purchase a Prius than other hybrid vehicles. Although you still won't see savings right away, with a Prius you can expect to begin saving money within two years rather than waiting a full five years, which makes this vehicle an excellent choice for those who enjoy buying new cars every few years. Of course, if you're concerned about style or about being trendy, the Toyota rims don't hurt, either.

All in all, there are many good reasons to invest in a hybrid, but money doesn't really seem to be one of them, unless you get a Prius. With gas prices continuing to rise, hybrids may seem more worthwhile, but if prices fall again, you won't save anything by driving a hybrid vehicle. If you want to drive a hybrid in order to protect the environment, go for it, but don't delude yourself into thinking that you are saving money. The real reason to drive one is because it can be trendy and stylish in addition to its benefits for the environment; money doesn't really come into it.

This article was brought to you by Heather Harless at For more information on Toyota Wheels or any Factory Rims please visit us.

Source: EzineArticles
Was this Helpful ?

Rate this Article

Article Tags:

Hybrid Vehicles


Hybrid Vehicle


Gas Prices


Toyota Wheels


Hybrid Saving Gas


Hybrid Saving Money

If you have problems in maintaining your used Sacramento Ford car model, then this is the right time to approach the Ford auto repairing mechanic to get things fixed in time. This is to ensure that

By: Nick Pruett l Automotive > Classic Cars l April 03, 2013 lViews: 601

This article is written about a company offering stunning range of mopeds and eco friendly scooters at affordable prices . Gas powered scooters are the perfect means of transport if you want to

By: Mark Claint l Automotive > Motorcycles l December 23, 2012 lViews: 592

The Mahindra bikes are the top most important and supposed developed company in India, which is productively liability their business in the Indian auto market with its dealership networks across the

By: Wilson Roy l Automotive > Motorcycles l December 03, 2012 lViews: 269

CARTATTS, a design driven, boutique studio with a passion for cars and design have launched their first release of tattoo inspired, custom-designed, high quality decals. CARTATTS is the brainchild of

By: AlanRichard l Automotive > Car Detailing Customization l December 02, 2012 lViews: 254

When it comes to going on a road trip, the drive there can sometimes end up being a bit boring. Though you might have a fantastic time once you arrive at your holiday destination, if there is a long

By: Alan Trotter l Automotive > Mobile Audio Video l November 24, 2012 lViews: 419

Hero impulse is the design of Hero group, after the Hero and Honda group sidelined. The company has introduced its extremely first bike in the market dubbed like Hero impulse. It is an outstanding

By: Wilson Roy l Automotive > Motorcycles l November 19, 2012 lViews: 395

In this age of speedy online shopping, its easy to find exactly the DC electric motor you are looking for from the comfort of your own laptop or desktop computer. That is, however, if you know

By: John K. Taylorl Automotive > Hybrid Energy Efficientl July 10, 2012 lViews: 209

DC injection braking is a halting system used with AC drives and works by the sudden input of a direct current into an alternating current system, which causes the machine to slow down and stop. This

By: John K. Taylorl Automotive > Hybrid Energy Efficientl July 06, 2012 lViews: 204

These days, our cars are becoming less efficient and petrol prices continue to skyrocket, leading many commuters to filling their cars up two or even more times a week. This will eventually take a

By: John K. Taylorl Automotive > Hybrid Energy Efficientl July 05, 2012 lViews: 167

In the near future our cars will begin to have more and more autonomous driving features, until eventually, they will drive themselves. Indeed, at that point the USPS will have robotic delivery

By: Lance Winslowl Automotive > Hybrid Energy Efficientl July 04, 2012 lViews: 198

Water is a free and renewable resource that can be used to fuel our vehicles and make it perform quite efficiently. Converting your car so that it can run on water will be a smart decision since it

By: Roberta Barrowl Automotive > Hybrid Energy Efficientl July 02, 2012 lViews: 172

Some people do not even realize that a number of the machines and equipment they use every day operate using an electric motor until something goes wrong with it. Fortunately, there are some engine

By: John K. Taylorl Automotive > Hybrid Energy Efficientl July 02, 2012 lViews: 229

Discuss this Article

comments powered by Disqus