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The Most Cost-Effective Hybrids

November 28, 2012


This week, Jim Gorzelany from Forbes.com took a look at the most cost-effective hybrid cars on the market right now. Considering the average hybrid costs $5,243 more than its gasoline-only equivalent, you wouldn't expect many of them to recoup that investment, but 11 hybrids were projected to do so over a 5-year period, according to research company Vincentric.

Taking into account total ownership cost factors including depreciation, fuel costs, financing, insurance, maintenance, repairs, fees and taxes, the research showed that some hybrids such as the Lincoln MKZ can produce savings of as much as $7,000 over its gas equivalent.

Check out the full list below and make sure to use the free CarWoo Deal Finder to get the best deals on any of these vehicles.

Hybrid VehicleGas AlternativeCost Savings Over 5-Years
Lincoln MKZ HybridLincoln MKZ$7,001
Mercedes Benz S400Mercedes Benz S550$4,242
Lexus HS 250hLexus IS 250$3,747
Toyota Prius VToyota Matrix$1,804
Toyota Prius cToyota Yaris$1,469
Ford Fusion HybridFord Fusion$1,202
Kia Optima HybridKia Optima$779
Porsche Cayenne S HybridPorsche Cayenne$672
Honda InsightHonda Civic$656
Hyundai Sonata HybridHyundai Sonata$319
Lexus RX 450hLexus RX 350$17

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- Gregg Fidan

Gregg Fidan

About: Gregg Fidan


Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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