Best Hybrids for Your Money
When it comes to hybrid vehicles, not everybody has jumped on board due to the higher price tag. If price is something that's been keeping you away from hybrids, we have good news - Forbes.com recently put together a list of their top 10 most cost-effective hybrids.
At the top of the list is the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, which has a $7,000 five-year ownership cost savings when compared to the non-hybrid Lincoln MKZ. Another top pick is the Toyota Prius V, which had a five-year ownership cost savings of about $1,800 over the Toyota Matrix.
If you're considering purchasing a hybrid vehicle, make sure to use the free CarWoo Deal Finder to get the biggest discounts and also be sure to check out TrueCar Pre-Negotiated Prices to compare real prices in your local area.
|Rank||Vehicle||5 Year Ownership Cost Savings|
|1||Lincoln MKZ Hybrid||$7,001 (vs. Lincoln MKZ)|
|2||Mercedes-Benz S400||$4,242 (vs. Mercedes-Benz S550)|
|3||Lexus HS 250h||$3,747 (vs. Lexus IS 250)|
|4||Toyota Prius V||$1,804 (vs. Toyota Matrix)|
|5||Toyota Prius c||$1,469 (vs. Toyota Yaris)|
|6||Ford Fusion Hybrid||$1,202 (vs. Ford Fusion)|
|7||Kia Optima Hybrid||$779 (vs. Kia Optima)|
|8||Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid||$672 (vs. Porsche Cayenne)|
|9||Honda Insight||$656 (vs. Honda Civic)|
|10||Hyundai Sonata Hybrid||$319 (vs. Hyundai Sonata)|
My Recommendation for Car ShoppersTrueCar, Edmunds, and 1-800 Car Show are the quickest way to see the lowest car prices in your area. These sites show you no-haggle prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually really good. This should be the first step you take when negotiating your car price. Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.
California Residents - Important:There is a new online car buying service called Roadster, available only to California residents, which I highly recommend you try - especially if you hate the stress of haggling with a car salesman. They provide an expert concierge who negotiates the price of the car and delivers it to your home with zero hassle - you never have to interact with a dealership. Here is my in-depth review of Roadster and why I recommend it.
- Gregg Fidan
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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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