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Ultimate Comparison of Hybrid Cars

February 5, 2015

With gas prices and the environment on everyone's minds, it's no wonder more and more drivers are considering purchasing hybrid vehicles. However, not all hybrids are the same and with so many options on the market, it can be a bit confusing as to which ones you should consider.

The Wirecutter recently did an in-depth study on hybrid vehicles (I highly recommend you read it), and determined how hybrids measured up against their non-hybrid counterparts. According to their research, their choice for best hybrid vehicle was the 2015 Toyota Prius Two, with other top picks including the 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid, 2014 Toyota Prius Two, and 2015 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Reserved.

Below is a look at some hybrids compared to their non-hybrid equivalents, with comparison by price, MPG, break-even miles and gallons of fuel saved.

If you're considering a hybrid vehicle or any new vehicle, I highly recommend you use TrueCar No Haggle and Edmunds Price Promise to compare the best prices among local dealers.

Hybrid Vs Non-Hybrid Counterpart

Hybrid VehiclePriceNon-Hybrid VehiclePriceMPG DifferenceBreak Even MilesGallons of Fuel Saved
Toyota Prius$24,200Ford Focus 5-Door$18,96019109,6091,593
Honda Civic Hybrid$24,635Honda Civic EX$21,09012125,3411,050
Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid$25,995Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0i Premium$22,9953248,000449
Honda Accord Hybrid$29,305Honda Accord EX$25,03017101,3071,567
Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid$31,670Volkswagen Jetta GLI SEL$30,3801622,7491,593
Lincoln MKZ Hybrid$35,190Lincoln MKZ$35,1901401,749
Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE Premium$35,555Toyota Avalon XLE Premium$33,1951544,9521,949
Lexus ES 300h$39,500Lexus ES 350$36,6201649,3712,166
BMW ActiveHybrid 5$61,650BMW 535i$55,3502504,000417
Lexus LS 600h L$120,440Lexus LS 460 L AWD$101,3052883,154722

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar, 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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