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Ultimate Comparison of Hybrid Cars
February 5, 2015With 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.
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Hybrid Vs Non-Hybrid Counterpart
|Hybrid Vehicle||Price||Non-Hybrid Vehicle||Price||MPG Difference||Break Even Miles||Gallons of Fuel Saved|
|Toyota Prius||$24,200||Ford Focus 5-Door||$18,960||19||109,609||1,593|
|Honda Civic Hybrid||$24,635||Honda Civic EX||$21,090||12||125,341||1,050|
|Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid||$25,995||Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0i Premium||$22,995||3||248,000||449|
|Honda Accord Hybrid||$29,305||Honda Accord EX||$25,030||17||101,307||1,567|
|Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid||$31,670||Volkswagen Jetta GLI SEL||$30,380||16||22,749||1,593|
|Lincoln MKZ Hybrid||$35,190||Lincoln MKZ||$35,190||14||0||1,749|
|Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE Premium||$35,555||Toyota Avalon XLE Premium||$33,195||15||44,952||1,949|
|Lexus ES 300h||$39,500||Lexus ES 350||$36,620||16||49,371||2,166|
|BMW ActiveHybrid 5||$61,650||BMW 535i||$55,350||2||504,000||417|
|Lexus LS 600h L||$120,440||Lexus LS 460 L AWD||$101,305||2||883,154||722|
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