If you are in the market for a new vehicle, don’t automatically dismiss a hybrid option. Unlike a few years ago, when there were only one or two options available, now you have many choices.
At JL Freed Honda, our sales team is ready to help you. We are knowledgeable about Honda models and can tell you how the hybrid version compares to the regular one.
Save Money and Time
Although the initial cost of a hybrid vehicle may seem overwhelming, it will save you time and money in the long run. Since hybrids only use gas when driving at higher speeds, any city driving you do will use the electric motor.
To compare, here are the EPA estimated fuel ratings for the Honda Accord:
Gas Engine: 30 mpg city and 38 mpg highway
Hybrid: 48 mpg city and 47 mpg highway
Every time you get behind the wheel of a gas-powered vehicle, your hard-earned money goes into gas. The more you drive, the more money you lose. With a hybrid, the money you save on gas adds up in your bank account.
While saving money is a huge benefit, you are also saving time. With fewer stops at the gas station, you have more time for the fun things in life! There is also less worry about running out of gas.
Hybrid Brakes Last Longer
When you brake with a regular car, the brake pads create friction to bring you to a stop. The more often and harder you brake, the faster those brake pads wear down and need to be replaced.
Hybrid vehicles use a different technology called regenerative braking. As you push the brake pedal down in a hybrid, the electric motor switches to reverse, which slows the wheels' motion. The only time the brake pads are utilized is if you slam on the brakes.
If you are a driver who brakes slowly and smoothly, then your hybrid will not need to use the friction brake pads. The less those brake pads need changing, the more money you get to keep in your pocket.
A hybrid vehicle’s battery is designed to last for the lifetime of the vehicle. With a gas-powered vehicle, the battery is used to trigger the combustion engine. Each time you turn the car on, the battery is used.
A regular car battery only lasts four to five years before needing to be replaced. The cost of a new battery, plus the disposal fee for the old one, add up.
More Money When You Sell
Hybrids and standard engine vehicles have an almost identical rate of depreciation. Should you choose to sell your hybrid, that higher price you paid for it will pay off. You will get more money when you sell a hybrid than a gas-powered vehicle.
Some auto insurance companies offer discounts of up to 10% off for hybrid vehicles. If your current insurance company does not offer a discount, you can always shop around to find one that does.
You can also check for state and federal tax credits or rebates.
For some people, the eco-friendliness of a hybrid is the main selling point. Even if that is not your main reason for considering a hybrid, it is still a benefit.
Combustion engines convert petroleum gas into energy. As the fuel burns, chemical compounds are released into the air. This air pollution is made of:
Volatile Organic Compounds
Not only do these pollutants have a negative impact on the environment, but they are bad for our health. Although newer cars may emit less air pollution, they are contributing to the problem every time they run. With a hybrid vehicle, both you and the environment suffer less exposure to these harmful compounds.
Another disadvantage of regular vehicles is in the brakes. Brake pads contain copper. Each time they are applied, tiny flecks come off. These bits of copper get into waterways and are deadly to fish and amphibians.
Since everyone’s life is different, Honda offers a range of hybrids so you can find the one that works for you. Honda’s menu of hybrids includes:
Insight – sedan
Accord – sedan
Clarity (plug-in or fuel cell) – sedan
CR-V - crossover
Each model comes with a variety of trim options so you can customize your look.
No matter what your reason is for wanting a hybrid, it is a good one. Once you get behind the wheel, any doubts will melt away.
If you have questions about how hybrids work or would like to take one for a test drive, then contact us at JL Freed Honda. Our team is ready to help you find your hybrid dream car.