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What are the Pros and Cons of Hybrid Cars?

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More and more automakers are shifting their attention toward eco-friendly technologies. If you’re like most drivers, you’re probably wondering if new or used hybrid cars are worth the investment. Over the past decade, the hybrid market has gained traction and has gone from being fairly niche to being a staple in the automotive industry. Below, we’re delving into the benefits of hybrid cars, as well as points you should consider before buying.

Pros of Hybrid Cars

Why consider a hybrid car? Here are a few of the top reasons to buy a hybrid vehicle for your daily drives around Peoria:

  • Energy Efficiency: Hybrid cars use both electric and gasoline powertrains, resulting in increased efficiency. Hybrids also use technologies like regenerative braking to recharge the battery.
  • Ownership Costs: You can find hybrid vehicles in a variety of price points and trim levels, but many states offer tax incentives to make hybrid ownership more affordable. Plus, every hybrid vehicle includes a generous battery warranty to protect your investment for the long run.
  • Diverse Variety: In the past, hybrid cars were more compact and less powerful compared to traditional options. Today’s hybrid technology has expanded the market considerably. Today, it’s easy to find powerful hybrid compacts and SUVs at Mike Murphy Ford and other dealerships throughout the country.

Potential Cons of Hybrid Cars

Before you purchase a hybrid car, you’ll want to consider all angles. Below, you can learn more about the potential drawbacks of hybrid vehicles:

  • Price: Typically, hybrid cars cost more than gas-powered vehicles, but you can expect lower gas expenses throughout ownership.
  • Maintenance Costs: Hybrid cars require less maintenance than gas cars, but their repair costs can be higher. This is usually the case if the battery needs to be replaced. Hybrid car batteries can cost around $2,000 or more.
  • Hybrid Emissions: Hybrid vehicles are fuel-efficient than gas-powered cars, but not as fuel-efficient as EVs. EVs are zero-emission vehicles, whereas hybrid vehicles produce fewer emissions than gas cars.

Find a New Hybrid for Sale at Mike Murphy Ford

Now that you know the benefits of hybrid cars, as well as points to consider, it’s time to start shopping for the hybrid for you, such as the new Ford Fusion Hybrid. Browse our new vehicle specials for opportunities to save on a new Ford. Contact us online or call us at (309) 263-2311 to schedule a test drive in Morton!

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