Can you convince me NOT to buy a hybrid?
March 7, 2008 10:39 PM Subscribe
What are the downsides to owning a hybrid? In the market for a new car, and wondering about the cost/benefit ratio, among other things.
posted by kyleg to travel & transportation (30 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Hoping that hybrid owners can help out here. Concerns are mostly economic. Are there unexpected or hidden costs that pop up that you wouldn't have with the standard model? For someone with a fairly short daily commute in highway traffic, is the gas savings lessened? Is the initial cost premium worth it?
What about consumer choice? Is there a difference in the benefits provided by hybrid models when comparing sedans vs. SUVs? Does it make sense to restrict yourself to looking for hybrid models rather than all available automobiles, in terms of available features? Are there safety concerns not associated with standard models?
If you have answers, or any other valid concerns about hybrid ownership that should be considered, please post them here. Alternately, if you would like to make the argument that buying a hybrid is always the best option, feel free to state your case.