Post # 1
I have a 2005 Chevy Equinox and gas is killing me- I don’t have a car payment.
I’m considering switching to a Honda Civic Hybrid or Honda Insight and I think I could get my payment at around 200 with a large down payment (based on selling my car plus a little) and special financing (honda graduate program). Now- I’m not sure how easy it is to get their special financing but *crosses fingers* .
My thought is that if I spend 244 dollars on gas last month I could half that- to 122ish (I think the hybrid vehicles actually get more than double so I might get more savings) So with that concept in mind it would only be 80 dollars more per month than I am spending now. This would be my very first brand new car.
So- those who have a hybrid are they worth it? Is insurance more or less for them? Any concerns you have?
Post # 3
I just read an article the other day about how most hybrid cars aren’t worth it unless you keep them for like a decade.
Here’s the article
Actually says that the Toyota Prius and the Lincoln MKZ are the only ones worth it in the short term.
Post # 4
If you like the room in the new Equinox they get 32 MPG highway…can’t beat that for a crossover SUV.
Post # 5
I have a 2011 Honda CRZ and I am madly in love with it! I traded in my VW EOS Convertible for it – not only did my payments go down, but so did my insurance. It costs only $35 to fill the tank, the gas mileage is excellent and it drives like a dream. Plus, it’s super cute.
Keep in mind, the backseats are not built for people – they’re essentially 2 little cubbies, where I keep my bags and such. This is fine for me, since I don’t have any children – but if you need space, the CRZ would not be a good choice. The seats do fold down in the hatch back area, and this is where my dog hangs out. I love love love this car and would recommend it to anyone!
Post # 6
@kala_way: I find that hard to believe- I feel that the insight is very reasonably priced.
The prius is out of my price range.
Post # 7
The biggest issue I have with them is that YOU DON’T HEAR THEM! lol I was almost hit by someone backing out of a parking space because I didn’t hear the car. They have the backup lights but I just didn’t see them because of the glare of the sun and the person I would asssume didn’t look. But I think you have to be 1000x more careful to make sure no one is walking when you are backing out. They need to put an alarm or something on it to let people know your in reverse!
Post # 8
I really love hybrids, but I think it depends on the type – the serious hybrids (small Hondas and Toyotas) are great and get excellent gas mileage (my mom’s Prius gets 50+ miles/gallon because she does mostly city driving), but the “hybrid” hybrids that are bigger and just modified versions of regular cars seem to be too expensive to make it worth it. Meaning they cost SO much more than the regular versions, but don’t get good enough gas mileage to make up for it. (Lexus – I am looking at you!)
Post # 9
If you do a lot of city driving, hybrids are a great choice. The battery recharges off the brakes, so stop-and-start (even occasional stoplights) is better than highway driving for them. You’ll get the highest fuel efficiency from that kind of driving. There are a lot of smaller traditional cars that get great gas mileage, though. Our 10-year-old Toyota Echo (now called the Yaris) gets 35 – 38 mpg regularly. If you don’t mind downsizing, you can probably find a regular car that will be cheaper and not much less fuel efficient than a hybrid.
Post # 10
I’m… iffy on hybrids. It may be that they’re improving rapidly and I haven’t updated my information because I’m not in the market for a car at the moment, but my impression has been that it’s probably just as good an idea to buy a high mpg car that isn’t a hybrid–my parents drive Civics, non-hybrids, and can get 40 mpg without breaking a sweat. I used to drive a funky old Geo Metro that would get 40 and 45. I guess what I’m saying is that I think it’s admirable to go the hybrid route, but it may not be the most efficient way to save money on car+gas.
Post # 11
@Luayne: Equinox is out of my price range- but I’m more than willing to downsize for this new car. The reasons I wanted this car in the first place didn’t work out and I just feel like it isn’t what I really want now.
@MissCallieJean: Haha, got it- install bells and whistles. I’m already very careful so this shouldn’t be a huge issue.
@septcabride: So the honda insight would be okay?
@kala_way: The prius c is in my price range…I can look into it.