You hear a lot of hype about hybrid vehicles, and there are many types of these hybrids out there. Many people are opting to own a 4WD hybrid, for a number of reasons. Now, there are some really great reasons to own a hybrid vehicle, and a number of reasons against owning one of these vehicles. If you are considering making your next vehicle a hybrid one, here are a few pros and cons to consider before making your purchase.
Pros – There are a number of excellent reasons to own a hybrid vehicle. Even though these vehicles tend to be more costly than others, in time these prices will come down, giving people one more good reason to think about switching to a hybrid vehicle.
- Cash Incentives – There are various incentives for purchasing hybrid vehicles, which vary from state to state.
- Tax Deductions – If you purchase a hybrid vehicle, you can get a federal tax deduction.
- Everything’s the Same – There are no differences in driving a hybrid vehicles and any other type of car or truck you are used to driving. You will not have to change any of your driving habits (unless of course you have picked up some bad driving habits, which tends to happen to most of us over time).
- Protect the Environment – A hybrid vehicle will emit as much as 97% less toxic emissions and about half as much carbon dioxide as other vehicles.
- Save Money on Gas – With the high price of gas these days, which continues to rise, using a 4WD hybrid can help you to cut back on your fuel consumption because you get more mileage, so you save money.
- Safety Features – Hybrid vehicles have the same safety features as any other vehicles on the road today, and they are ideal for families.
- Improvements – Just like any other vehicle, the more hybrids that are built, the more improvements are going to be made to this technology, and these vehicles are going to improve in their looks and performance.
- Get There Quicker – Some states have special commuter lanes specifically for Hybrids known as HOV lanes.
- Hybrids Weigh Less – Because they have smaller engines and are made from lightweight materials, hybrid vehicles tend to weigh a lot less than other types of vehicles.
- Use Alternative Fuels – Hybrid vehicles can fun on a variety of fuels, so you have more options, and more ways to save money.
- More Expensive – The cost of a hybrid vehicle can run anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000 more than a non-hybrid version of a similar vehicle.
- Added Registration Costs – In some states, you will be required to pay additional registration fees for hybrid vehicles. This is something that you will need to look into before making your purchase.
- Harder to Repair – If you have any problems with a hybrid vehicle, you should expect to have to take it to a mechanic who specializes in this type of vehicle. Unfortunately, not every mechanic is trained to work on hybrid vehicles.
- Parts Are Expensive – If you need to have parts replaced on a hybrid, you can expect them to be more expensive than they would be for a regular vehicle. This will probably change in time as more and more hybrids are seen on the roads.
- Tires Are More Expensive – The tires for hybrid vehicles are smaller so they allow for higher mileage, but they are also more expensive to replace.
- Not as Fast – The motors of hybrid vehicles are not high performance, so they are built more for economy than they are for speed.
- Not Built for Off Road – These vehicles are not built for off-roading, or for towing other vehicles. If this is what you want a four wheel drive for, then a hybrid may not be the ideal choice for you.
As you can see, there are more pros than cons to owning a hybrid vehicle, although you do need to consider everything before making your purchase. Yes, your purchase of one of these vehicles is going to cost more money than a non-hybrid vehicle would be, but you are going to get a number of benefits from having a 4WD hybrid vehicle. You will save money on gas, save the environment, and have a vehicle that is totally politically correct.