To Hybrid or Not to Hybrid, that is the question.
A couple of years ago when I shopping for a new car, this is one of the decision I needed to make. I was considering a Lexus and the hybrid version costed about $3000 more, in this post, I will outline what thought process to decide whether to hybrid or not. I had a Toyota Prius before that was quite happy with the hybrid model, particularly for the fact I didn’t have a modify my behavior. Lexus didn’t have a plug hybrid version, so I didn’t consider that option.
|Model||MSRP||Gas Milage (MPG)||Gas consumption per year (Gallons) for 15,000 miles|
2013 Lexus ES 350 (Gas model)
|2013 Lexus ES 300h (Hybrid model)||$39,250||39 MPG||385|
|Difference||$2,880||192 gallon saved per year|
- Save money
- I plan to keep the car for 5-7 years, so overall, I would break even or potentially a little bit ahead depends on the gas price.
- Save time
- With the hybrid, each tank of gas goes for 550 miles, which mean I only need to get gas once a month. One less thing for me to worry about.
- Save the environment
- Overall, the hybrid is a more environmentally friendly car.