Without a doubt when you are comparison-shopping for a new car, many factors need to be considered. For instance, things like fuel efficiency, maintenance costs, overall cost, and, in the case of the hybrid vehicle, tax breaks. Taking all of these factors into account together with environmental friendliness, Hybrid cars are a clear winner over regular cars.
Most Hybrid cars average between 33 and 60 miles per gallon during city driving and between 27 and 68 miles per gallon in highway driving. These figures represent some of the best EPA figures known to the car industry. Averaged into these figures are Hybrid SUVs, but for the most part smaller, compact cars and sedans get a high number of miles per gallon compared to their counterpart gas-powered cousins.
Now, these figures are not always accurate, because some owners beat the system or are beaten by it due to driving conditions or habits. If a driver is consistently driving over the speed limit, fuel efficiency may not be what the owner expected. In addition, as will be discussed, depending on car design and conditions, the actual fuel efficiency can be compromised.
With the average gallon of gasoline costing $3, the obvious choice for a car buyer would be to purchase an automobile that gets the maximum number of miles per gallon. The Hybrid car and SUV has shown to be not only a winner at the pumps but also a winner environmentally. Clocking in at the average of $600-$700 a year for the average driver (compared to $2000 a year), the clear advantage leans toward the Hybrid owner.