• Buying Hybrid Cars: A Comparison Guide

    When you’re considering making a purchase of a new car, having a guide to help with your hybrid cars comparison can be handy. The whole concept of a hybrid car market is new, and that makes it a little confusing for beginners. Looking at just 2010 model year vehicles for hybrid car sales, though, you can compare a few models side-by-side to get a grasp on which model might be the best fit for your needs and budget.  The comparison here will focus strictly on cars and on several major manufacturers’ similar offerings.

    2010 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

    The Malibu Hybrid can deliver 164 horsepower and gets 26 miles per gallon in the city and 34 on the highway. The MSRP for the 2010 Chevy Malibu (base version) is around $26,000.  

    2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid

    Priced (MSRP) at around $28,000 delivered, the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid gets a respectable 41 miles per gallon in the city and 36 on the highway. It still manages to come through with 191 horsepower.  

    2010 Honda Civic Hybrid

    The 2010 Honda Civic Hybrid has one of the lowest horsepower ratings of the whole list (110), but it is also the least expensive (about $24,000 MSRP). Its 40 miles per gallon city and 45 highway makes it the second most fuel efficient, too.

    2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid

    The Mercury Milan Hybrid is the priciest vehicle on the list. It will cost you more than $28,000 (MSRP plus destination charge). As one might expect, though, the numbers are otherwise similar to the Ford Fusion Hybrid with a duplicate 191 horsepower and 41 miles per gallon city and 36 highway.

    2010 Nissan Altima Hybrid

    The MSRP on the Altima Hybrid is around $27,000. The car has the highest horsepower ratings of any compared here (198 horsepower) and still manages to get 35 miles per gallon in the city and 33 on the highway.

    2010 Toyota Camry Hybrid

    With an MSRP that’s just a little over $26,000, the Toyota Camry Hybrid boasts a respectable 187 horsepower. It gets 33 miles per gallon in the city and 34 on the highway.

    2010 Toyota Prius Prius III

    Priced almost exactly the same as the Honda Civic (around $24,000), the Prius has the lowest horsepower of all the cars listed here (80). It also has the highest fuel efficiency, rated at 51 miles per gallon in the city and 48 on the highway.

    There are other hybrids on the market, but in terms of vehicles that all match up in class, this is a good place to start. You might want to try a few of these out and see if you like them. Each has its advantages and disadvantages in comparison to the others. It should be noted that, with one exception, the warranties on all these vehicles are 3 years or 36,000 miles bumper to bumper and 5 years or 60,000 miles for the power train. The one that’s different is the Chevy Malibu and the variance is a 100,000 mile limit for the power train warranty.