Save the Earth & Some Cash

The wrong hybrid can quickly turn your dreams of going green into nightmares where you see red. By combining NHTSA statics with real owner data, we can help you avigate the growing list of hybrid options.

Hybrid Guides

Start here to learn more about hybrid ownership.

How They Rank

Some hybrids are worth the upfront costs. Some are most definitely not.

Vehicle Spotlight

What went wrong with the 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid?

Is a hybrid for you?

Choosing to buy a hybrid means sacrificing power and cargo space in the name of squeezing out some MPGs. Of course there's also the warm fuzzies that come along with saving the earth. But can you also save your bank account? Hybrids have historically had a sale price 20% higher than their gas-guzzling counterpart. Older hybrids also have issues with batteries and more expensive repairs.

Is it worth it? It depends. There are some older diamonds in the rough and newer hybrids are much improved. But as gas prices have fallen and manufacturers have improved their entire fleet's MPGs, the benefits of some hybrid vehicles start to fade away. That's why it's important to do some research before taking the green plunge.

$1,388 Paying a Premium

The average hybrid costs over $1000 more than it's gas-guzzling counterpart. You may be saving the earth by owning a hybrid, but you're not always saving your money. [3]

67% Wouldn't Buy Another

A 2012 study found that 2 out of every 3 owners wouldn’t buy another. Lower gas prices, higher repair costs and overall MPG dissatisfaction are reasons why. [1]

97% Tiny Market Share

In 2012, only 3% of cars on the road are hybrids. That number is expcted to rise in 2015, but there's also competition from pure electric options. [2]

Common Hybrid Complaints

The majority of hybrid complaints are about the engine which is the same as their gas guzzling counterparts. No surprise there — hybrids are often built in the same place with mostly the same parts.

Take the 2007 Camry Hybrid and the straight up 2007 Camry, for instance. Both have problems with excessive oil consumption and their braking systems.

Where hybrids tend to have more complaints is with electrical and battery concerns. Owners say their batteries have the lifespan of a housefly and the average cost to repair common electrical issues is higher compared to other cars.

Hybrid & Electric Guides

A Hybrid to Avoid

2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid

2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid This is the first year for the Camry Hyrbid and it shows. The 2007 model year has dangerous problem with its brake actuators failing. Of course, you don't need brakes if the car just dies on its own.

The hybrid also shares an unfortunate excessive oil consumption problem with its gas guzzling counterpart. All this comes with the marginal upgrades to MPG, sticker shock and more expensive repair costs. If you want a hybrid Camry, you’re better off looking at later model years where Toyota seemed to get their act together.

  1. The study by R.L Polk cited increased fuel efficiency across entire model lineups as one of the main reasons.  ↩
  2. J.D. Power and Associates expects the number of hybrid cars to triple in 2015.  ↩
  3. A hybrid analysis by Vincentric in October 2013 found the average cost of owning a hybrid was $1,388 more than their gas-powered counterparts. number of hybrid cars to triple in 2015.  ↩
  4. According to sales stats on Good Car Bad Car  ↩
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