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.
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.
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. 
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. 
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. 
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.
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.
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.