4 Hybrid Alternatives That Will Save You Hundreds Every Year

With hybrid cars you expect to save money on gas but some do it better than others – much better in fact over non-hybrid siblings.

According to the U.S. EPA, driving one of the more efficient full hybrids can retain nearly $1,000 or more in gas money in the driver’s pocket every couple years.

Beyond that, they also are cleaner for the environment with fewer tons of greenhouse emissions going into the air every year.

Of course all-electric cars and plug-in hybrids do potentially stand to save more fuel, but hybrids are not without advantages.

As a class of vehicle, regular hybrids have been on the market the longest; 15 years in the U.S. They are not a novelty to repair shops and resale values in cases are more stabilized and predictable. They have no range anxiety like pure EVs do, and simpler fueling than plug-in hybrids. All you need to do is gas them up like any car – no new habits or charging equipment needed.

Their sticker prices tend to be lower too, though they are not subsidized as plug-in vehicles are.

Like anything, they have pros and cons, and a full buying decision should weigh all important variables. But on the pro side is not having to stop for gas nearly as often and the satisfaction of lower emissions.

The cars on this list are best sellers in no small part for this reason. Compared to their non-hybrid siblings their advantages are clear.

Hybrids That Save Hundreds Every Year Over non-Hybrid Siblings

All cars are compared under a 15,000 mile annual drive assuming 45 percent highway driving, 55 percent city using EPA data.

This is based on $2.81 per gallon gas and comparisons are to the national average of 24 mpg. As gas prices rise, so will gas savings. Emissions info assumes greenhouse gases from both producing the fuel and from the car’s tailpipe. Your actual results will probably vary.

Toyota Camry Hybrid – Gas savings: $450 per year

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The Hybrid LE version of the Camry nets 13 mpg combined better compared to the regular automatic Camry.

Hybrid: 43 city, 39 highway, 41 combined; non-hybrid: 25 city, 35 highway, 28 combined.

This means $2,250 saved on fuel costs every five years over an average 24 mpg car – assuming gas prices are frozen, which they will not be, so the savings stands to increase for this and all others.

Annually, gas is estimated at $1,050 for the hybrid, $1,500 for the hybrid, or a savings of $450 per year, or $37.50 per month.

Upstream and downstream greenhouse gas emissions also are lower, at 265 grams/mile for the hybrid versus 388 grams/mile for the non hybrid. Annually this is 4.4 U.S. tons versus 6.4.

The Hybrid LE starts at $26,790, and the non-hybrid runs from $22,970-$31,370.

Both midsized front-wheel drive cars are rated 5 stars out of 5 overall in safety. The hybrid gives up 2 cubic feet in the trunk due to its battery.

Honda Accord Hybrid – Gas savings: $550 per year

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The Accord Hybrid nearly takes the cake with 18 whole mpg better efficiency over its non-hybrid Accord counterpart.

Hybrid: 50 city, 45 highway, 47 combined. Non-hybrid Accord: 26 city, 35 highway, 29 combined.

The hybrid costs just under 6 cents per mile, the non-hybrid costs a little under 10 cents. Those pennies add to dollars.

In five years, this accumulates to $2,750 saved. Annually, gas costs are $900 for the hybrid, or $1,450 for the hybrid.

Emissions for the hybrid are 231 grams/mile and the non-hybrid is rated at 375 grams/mile. Annually, this adds to 3.8 tons versus 6.2 tons, or a 2.4 ton difference.

The Hybrid LE starts at $29.305 and can go to $35,055, and the non-hybrid runs from $22,105-$33,630.

Both midsized front-wheel drive cars are rated 5 stars out of 5 overall in safety. The hybrid has the same sized trunk.

Ford Fusion Hybrid – Gas savings: $600 per year

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The Fusion hybrid saves 16 mpg over a 2.5-liter four-cylinder sibling.

Hybrid: 44 city, 41 highway, 42 combined. Non-hybrid Fusion: 22 city, 34 highway, 26 combined.

In five years, the Fusion saves $3,000 in fuel, again assuming fixed fuel costs, which is not likely. Odds are that fuel will cost more in five years from now which would mean more savings.

Annually, the Fusion Hybrid costs $1,000 to fill up. The non-hybrid costs $1,600. This is a savings of $1,000 per every 20 months.

Emissions of greenhouse gases are 259 grams/mile for the hybrid and 418 grams/mile for the non-hybrid. Annually, this equals 4.7 tons GHG for the hybrid Fusion, and 6.9 per year for the non-hybrid model.

The hybrid starts at $26,575 and climbs to $32,330. The non-hybrid starts at $22,500 and goes to $30,780.

Both midsized front-wheel drive cars are rated 5 stars out of 5 overall in safety. The hybrid has the same sized trunk.

Lincoln MKZ Hybrid – Gas savings $550 per year

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The MKZ Hybrid saves 14 mpg over the non-hybrid and guess what? The price premium is zero. We’re noting this up top as a way of saying kudos to Lincoln. The powertrain is essentially the same as the Ford Fusion Hybrid’s meaning this can be an especially good value with no “hybrid surcharge.”

Hybrid: 41 city, 39 highway, 40 combined. Non-hybrid four cylinder: 22 city. 33 highwy, 26 combined.

In five years, the MKZ saves $2,750 in gas. That’s $46 per month of savings. Annual fuel costs are $1.050 for the hybrid, and $1,600 for the non-hybrid.

Greenhouse gas emissions are 272 grams/mile for the hybrid and 418 grams/mile for the non-hybrid. Annually, this adds to 4.5 tons versus 6.9 tons for the non-hybrid.

MSRP starts at $35,190.

Both midsized front-wheel drive cars are rated 5 stars out of 5 overall in safety. The hybrid gives up 4 cubic feet in the trunk – 12 cubic feet instead of 16.