Disadvantages to owning a hybrid vehicle include their shortened driving range, the purchase price versus a comparable gasoline or diesel vehicle and potential problems with their batteries. These are a few differences buyers have to keep in mind, however, technology for hybrid vehicles is ever-evolving and constantly improving.
While hybrids have become more mainstream over the last decade, there are, understandably, more gas stations than charging stations in the United States. This means driving greater distances in a hybrid requires a bit of forethought and research to ensure there are locations to charge up along the route. The Honda Accord is one of the most popular passenger cars in the U.S., and is a good model to compare pricing. In 2015, its gasoline, mid-base version (EX) starts at $25,030, while the hybrid version with similar trim starts at $32,055 – a difference of $7,000.
One other challenge car manufacturers have with innovative hybrid batteries is developing a long-lasting part that is not cost-prohibitive for potential buyers. Hybrid batteries are very pricey, and often require a total replacement when the original stops functioning correctly. Refurbishing batteries has not yet become a worthwhile option, and new batteries can cost $2,500 and up. Therefore, buying a used hybrid vehicle can be risky.