I've been really looking into hybrid cars lately because while I only drive about 20 miles a day i'd still love to get something with great fuel economy.
What's some options I can look into?
I've only got about 5k in cash at the moment but not sure if that will get me any hybrids from the 2005/2006 era or not.
Basically help me understand why I should or shouldn't get a hybrid for super good MPG.
I just bought a used Prius plug in for dirt cheap. Dealers want these things off the lot because gas is so cheap that demand is low. I love it, and I'm getting 60mpg. I have my bike when I want fun but this is my daily. The market is in your favor so if you have an offer is say take it.
What, you mean the same batteries that cost $1200 to replace and go every 8 years/100,000 miles?
I swear it's like this board is stuck 10 years in the past when it comes to knowledge sometimes.
Most of them age out, 6-9 years or 80-160,000 miles. The best thing though about the Prius is since they're so prevalent in fleets and taxi use is that all their parts are retarded cheap.
A friend just bought a 2010 Prius and they love it... averaging 52.3mpg on the highway, and 54.7 in the city. Smooth and quiet ride.. And Toyota (By law) has to warranty the battery for 10 years / 150k miles for states with California emission laws, or 8 years 100k for states WITHOUT California emission laws.
And even if it's out of warranty, A brand new OEM traction battery is $1200 - 2000. Replacing it yourself will probably be hard, seeing has it's an extremely heavy battery and EXTREMELY high voltage.
I don't think so, last I checked on them they used the electric motor and the engine together at the same time to achieve better MPG vs the Prius where (I believe) the electric motor go until a certain point and then the gas takes over, but the electric motor is also the starter