5 cars to buy instead of a hybrid

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Screen Shot 2013-07-17 at 1.09.29 PMOwning a hybrid means you’re saving money on gas and being green at the same time, right? You’re practically a model citizen! Not to the state department – they’re losing gas tax revenue. As of this month, Virginia and Michigan have implemented $100 annual fees for hybrid vehicles. North Carolina, Arizona and Oregon are reviewing similar proposals. Read more about it here.

So what do you do? Pay more for a hybrid than a gas-fueled car and then pay an annual fee? If you live in one of the affected states, you’ll probably want to sidestep this new hybrid tax. That’s why you should you consider some of these non-hybrid cars with great fuel economies. 

If you want to channel your inner hybrid-purist (looking at you Prius and Insight owners) here are some alternatives between 2010 and 2013. We’ve also included the average price drop and average total price drop you can expect on a used car you see on Mojo Motors.

Honda Civic / 2 Price Drops / $530 Total Price Drop

2010 Honda Civic

 If you’re considering a used Honda Insight, you might also like the Honda Fit or the Honda Civic. A used 2010 Civic averages 28 mpg. It’s not the 41 mpg of the 2010 Insight, but it’s not too far behind.

Toyota Corolla / 1 Price Drop / $388 Total Price Drop

2010 Toyota Corolla

Looking at a used Toyota Prius? Consider the Toyota Corolla. The one pictured is a 2010 model. It averages 27 mpg as opposed to the 2010 Prius’ 50 mpg.

Ford Fiesta/ 1 Price Drop / $451 Total Price Drop

2013 Ford Fiesta

You like the Ford C-Max? Check out the fuel efficient Focus or the Fiesta. The 2013 Fiesta gets an average of 33 mpg. The 2013 C-Max gets around 41 mpg. That’s pretty darn close.

Chevrolet Cruze/ 1 Price Drop / $596 Total Price Drop

Chevrolet Cruze

Looking at an electric hybrid like the Chevrolet Volt?  Take a look at the used Chevy Cruze. This is a 2011 model, which averages  30 mpg. The 2011 Volt averages 37 mpg if run on gas only, and 60 mpg if run with half gas and half electric.

Nissan Versa / 1 Price Drop / $565 Total Price Drop

2011 Nissan Versa

Into the Nissan LEAF? Try the Nissan Versa. The 2011 LEAF gets an average of 34 mpg with gas alone and 99 mpg if it runs exclusively on electricity. The Versa hatchback here gets an average of 28 mpg.

Going Green Thumbs Up Hybrid ImageThe moral of this story is that some states might be getting in the way of you, a green-minded, earth loving, thoughtful and amazing human being. Well, the actual moral is that there are a lot of alternatives to paying a premium and potentially a new tax for a fuel-efficient hybrid. Add a couple of these alternatives to your “Follow” list and you may find they’re exactly what you want.

Or, if you can wait a couple of months, consider buying a hybrid car later this year when Edmunds anticipates a surplus of hybrid cars hitting the used car lot.


Written by Sara Price
MPG data from fueleconomy.gov, GM
Photo Source: UPenn, GoingGreenGuy

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