23 April 2005
Cost-vs.-benefit ratio, from Undercaffeinated:
Honda Accord LX V-6 - $23,950; average MPG - 25
Honda Accord Hybrid V6 - $30,140; average MPG - 33
If you put 15,000 miles on your car a year, and gas costs about $2 a gallon, the hybrid saves you $300/yr.
It would take over 20 years to make the difference back.
Which is true, though there are other considerations: the Accord Hybrid does have some standard features which are optional on the LX, which narrows the price difference, and unlike Honda's implementation on the Civic, the Accord Hybrid actually offers a performance improvement.
But the numbers speak for themselves, which is why I think the ultimate beneficiary of hybrids will be turn the Irony knob up to at least 9 sport-utility vehicles: pushing 12 mpg up to 20 is a lot more of an improvement to one's pocketbook than pushing 25 up to 33. (Over 600 miles, this theoretical hybrid SUV saves 20 gallons of gas; the Accord saves a little less than six.)
Still, if your primary need is to feel clean and green, there's no substitute for the Toyota Prius, which screams "I CARE!" at every gas station it passes, and whose factory FM radio has never been tuned away from NPR.Posted at 10:20 AM to Driver's Seat , Family Joules