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ROAD & TRAVEL Environmentally Friendly: Hybrid Cost of OwnershipAll 2006 Hybrid Models Beat Total Cost of Ownership
Over Traditional Gas Vehicle Models

A recent survey reveal that the twenty-two hybrid vehicles currently on the market save their owners more money than the traditional gas-guzzling vehicles in respective classes.

Contrary to skeptics and critics, hybrid repair and maintenance costs haven't proven to be higher than those of other vehicles.

Interestingly, James Bell, publisher of IntelliChoice.com and administrator of the survey, discovered that all hybrids on the market have a better total cost of ownership (TCO) over the short period of five years (or 70,000 miles) than those vehicles against which they compete.

"With the number of hybrids now on the market, the end of 2006 was an opportune time to examine the cost performance of each hybrid model with respect to the rest of the vehicles in their peer group," said Bell.

Aside from lower fuel costs, other factors playing a role in hybrids' cost performance are better-than-expected depreciation and resale value. Also, contrary to skeptics and critics, repair and maintenance costs haven't proven to be higher than those of other traditional vehicles.

"Up to now," Bell added, "The Prius has been the darling of the hybrid set, and it remains our highest rated value for hybrid vehicles. But this survey validates the cost performance of the other many hybrid models that are currently on the market."

Here's how the costs of owning a hybrid added up:

Brand

Model

Trim

Expected Cost

Actual Cost

Toyota

Prius

 

33305

19896

Honda

Civic

Hybrid(Auto)

31595

23268

Honda

Civic

Hybrid w/Nav(Auto)

32843

24891

Toyota

Highlander

Hybrid 2WD

44841

34038

Lexus

RX 400h

2WD

54121

41472

Lexus

RX 400h

AWD

55509

42681

Toyota

Highlander

Hybrid 4WD

45868

35690

Lexus

RX 400h

AWD(Original Version)

57231

45640

Toyota

Highlander

Hybrid Limited 2WD

48409

38902

Ford

Escape

Hybrid 2WD

39361

32188

Toyota

Highlander

Hybrid Limited 4WD

49436

40522

Mercury

Mariner

Hybrid

41349

34331

Ford

Escape

Hybrid 4WD

40839

34696

Honda

Accord

Hybrid

40803

34706

Honda

Insight

(Manual)

28724

24755

Honda

Insight

AC(Auto)

30354

26424

Honda

Insight

AC(Manual)

29690

26212

Honda

Accord

Hybrid w/Nav System

42305

37411

Chevrolet

Silverado

LT Hybrid 2WD*

42840

39377

GMC

Sierra

SLE Hybrid 2WD*

43041

39709

Chevrolet

Silverado

LT Hybrid 4WD*

45345

42260

GMC

Sierra

SLE Hybrid 4WD*

45824

42884

* All trim lines 1500 Extended Cab (Source: IntelliChoice)

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