The cost of gasoline has risen over 250% in the last 10 years. Due to the high cost of oil which in turn is increasing the cost of gasoline, many people are beginning to turn towards Hybrids as an alternative to gasoline powered vehicles. Since many Hybrids are now claiming to get 49-53 mpg for gas this in turn means fewer trips to the gas station, thus less money spent on gas. Comparing fuel economy, cost, and operating expenses between Hybrid vehicles and gasoline powered vehicle are mitigating factors towards purchasing a new Hybrid vehicle.
The first difference between 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid and gasoline powered 2009 Ford Focus S model vehicle is fuel economy. According to Car Seekers web site, the 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid gives you between 40 miles per gallon in the city and 45 miles per gallon on the highway by utilizing an electric motor combined with a 1.3L 110hp I4 gasoline powered engine. In contrast, the 2009 Ford Focus S model fuel efficiency rating is between 24 mpg in the city and 35 on the highway and comes with a two-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers 140 horsepower at 6,000 rpms. Both cars are offered as compact sedan type vehicles with impressive styling and high-quality materials and design standards.
Another factor in the difference between 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid and gasoline powered 2009 Ford Focus S model vehicles are the cost of the vehicles. The 2009 Civic Hybrid fall between $23,650 and $26,750 with an estimated depreciation of $2,949.00 for the first year. Inside of the cabin, everything seems very well-placed and the materials are excellent quality. The vehicle has substantial cargo space and general spaciousness that will please all passengers. The 2009 Ford Focus S model on the other hand, has a starting price at $19,035 with two additional models ranging from $24,345 to $25,605.00. The S model has an approximate depreciation for the first year of $2,403. The inside seems well laid out, with an instrument panel that is easier to read than most and has seating for five (four comfortably).
The third difference between the 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid and gasoline powered 2009 Ford Focus S model vehicle is operating expenses. The estimated ownership cost for the first year of the 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid is $993 for fuel and $106.00 for maintenance. There is no repair information available, at this time, for the first year of ownership per Internet Auto guide. At the five year mark of ownership, Internet Auto guide estimates the cost for fuel at $1,492.00, maintenance at $336.00, repairs to be estimated at $293.00, and depreciation at $1,493.00. The estimated operating cost for the 2009 Ford Focus S model for fuel for the first year is $1,763.00, and maintenance of $78.00. At this time there is no repair information available for the first year of ownership per Internet Auto guide. By the fifth year of ownership, Internet Auto guide estimates the cost for fuel of $2,650.00, maintenance of $219.00, repairs estimated at $378.00, and depreciation at $1685.00.
The beauty of the hybrid car is that it has the advantages of the gasoline powered car and none of the disadvantages associated with the gasoline powered car. The gasoline powered cars have become expensive to run with the ever increasing price of gas, while Hybrid cars use the power from the gas engine to re-charge the battery during operation. Thus, hybrid cars can be driven for longer distances without the need to stop. To help with this initial cost, and to encourage people to buy hybrids, the United States Government offers many incentives and tax breaks. You may want to read many reviews, compare and contrast data, and use that information, to determine which hybrid car best fits your requirements.