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The website offers fuel costs and MSRP of 18 2012-2013 vehicles

The U.S. government just introduced a new section to its website that allows consumers to compare the payback of certain hybrids and their traditional gasoline counterpart.

The website offers fuel costs and MSRP of 18 2012-2013 vehicles. Consumers simply choose a hybrid model and move the sliders appropriately to see the payback period and fuel savings for that particular vehicle. The calculations are based on fuel prices, city-highway driving percentage and annual miles.

"Based on MSRP and fuel costs alone, hybrid vehicles can save you money versus a comparably equipped conventional vehicle," said

Some of the vehicles available on are the 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid, 2012 Toyota Prius C One, and 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco.

An example of the information that the website offers is a comparison of the 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and the gasoline-powered 2012 Hyundai Sonata SE. According to, the hybrid Sonata costs $2,655 more than the conventional version and takes about 5.1 years to pay back.

The government is certainly looking to push consumers toward more fuel efficient vehicles, especially with the White House's recent proposed 54.5 MPG CAFE requirement for 2017-2025 model year vehicles. This standard would save customers $6,600 at the gas pump for the lifetime of a 2025 vehicle.


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What about insurance?
By vol7ron on 5/21/2012 11:14:57 PM , Rating: 1
Owning a hybrid not only costs more up front, it also comes with higher insurance costs because if you do get in an accident, it will cost more to repair your vehicle. I doubt that was considered as well.

Also what about disposal fees when you're ready to junk the vehicle. I'm guessing there are probably some EPA restrictions on how you can dispose of those batteries.

RE: What about insurance?
By Dr of crap on 5/22/2012 8:26:43 AM , Rating: 1
You won't keep the car that long.
After 5-6 years you fork over another chuck of money for another over priced hybrid.

You have to keep in current styling and with the NEW technology! PLEASE!

RE: What about insurance?
By JediJeb on 5/23/2012 11:14:52 AM , Rating: 2
I guess I will never get a hybrid then, I like to keep my vehicles at least 10 years. Current one I have been driving for 16 years, drive it long enough and maybe like cloths it will come back into styling fashion.

RE: What about insurance?
By Motoman on 5/22/2012 10:25:32 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, insurance companies are dropping insurance rates for hybrids and EVs.

Turns out that the only people who buy them are the kind of people who perpetually drive 10MPH under the speed limit and sit at stop signs waving other people through so they don't have to navigate the scary intersection with other cars in play.

"Young lady, in this house we obey the laws of thermodynamics!" -- Homer Simpson

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