"Everything should eventually come in a Hybrid option..."3.5 starson by jasonbeckett
Pros: Another car option, a normal looking car
Cons: not all that great on MPG, too expensive for the fuel savings
Summary: Eventually, all cars should be available in a more efficient HYBRID version, but buyers need to stop expecting the same performance as a standard car. This CAMRY would perform much better on MPG if Toyota didn’t need to make it go 0-60 in 8 sec.
The major problem with cars like the new CAMRY is that they are too expensive for the fuel economy. If you were to do the math, the money you save in fuel cost would not counter the additional $2,500 sticker price for nearly 7 years. That’s a long time to break even on the supposed “savings of hybrid technology”.
If car makers and the government want to encourage better sales of the HYBRID technology there needs to be a price incentive to do it. A hybrid car should cost less then the “gas guzzling” counterpart. Consumers should feel the savings when they drive off the lot, not 7 years in the future.
I gratefully accept the car makers who are trying to roll out more HYBRID cars, but there is no point in offering a higher priced vehicle that saves a negligible amount of fuel. Before this technology will truly take off, consumers must feel a greater value through ownership.