Small Car Comparison – Sip Gas, Save Cash
Can driving a hybrid really save you money over a conventional small car? We run the numbers on five popular small cars and the Toyota Prius.
Fuel economy ratings may sell cars these days, but it’s really just one piece of a much larger puzzle that determines the cost to own and drive a car. According to IntelliChoice, the true cost includes depreciation, financing, insurance, state fees, maintenance and repairs, and of course, fuel. We’ve used these numbers to calculate a total cost of ownership over a five-year period with 14,000 miles of driving each year in order to determine which of our test cars offers the best value. Is it worth sacrificing top-of-the-ladder fuel economy ratings for a bargain price? Or is hybrid technology the end-all for the fuel and money frugal? Here’s what it takes to own these five subcompacts and one miserly hybrid.