Hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric vehicles (EVs) provide energy-efficient transportation while lowering emissions, diminishing noise, and reducing operating costs. According to a Consumer Reports study, EVs cost less to fuel and are cheaper to repair and maintain than comparable gasoline-powered models. But electrified vehicles—hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and EVs—are different from gasoline models, so it’s important to understand the advantages and disadvantages of each before choosing your next vehicle.

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Hybrids/EVs Buying Guide

Fluctuations in gas prices can often shift your priorities to focus on operating costs, and regulations are requiring progressive increases in fuel economy for new vehicles, encouraging the development of thrifty cars and alternative powertrains. As a result, hybrid, plug-in, and pure-electric cars are showing up in almost all vehicle categories, cutting energy costs and reducing petroleum consumption.