7 Hybrids That Save You the Most Money on Gas
Some of these hybrid cars, trucks, and SUVs pay for themselves right from the first fill-up, CR’s analysis shows
More and more cars, SUVs, and even pickup trucks are now available as hybrids. With a mix of a gas engine and a battery-electric powerplant, they offer serious fuel economy benefits and significant savings—especially at today’s gas prices.
Hybrid versions of new cars tend to cost more than gas-only versions, and it used to take several years for a hybrid’s fuel savings to make up for the difference in sticker price.
But those payback periods are changing—and fast—due to less-expensive hybrids and more-expensive gas. For example, the hybrid versions of the Ford Maverick pickup and Lexus NX SUV now have lower manufacturer suggested retail prices (MSRPs) than their comparably equipped non-hybrid versions. And sky-high gas prices mean that even a modest increase in mpg can translate into real savings at the pump over a short period of time.