Just a few years ago, driving a hybrid car used to come across as somewhat pretentious, but that’s no longer the case. Nowadays, more and more folks are seeing the benefits of driving this type of car.
In the following, I’ll outline a few of the pros and cons of driving a hybrid car. Just to give you everyone some background info, I drive a 2014 Volkswagen Jetta, and I couldn’t be happier
The gas mileage!
I used to drive a big, heavy truck. Sure, I paid next to nothing when I bought the huge truck, which was great, but the beast seemed to drink my gas. My fuel economy figures were so embarrassingly low that I don’t even want to talk about them. They were so crummy, though, that I’m able to afford a huge chunk of my new car payment just on the cash I save on gas. My new ride- the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta’s-has the following figures:City/hwy/combined: 42/48/45 mpg. These aren’t the best numbers ever for a hybrid, but they sure beat my truck!
Knowing that I’m helping the environment
It’s cheesy and kind of cliche; I know. But I am happy to no longer be driving my guzzling beast. Also, on top of getting that good feeling, I also really enjoy the turbocharged engine and the great suspension that comes with my ride. It’s a lot of fun!
When you think of hybrids, “affordability” isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind. Everything considered, though, my Jetta was a pretty sweet deal. If you don’t believe me, just click here to see the Kelley Blue Book information. I don’t want to give away exactly what I paid, but it was a great deal.
The gas mileage (again)!
Yes, I said my Jetta’s fuel economy was a pro, but I’d also kind of consider it a con. The reason I say this is because a lot of other hybrids have a lot better numbers than city/hwy/combined: 42/48/45 mpg. However, with that said, I’d still say my Jetta’s numbers are pretty darn good considering the price and how well it handles! You get what you pay for, and the Jetta’s numbers fit well considering it’s price and how well it handles.
Paying attention to the battery
It is kind of weird having to consider if I want to use the battery or straight-up fuel. It takes a little getting used to. Remembering to consider the battery’s charge is also interesting and takes a while to adjust to. Some people may worry about “running out of fuel,” but you’d have to be paying very, very little attention to somehow run out of all power supplies. Just pay attention and you’ll be fine! The Jetta as as a whole just takes some getting used to, but it’s an awesome investment in the long-run.
It’s so quiet!
I guess it’s actually a good thing, but it took some time for me to get used to my new baby running so quietly. Like I said, I’m used to a big ole’ gas guzzler that made a whole lot of ruckus. Now, I drive a quiet, sporty, awesome Jetta. Having a car so quiet is actually awesome, but it sure was a big change for me.
I love driving a hybrid. My car wasn’t super expensive, and I’ve saved quite a bit on gas. Overall, I’d say that buying a hybrid is a great investment for a number of reasons. For more information about the Jetta, click here.