The Best Hybrid and Electric Cars for 2015

You have people who want to have an electric car and also have only one car. To have an electric car as your primary car could potentially be problematic because maybe you get a call out of the blue that says you’ve got to go to your relative who’s just gotten sick, and they live 200 miles away, and you don’t have time to try to get on a plane; you need to get in a car and go.

No electric car short of the Tesla can go 200 miles. Even the Tesla, if you had to go and come back quickly and you couldn’t find a supercharger in between that 200 mile roundtrip or 400 mile roundtrip, you’d be in trouble there. So that’s one example.

Then you have people who are fine with having their hybrid electric vehicle as a second or third car because they’ve got a conventional gasoline engine. You’ve got people who live in the city, you’ve got people who live out in the country.

You really have to make sure you match your driving needs to the vehicle you’re getting in general, and that particularly is important when you buy a hybrid or electric car, because if you don’t do that, you’re either going to be out of gas or you’re going to be getting charged on the side of the road and having to be picked up by a wrecker.
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  • Steven Ward

    The cost advantage of owning an EV isn't just because it doesn't use gasoline. It's also because it will never need an oil change, a tune-up, or a timing belt. The motor will usually outlast the rest of the car. It will never have a transmission problem or a broken water pump or have a radiator leak. The brakes can last twice as long due to regenerative braking. And if you always charge at home, you'll never have to detour to a gas station on your way to work.

  • Bobbi Clinger

    @GeorgeMcKean – We go 1,250+ miles on 13 gallons of gas in our Ford C-Max Energi PHEV. Fill ups are once a month this time of year.

  • Bobbi Clinger

    You guys missed so many cars! I own a C-Max Energi PHEV. Awesome car! No range anxiety. Prius Plug in offers way too little in range. Tesla is awesome..can't wait for the Model 3. For now, this is what we can afford to do. Would love a look at the Kia Soul EV, but it's only available in limited markets. You guys failed to mention that. So much missing here!

  • paul whittaker

    You got it right , the Prius is still the king , it's not a drivers car it's a car you can get into and no it will get anywhere all the time and every time and not go wrong

    

  • George McKean

    I prefer the Prius with its nearly 600 mile range on a little over 10 gallons of petrol.  Also, the Prius has a ridiculously reliable track record.

  • John Benton

    The simple answer to having to travel 200 miles is go by train! (or in USA possibly air!)

  • John Benton

    Hybrid cars are great, but the bottom line is they are simply postponing the inevitable. Battery-electric is the real deal. There is no other type of transport that can run on sunshine. (Except possibly narrow boats on canals if you don't mind sticking to 4mph!)

  • Martin Smith

    What a fascinating piece.  They managed to cover three entire vehicles.  Three!

  • Rick Masters

    If I get a call out of the blue and have to drie there, I rent a car. D'oh!

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