The Toyota Prius marked the beginning of practical hybrids. As versatile as it is green, the Prius can accommodate an eco-friendly family of five inside its spacious interior without sacrificing performance. If you’re interested in saving money and the environment, going electric could be the best option for you. Here are a few reasons why the Toyota Prius is the best green car on the market.
Superior Fuel and Energy Efficiency
The U.S Department of Energy estimates a 2013 Toyota Prius offers 51 mpg in the city and 48 mpg on highways. The cost of driving a Prius 25 miles is less than $2, ranking it as one of the most fuel efficient vehicles on the market. Newer Toyota Prius models include an energy monitor that indicates when the car is running low on battery, reports NBC News. Also, if having to plug in your car at the end of the day concerns you, know that you have two options. The Toyota Prius Plug-in can be plugged in and driven in EV mode for longer distances and is ideal for those who take many short trips and have access to plug-in stations around their city. A hybrid Toyota Prius is best for those who take longer trips and can’t or don’t want to plug in their vehicle but still want an environmentally friendly mode of transportation.
A Green Movement Investment
As an eco-friendly shopper you want to spend as much as you can to help Mother Nature while at the same time staying within your budget. The cost of a Toyota Prius depends largely on the model you choose, where you live and your insurer. Autoblog reports a Prius can be purchased for as little as $21,000, while Drivetime Charlotte lists a 2008 Toyota Prius at less than $14,000. Depending on your Prius’ price tag and the fluctuating price on gasoline, you can expect to earn your initial investment on fuel savings in about five years. However, you can expect to see results of your investment in the green movement much sooner. When you buy a Prius, you decrease gas dependency, improve the quality of our environment and set the tone for future automobile technology.
Minimal Maintenance and Part Replacement
A Toyota Prius’ hybrid drivetrain might seem high-maintenance. Fortunately, the amount of upkeep this vehicle needs is minimal and, like any other car, only needs regular tune-ups and oil changes. While many skeptics mention the high cost of parts (specifically battery packs), advances in hybrid technology have decreased the chances of part failure, according to Edmunds.com. Furthermore, all hybrid-specific components currently on the market have an eight or ten year warranty, depending on the state. And if that’s not enough to convince you, battery prices have lowered dramatically in the past years, from approximately $2,400 to $1,700.