Hybrids vs. Fuel Sippers

When you're buying a new or used car, one of the most important considerations is the fuel economy. Gas prices keep going up and MPG's can play a big part when narrowing down your selection. Hybrids are becoming more and more popular, but there are also all-gas models called "fuel sippers" that get premium gas mileage of better than 30 MPG combined. Both have benefits and drawbacks that should be taken in to consideration before purchasing.

Hybrid Benefits

{}* Lower emissions than gas powered cars.

{}* Hybrids get great gas mileage, so you'll save money at the pump.

{}* Maintenance cost is typically low.

Fuel Sipper Benefits

{}* Lower cost.

{}* Larger selection of cars to choose from.

{}* Typically better performance capabilities than hybrids.

Hybrid Drawbacks

{}* Typically more expensive than gas powered vehicles.

{}* Hybrids are lighter than conventional cars and can be more susceptible to damage in an accident.

{}* Not much acceleration power.

{}* While considered a "green" vehicle, there is a significant amount of pollution that comes from manufacturing hybrids.

Fuel Sipper Drawbacks

{}* More maintenance issues.

{}* Limited fuel efficiency.

{}* Regular fill-ups lead to a higher gas expense.

{}* Harmful to the environment.

More than 100 different kinds of hybrids, electric and plug-in cars are expected to be on the road by 2015. While this gives potential buyers plenty of options for choosing a hybrid vehicle, there is still an argument to be made for the acceleration and lower initial price of a gas-powered car. It's up to you to determine whether a hybrid is the right vehicle for your lifestyle.