So much has changed within the automotive industry over the last decade that it can seem a completely unfamiliar and foreign scene to some. One of the biggest advancements throughout the industry has been the introduction of hybrid and electric vehicles. When they were first introduced, they were expensive and not very capable, meaning many didn’t give them a second thought. But that’s all changed, as hybrid and electric vehicles are now quite capable, quite popular and not as financially taxing. So, for anyone considering purchasing a new Ford car, truck or SUV from us here at Brandon Ford in Tampa, FL, we decided to take a look at gas-powered engines versus hybrids versus electric vehicles so you’ll have all the information you need to make an informed car-buying decision.
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Gas-powered engines have been around for so long, people know what they’re getting when they purchase one. So, we’re going to instead look at the pros and cons of the other two types of drivetrains. And we’re going to start with hybrids. Ford offers a number of hybrid models, including the 2017 Ford C-MAX Hybrid and the 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid. Hybrid drivetrains are environmentally-friendly, offer superb gas mileage, huge savings on fuel costs, tax breaks and typically have a higher resale value. On the other hand, hybrids are often more expensive than gas-powered models – though not as much as they used to be – and are often more expensive to maintain due to the more advanced and complex systems they utilize. Hybrids are also often less powerful than gas-powered engines, though, again, not as much as they used to be.
Ford also offers a few electric models. These cars are even more environmentally-friendly than hybrids, require no gas at all (and electricity is cheaper than fuel), are easier to maintain and are incredibly efficient. On the con side, electric vehicles are more expensive than gas-powered models, have a shorter driving distance (though it’s getting longer each new model year) and have long recharge times (though it’s getting shorter each model year).
As you can see, each kind of drivetrain has multiple pros and cons that can make it either a good or bad choice for you. It all depends on your circumstances and situation. If you’d like to learn more, please contact our staff here at Brandon Ford in Tampa, FL.