Hybrid cars have less and less to do with fiction and more with real life. This is evidenced by the numerous offers of both new and used cars of this type on the market. Today, the most affordable hybrids are more technological than conventional cars and can easily compete with them for the price.
New hybrid cars
Among the officially introduced in Ukraine are the cheapest hybrid models of Japanese, Korean and American production. Only two hybrid cars with a price up to $ 30,000 can be conditionally available among the new ones, because there are simply no offers in the ranges of 20-25 thousand.
- The KIA Niro is a compact crossover with a combined powerplant, which can be purchased for $ 25-30 thousand. The model is equipped with a 1.6-liter gasoline engine with an auxiliary drive, a six-speed automatic transmission, has a front drive and consumes less than four liters of fuel per 100 km.
- Toyota Corolla is a modern, stylish and reliable Japanese car. It has a 1.8-liter engine at the core, but thanks to hybrid technology, consumes the same 4L per 100km.
Used Hybrid Cars
Much more affordable are used hybrid cars. In fact, with only a few thousand dollars in hand, you can buy a truly technological and reliable car from a reputable manufacturer.
- Toyota Prius - an old Prius, who is about twenty years old, can be purchased for between five and six thousand US dollars. You won't get anything special in terms of comfort or design for that money, but even with 200,000 miles, the combined powerplant of a 1.5-liter gasoline engine and electric motor will still remain completely reliable and with a large residual life.
Particular attention should be paid to the condition of the batteries when selecting used hybrid cars. Always consult a specialist in electric vehicles and hybrids who are able to perform a complete diagnosis.
- Honda Civic . It is widely represented on the secondary market of Ukraine. Almost all hybrid cars of this model are imported from the USA, where they were purchased at auctions after an accident or other insurances. In the case of minor damage and quality repair, Sivik promises to be a trouble-free machine for a long time. Available hybrid versions of different generations cost the same as the old Prius ($ 5000-6000). Siviki is equipped with gasoline engines with a displacement of 1.3-1.4 liters with an auxiliary electric motor.
- Honda CR-Z. A relatively "fresh" hatchback, released after 2010 and with a mileage of about 100,000 km. available for $ 7000-8000. The car is not suitable for large families, but it can be an inexpensive and interesting option for all others in terms of reliability, adaptability and non-trivial design. The car is equipped with a combined power unit with a 1.5-liter gasoline engine. It is capable of consuming about 4.5l / 100km in the city.
- Honda Insight. A good option is to buy a practical Japanese family car hybrid for $ 7000-9000. For the money, the buyer will get a car with a low mileage, 1.3-liter gasoline and an auxiliary electric motor, as well as a spacious interior. Insight is not just a modified version of a regular model, but a one hundred percent "hybrid" created from the beginning.
- Toyota Camry . For 8000-10000 USD you can buy a large and comfortable Japanese sedan with a combined power unit (2,4-gasoline + electric). For this money the buyer will get a car with a significant, but not critical for this model mileage (more than 200 thousand km.). Hybrid technology consumes just 6.5 liters of fuel per 100 km.
- The Nissan Altima is another example of an inexpensive (up to $ 10,000) representative hybrid. A 2.5-liter gasoline-engined car with a very spacious and comfortable interior consumes no more than 8l / 100km in urban mode.
- The Volkswagen Jetta is another attractive and popular "alternative" model in the up to $ 10,000 segment. The 1.4 liter internal combustion engine and electric motor version is truly dynamic and economical (about 5l / 100km in the city).
- Ford Fusion is a large sedan, popular in the United States, and recently in Ukraine. Just a comfortable and economical car. Options with low mileage and good market condition are enough.
- The Honda Jazz is a compact, one-volume hybrid from Honda, extremely comfortable in the city. It is equipped with a 1.3-liter gasoline engine and 7-speed automatic. The 2013-2014 variant with low mileage and in excellent condition is really worth the $ 10,000 purchase.
LeoDrive offers a hybrid car rental in Lviv. Our fleet is formed by Japanese crossovers Toyota RAV4. We are ready to provide information on how to rent such cars by phone or directly in our office.