What are the Pros and Cons of Hybrid Cars?

2022 BMW X5 xDrive45e charging

As more manufacturers dip a toe into the world of hybrid and electric cars, you’ll surely notice more and more of them on the roads of Redmond. A big question on plenty of local residents’ minds is this: “Are hybrid cars worth it?” And moreover, “Are hybrid cars good at all?” The team at BMW Seattle is here to dive into these questions and cover the differences between hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars below. Keep reading and be sure to contact us via our online portal if you have any additional questions.

Hybrid vs. Plug-In Hybrid: What’s the Difference?

When hybrids like the Toyota Prius came out in the early 2000’s, they set a standard of function that the modern hybrid has stuck to for a while now. The traditional hybrid, we’ll call it, used systems like regenerative braking and excess engine power to recharge a battery.

However, in the last couple of years, a new type of hybrid vehicle – the plug-in hybrid – came onto the scene. These vehicles can be plugged into a charging station to recharge the battery at the owner’s convenience. This type of powertrain is found in the 2022 BMW X5 and other BMW vehicles. 

What are the Benefits of Hybrid Cars?

Why buy a hybrid vehicle? Well, if the following benefits of hybrid cars aren’t enough to convince you, give us a call at 833-371-0804 and we’ll chat about them:

  • Energy Efficiency: Making use of both electric and fossil fuel technologies, hybrid vehicles are able to maximize the efficiency of both. 
  • Ownership Costs: To the joy of Bellevue drivers, there’s a wide range of price points and configurations, including budget friendly hybrid options. Not only that, the money saved on fuel and charging will go back in your pocket, too!
  • Diverse Variety: Hybrid vehicles used to be typically small, compact vehicles that made use of a smaller design for better fuel economy. New technology allows for hybrids to come in all shapes and sizes!

Potential Cons of Hybrid Cars

  • Price: Hybrid cars, trucks, and SUVs typically cost more than the average gas-powered vehicle.
  • Maintenance Costs: Hybrid vehicles can tend to need less maintenance, but when something does go wrong with the electrical components or battery, it can be expensive to fix.
  • Hybrid Emissions: While hybrid cars do put out less harmful emissions, it still puts them out nonetheless. Consider switching to an all electric vehicle like the BMW i4.

BMW Hybrid and EV Models

So are hybrid cars good? Are hybrid cars worth it? We think so! If you’re interested in pursuing a more eco-friendly vehicle, explore BMW hybrid and electric vehicles like:

Plug-In Hybrids

  • BMW 7 Series Plug-In Hybrid
  • BMW 3 Series Plug-In Hybrid
  • BMW 5 Series Plug-In Hybrid
  • BMW X5 Plug-In Hybrid

Electric Vehicles

  • BMW iX
  • BMW i4

Find Your Next Vehicle at BMW Seattle

Now that you know the benefits of hybrid cars and some potential pitfalls of the modern hybrid vehicle, it’s time to form your own opinion with a test drive of a new BMW hybrid vehicle! Are hybrid cars good? Decide for yourself today! Our team is located in Seattle, just a short trip from Seattle, and we’re looking forward to scheduling your test drive and chatting with you today.

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