So I just did the math on a Hybrid and have come to the conclusion that are an utter waste of money. Here's the math
A Ford Fusion will get a combined MPG of 28.5 SEL
A Ford Fusion Hybrid (which is an SEL fusion with a Hybrid engine) will get 38.5
Assuming $4 a gallon which at the moment it isn't but favors the Hybrid at those numbers.
For every 1,000 miles speaking strictly along the lines of average the SEL will cost you $140 to run.
The Hybrid will cost you $105 to run.
So what are the prices? Well first off we won't even talk about rebates or discounts because on the Fusion they are about $3,000 on the Hybrid $500 instead focus PURELY on base price.
The base price of a SEL in my system is about 23.6
The Base price of a Hybrid is 26.8
Now remember there are big rebates on a 2010 Fusion too, but none really on the Hybrid.
That's a cost difference of $3,200 at a savings of $35 per 1,000 miles your going have to own that Hybrid for 91,420 miles.
Adjusting the figures to the average national price of $2.80 it'd take you 123,000 miles.
So do us a favor and don't jump on the Hybrid bangwagon cause it just don't make any sense.
Taking into account current rebate that pushes the figure up to the 200,000 mile mark.