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The allure of hybrids are clear, they save you money on gas, they’re better for the environment, and over time, they can save you on operating costs. Still, it is important to understand how hybrids work before running to the dealership. Here at TriState Auto Champs we want to make car buying easy, read below for the basics on hybrids. The first thing to note is hybrids run on both electric and gasoline power. Traditional vehicles run solely on gasoline, electric cars run solely on electric, and hybrids run on a mix of both. Conventional hybrids deliver an average of 40-50 mpg and operate with a self-charging battery. There are plug-in models that have larger batteries which allow the car to run short-range trips on all electric power. The gas range on these models vary but often perform better than the self-charging models. All electric cars need to be charged to run, however, a single charge can give a range of anywhere from 70 to 260 miles, depending on the brand. A hybrid will always be more expensive than its gasoline powered counterpart, sometimes up to 20 percent more expensive. The cheapest models start around $20,000 while the most high-end models can be upwards of $100,000. To compensate for these high costs, many are eligible for federal and state tax credits. For those who need a lot of cargo space, a hybrid may not be the best option. A conventional sedan can lose between three to five cubic feet of trunk space to accommodate the necessary battery pack. The larger hybrid SUVs store batteries under the cargo floor, leaving trunk storage space but reducing overall payload capacity. Newer hybrids are getting more adept at minimizing compromises in passenger and trunk storage, however losing space will continue to be an issue as well as payload capacity. There have been significant advancements to hybrid cars, especially as they become more popular on the market. Brands like Toyota and Honda offer affordable options with brands like BMW and Tesla promising a more luxurious ride. Most manufacturers offer extended warranties on hybrid parts, with up to eight years of protection guaranteed on things like batteries. Most hybrids produced on the market today provide the same tech upgrades their gasoline equivalent offers. The same goes for built-in safety technology and other convenience features. The one thing people should check is the safety scores produced the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Earlier models of hybrids were more likely to catch fire should a collision occur; newer models have eliminated this faulty happenstance, yet checking the rating is always a good idea. Whether you want a hybrid or gasoline powered model, TriState Auto Champs will take care of all your car-buying needs today. Make sure you get the best price on car possible, reach out to our auto-concierge service today.