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Standard Car vs. Hybrid Cars: Check What Is the Ideal Car for You

Updated on April 15, 2019
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When spending money, it’s either done on impulse or after a long and careful planning. Buying a car is the latter. It will involve a lot of reading, asking, and saving. This is totally normal especially since most of us would like to get the best one out there in terms of vehicle safety, interior specifications, and cost.


Most car buyers will agree that before the car purchase, a lot of questions were raised. This includes common questions such as is it better to get a Sedan or an SUV? Or is buying a second-hand car worth it or is it more advisable to buy a brand new car? One important question that should also be asked is: Which is better, hybrid cars or standard cars?


There are many types of hybrid and standard cars out there which will contribute to some confusion. Here some discussions on their differences and what they can bring to the table for you.

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#1: Why is choosing the ideal car so important?


Whether we are talking about a Sedan or an SUV, a brand new one or a second-hand vehicle, a car purchase is one of the important decisions any one person will be making in their life. This purchase is an investment that will involve a lot of heavy planning that most veteran car buyers will agree with.

The first and obvious reason why choosing the ideal car is important is because we’re talking about a purchase. In terms of cars, purchases will definitely involve a lot of money. From the initial payment up until the costs of maintenance, choosing the ideal car means being able to find one that fits the budget.


Another reason why it’s important? Practicality. This means the car we will be purchasing is going to be able to meet our needs. If we are talking about car buyers who are parents, an obvious need is safety and seating capacity. If we are talking about drivers and business owners, performance and mileage should be in tip-top shape.


For first-time buyers, there will be differing articles about what to consider when buying a car. An important rule of thumb is to always align with your budget and your needs.


#2: Difference between standard cars and hybrid cars


As discussed earlier, there are a lot of factors to consider when talking about buying a car. Questions of costs, car specifications, and even car design come into play. Amidst a lot of these usual questions, one thing you might have come across is the advantage and disadvantage between getting a hybrid car versus getting a standard car.

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Hybrid cars are called that way because of the way they function. In terms of propulsion, these kinds of vehicles combine petrol or diesel engine with an electric motor hence the term hybrid. This feature produces several differences with vehicles that only function using either a petrol or diesel engine.


One major difference between hybrid cars and standard cars is in terms of fuel efficiency. Since hybrid cars also use electric motors in order to function, these types of vehicles save more gas compared to their counterparts. In fact, the best hybrid cars like the Ford Fusion hybrid has an improved fuel economy of up to 34 miles per gallon.


If you are a consumer that is very active in trying live a more sustainable lifestyle, one key difference of hybrid cars compared to gas cars is their environmental impact. What makes hybrid cars good for the environment is that they produce less harmful gas emissions from burning gas. They also have lesser toxins and pollutants compared to petrol or diesel engine only powered cars.

Standard cars, as the name suggests, simply means having the ‘standard’ way of propulsion — either through using a petrol engine or a diesel engine. Having this feature will mean differences compared to hybrid cars.


While hybrid cars are more fuel efficient, standard cars will cost you less when we are talking about the initial purchase price. Since standard cars do not have the more complex technology of hybrid cars, the cost of a standard car versus a hybrid car will demand less pressure on your wallet and budget. Add that to the fact that not a lot of companies produce hybrid cars, standard cars will be cheaper by virtue of it having more manufacturers.


Besides that, the best standard cars are better at long-duration travels as compared to hybrid cars. In fact, diesel cars can be kept running for more than two hundred thousand miles even while using up less gas than the unleaded gas-powered types of cars.

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#3: Choosing your car based on the pros and cons

By now, it is already clear that there are a lot of advantages and disadvantages of a hybrid car versus that of a petrol or diesel engine only powered car. The benefits that both hybrid cars and standard cars bring to the table are ultimately debatable. In order to come to a conclusion as to what you will be buying, you will have to depend on what you will be needing from the vehicle.

If you are a student or buying for a student, then you would need a car that can get you to and from school while not paying too much. Considering the initial purchase price, the cost of a standard car versus a hybrid car will definitely be lower and is going to be the best fit for you.


If you are a parent and is considering having a long-term vehicle for you and your growing family, then the fuel efficiency of hybrid cars will be a plus for you since this will mean lesser spending on gas in the future. If you are a business owner and you need a work vehicle, buying a hybrid car will mean lower company car taxes which will lessen your expenses.


In conclusion, both hybrid cars and standard cars have their respective pros and cons. In the important phase of planning, researching, and saving, it is crucial that you know what your needs are (and that they are not outweighed by your wants) so that you can make sure you get the most ideal car for you.

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      Larry Slawson 

      5 weeks ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for the breakdown between the two. Very interesting.

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