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Gas, Hybrid, Diesel, Electric: What Do They Cost Over 5 Yrs?

GCR -- What will that car really cost over, say, five years of ownership? We've done the math for you on five different cars, all of them significant models in the market.

1. 2012 Chevrolet Cruze Eco - 28 city/42 highway/33 combined (MPG)
Price $19,325 - Gas $8,500 over 5 years - TOTAL $27,825

2. 2012 Toyota Prius - 51/48/50 combined (MPG)
Price $23,015 - Gas $5,750 over 5 years - TOTAL $28,765

3. 2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI - 30/42/34 combined (MPG)
Price $22,775 - Diesel $9,000 over 5 years - TOTAL $31,775

4. 2012 Nissan Leaf - 106/92/99 combined (MPG equivalent)
Price $35,200 - Electricity $3,000 over 5 years - TOTAL $38,200

5. 2012 Chevrolet Volt - Electric: 95/93/94 combined (MPG equivalent); Gas: 36/37/36 combined (MPG)
Price $39,145 - Prem gas $8,250 - Electricity $3,250 - TOTAL $42,395


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Submitted Mar 14, 2012 By: Jumpmaster82
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hybridaholic
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 9:29:18 PM

After reading some of the past post, I am happy to announce that Neanderthal Man is still living among us on GasBuddy.
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nykklesaver
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 9:24:26 PM

What about the maintence costs? How do they compare?
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DeeLA
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 9:24:25 PM

Enlightening. Thanks.
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Dsin44
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 9:23:53 PM

good to see costs lined up that way.. wonder what 10 yr comparison looks like
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JagXKR
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 9:22:41 PM

I love the joke of electric and the joke of people that like these golf carts. Mostly tree hugging, left wing, commie, hippie, green, eco terrorists. Lots of them on the west coast like Vancouver. Those people should just keep eating their kelp and let real intelligence do the work of the real world. Although my penis will not disappear I would have to get a frontal lobotomy in order to stomach the fact that I was driving the WRONG technology for the future.
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hagar2935
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 9:21:51 PM

As usual, anything that is supported by GOVERNMENT subsidies COSTS MORE AND is less realistic in operating cost-effectiveness. It took $250,000 PER VEHICLE in US subsidies to build the VOLT and it is proving to not be worth the "investment" except as a re-election political move by Obama!

NOBAMA2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 9:20:40 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 9:15:49 PM

They all sound overpriced, especially the electric ones.
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ProRogue
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 9:15:27 PM


The reactions to these articles never ceases to amaze me.. Mention the words "electric" or "hybrid" and people (read: men) lose their minds.

Your penis will NOT disappear if you drive an electric car. I promise.
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 9:11:44 PM

Interesting.
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ok
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No impressed!!
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:56:34 PM

Interesting. But still need more info.
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:56:19 PM

Real world fuel mileage numbers for the TDI diesel are much higher. I get 55 mpg in my TDI diesel, 50 mpg combined.
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:55:05 PM

good info
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:51:50 PM

To Expensive For Me...
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:51:31 PM

An economical vehicle running on regular getting around 40 mpg is definitely cheaper to own and operate
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:51:17 PM

Not interested.
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:47:14 PM

JoeSki1, If you would buy a Prius, buy the base model ($24,000) and add any options after, the ones you really want. as 90% of options on them are put on by the dealer once they come off the truck, including fog lamps, remote start, heated seats, tinted windows, paint protection, XM radio, etc;

[Edited by: DrivingFool2 at 3/14/2012 8:47:56 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:47:02 PM

interesting
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melvindale
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:44:49 PM

This article did NOT show cost of ownership.

Unless you throw a car away after 5 years.

They need to subtract the recovery price when you sell the car. Or to simplify, they could have just used lease rates to compare.

When this is added in, the Cruze will be much lower in the list. Who is on top? Who knows, I can't see the future. That is where leasing comes in - they do the look-see into the future for you. If they're wrong, they lose - not you.
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:44:02 PM

wow 10,000 less and i don't worry about warrenty
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:43:55 PM

Looks like it just depends on what kind of car you can afford to buy.
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:43:20 PM

These numbers do not include the insurance, the upkeep and the learning curve of the mechanics working on these vehicles.
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:42:55 PM

more than that
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:36:37 PM

If Der Fuhrer Obama is re-elected it will be mandatory we all drive a volt.
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:34:28 PM

If you can't get gas easily like in 1973 the it outweighs the cost.
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:34:01 PM

many cars ,many answer...what was the question? oh yes, when are gas prices coming down?
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:33:48 PM

I'd rather drive a decently equipped VOLT (sans the white accents)over a chevy cruze eco anyday...

the Prius is a better vehicle than the cruze in my eye anyway, but the ones I looked at were 33K equipped with leather and alloys....

so I bought the Civic HB for 25K and had some green left for the candy too...

and still get about 39 MPG even with my Supercharged V6 right foot...

[Edited by: Joeski1 at 3/14/2012 8:34:03 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:32:56 PM

And gasoline still wins!!!
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:32:31 PM

TO MUCH
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:30:26 PM

a lot
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What about the interest paid on the loan?
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:28:15 PM

I've driven just about everything out there, from Echo, to H2,H3, Escalades, Limos, Porches, Ferrari, Prius, Honda's, Ford's, some Chrysler products, Mercedes, Beamers, Vw's, Diesel's up to semis but including Silverados, F-150 F-250, F-350, manuals, automatics, CVT's and combination transmissions, Smart cars, cheap cars and cars that have a sticker price close to a third of a million dollars.
A vehicle, any vehicle, is worth to the owner what he expects it is worth. Most people love what they drive (I drive personally a large SUV and a Prius), and a large percentage will buy again what they own. (I would and I have)
As they say, "Different strokes for different folks". I have numerous 'favorite cars and trucks', many of them no longer made. Everyone is different and everyone has their favorite type, brand, model, and engineering.

Enjoy the Ride
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:27:27 PM

Boy the Chevy Volt is a real cash saver! NOT!!!
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Walk it will save a ton of cash.
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:23:29 PM

Ok.
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Glad I don't drive a hummer.
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Okay
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ok
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:17:04 PM

for that size car it looks like the cruze wins, and the volt still comes up a looser
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:16:10 PM

eco is a religion, not based on repeatable facts. people buy them to feel good.
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:15:18 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:07:37 PM

doesn't take into account the size/quality of the car itself....
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Gas is king.
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Not always greener ....
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Maintenance on a Prius,??? Oil changes every 10,000 miles and never change a belt, there are none. As such, you can run the AC with the engine OFF. First maintenance other than oil and tire rotations, comes at 100,000 miles.
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:02:42 PM

Yes this article definitely speaks for its self.
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Wait till you have to replace the batteries.
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OK
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Hard to beat a good old high eff gas engine.
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Article speaks for itself.
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