Are hybrid cars good for long-distance driving?

I would love to feel better about making greener decisions on the road, so I’m thinking about buying a hybrid car. My family loves to go on long road trips to Florida every year, though. Are hybrids able to handle long-distance driving?

Kaitlin May · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Good on you for thinking about getting an environmentally friendly ride! You’ll be happy to learn that hybrid cars can be good for long-distance driving.
While each model is different, the majority of hybrid cars will run on electricity for the first 50 or so miles. From there, the car will switch to gasoline. Running on gas alone, hybrids can sustain another 300 miles or so.
It all depends on where you want to go and how far you’re traveling in your shiny new hybrid. These are some key factors to keep in mind:
  • Hybrids function best at 50 mph or less
  • City driving will be better for the car
  • The EPA fuel economy will be lower on the highway
It might be worth it to factor lower speeds into your
road trip
and take the scenic route. Ultimately, you won’t have to change your trajectory with a fully-charged battery and a tank full of gas. You would have to stop and get gas with a regular car anyway, right?
Before you drive off the lot with a new hybrid, you’ll need to find the right
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