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ahhhh the dilemma of which car to get.

the dealer let us 'rent' the hybrid we were on the edge of buying, so my wife is driving it to make sure it's what she wants. (Good deal, but what do they do when it has 100 miles? lol)

We have no problem with how the hybrid operates (brakes, engine shutting on/off etc). We don't like the very very small trunk space and that's the only thing about it. Besides that we love it. MPG is great as well. I wouldn't consider this car a prius/civic hybrid, but almost like a electric assist car. Perfect.....

Now the question is, are people seeing the difference of the hybrid and actually profiting from their regular driving? I understand everyone's driving differs, but most of us do the same thing. drive... whether it's highway or not, we put miles on the car. I'm sure they see on/off highway usage.

We could get a premium without the hybrid option for 4K less... that changes things. not sure on exact numbers, but I guess what makes me wonder is, are we going to save on gas, or the monthly payments?

What are your thoughts on this?

FWIW, her work is city driving (about 16 miles round trip) and that's what the car will mostly do. I'm sure we'll take it out as well.
 

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I myself am seeing 10mpg increase per tank over my G35, averaging 29.4 currently. Yes a savings, but all relative to how much you drive each month/year, payment difference versus other configurations or options, etc.

I didn't get the hybrid for saving money. I bought the hybrid for the benefit of HP and Torque for performance. The fuel savings is an added bonus. I feel I get the best of both worlds and it is just a different animal from my 9 year old G. I also felt that since I waited 9 years, I am going to go for all the options, not miss out on any available tech in this line.

I leased due to knowing the segment is evolving so fast, I'll likely want to take advantage of something newer in 3 years.
 

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I myself am seeing 10mpg increase per tank over my G35, averaging 29.4 currently. Yes a savings, but all relative to how much you drive each month/year, payment difference versus other configurations or options, etc.

I didn't get the hybrid for saving money. I bought the hybrid for the benefit of HP and Torque for performance. The fuel savings is an added bonus. I feel I get the best of both worlds and it is just a different animal from my 9 year old G. I also felt that since I waited 9 years, I am going to go for all the options, not miss out on any available tech in this line.

I leased due to knowing the segment is evolving so fast, I'll likely want to take advantage of something newer in 3 years.
You make a good point. you're getting a boost in power
 

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In your case, it seem like the regular is a better choice. I would use the extra $4K to buy a nice 65" 4K Super HDTV to enjoy instead of your wife enjoy it all :)
 

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I think the hybrid will cover itself on the cost difference because your looking at a lease right.
It's really $4000 * 40% depreciation = $1600 to move up to a hybrid.
So on a lease your looking at $1600 amortized over the 39 months for a Hybrid.

Im with Tony.
Probably 10MPG better at least.
I think over the lease it will cover the $1600, and probably do a little bit better.
I'm on a 10K a year lease, so with my lower mileage, I'm saving a tiny bit over a 3.7L in the cost difference when you factor in gas, but not enough to where it has a huge "wow" factor on the savings.


The only place I think a Hybrid wouldn't do a ton better than a 3.7L is if you do all freeway driving.
In that cas you might not see huge mileage differences and it's probably cheaper in the long run going with a 3.7L.
 

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I did the math on my 24 month lease. I more than cover the $40-50/mo lease cost delta between gas and hybrid in gas costs. Plus better range and added HP.
 

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Well let's hope this deal works out for us tomorrow. 47,720 car for $430 (24/15K) with about 900 out of pocket for MSD. I think that's pretty good

of course I could get a base model, but I'm little spoiled. lol
 

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Until you can tell us exactly which model and packages you're trying to get and your annual mileage estimates, it's hard to say for sure how much you'll save.

The way I look at it, purely from a fuel savings versus costs standpoint, if you have your eyes set on a non-fully loaded Hybrid, hopefully you do a decent amount of driving because I think you'll get more bang for your buck in the long term if you decide to own/finance versus leasing.

On the other hand, if you drive 12k or less a year and you don't need every little gadget or package, I think the regular gas model with Premium+Nav might be fine and at that point, whether you lease or finance, it's up to you.

Be warned---if you only drove the Hybrid model, you drove the Q50 with the more sporty suspension system. If you get the regular Q50 premium model and not the Q50S, you will get the non-sport suspension system, which may significantly change the driving experience.
 

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Until you can tell us exactly which model and packages you're trying to get and your annual mileage estimates, it's hard to say for sure how much you'll save.

The way I look at it, purely from a fuel savings versus costs standpoint, if you have your eyes set on a non-fully loaded Hybrid, hopefully you do a decent amount of driving because I think you'll get more bang for your buck in the long term if you decide to own/finance versus leasing.

On the other hand, if you drive 12k or less a year and you don't need every little gadget or package, I think the regular gas model with Premium+Nav might be fine and at that point, whether you lease or finance, it's up to you.

Be warned---if you only drove the Hybrid model, you drove the Q50 with the more sporty suspension system. If you get the regular Q50 premium model and not the Q50S, you will get the non-sport suspension system, which may significantly change the driving experience.
We drive quite a bit. will be doing 15K. I just drove our 'rent then hopefully buy' car around the house (wife has been taking it to work since it's for her) and I love the hybrid system. so awesome... but I also have a ton of power that is there. I love how I can drive around my house with the EV motor and it sounds like a golf cart LOL.

I had NO idea the hybrid had the sportier suspension. car feels very good imo.

we're looking at a premium with nav. Nothing else. those 18" rims would be nice, but most certainly not a deal killer.
 
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