Most (and least) cost-effective hybrids

How much it costs to save a gallon of gas varies widely, even among closely-related vehicles.

Lexus GS450h
Lexus GS450h
Hybrid value rank: 10
Time to recoup premium in fuel savings alone: 10.8 years
Typical price: $54,900

Compared to: GS460

Hybrid cost premium: $2,280 (Based on Edmunds.com "True Market Value." No tax credits are available on Lexus vehicles.)

Overall mpg vs. non-hybrid: 24 vs. 21.6

Annual fuel savings: $212 (68 gallons)

Realizing that most consumers, especially among luxury car buyers, are more concerned with prestige and "sending a message" than fuel economy, Toyota has always emphasized performance in its Lexus hybrids rather than just fuel economy. Consequently, Lexus cars do rather poorly if you're looking at cost-effectiveness. The GS450h does deliver impressive acceleration on top of its 2.4 mile per gallon boost in fuel economy.

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