Watch This Before Buying a Hybrid Car

  • Published: 10 May 2019
  • Watch This Before Buying a Hybrid Car, DIY and car repair with Scotty Kilmer. Hybrid car review. Worst hybrid car to buy. Buying a new Hybrid car. Buying a used Hybrid car. Should I buy a Hybrid car. Why Hybrid cars are hard to work on. Why not to buy a Hybrid car. The truth about owning a Hybrid car. Car advice. DIY car repair with Scotty Kilmer, an auto mechanic for the last 51 years.

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    Scotty Kilmer   1 months back

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    • T Hare
      T Hare  4 weeks back

      @Hunter Healer Not any better.
      Toyota's been making and improving upon them longer.

    • Hunter Healer
      Hunter Healer  4 weeks back

      Are honda hybrids any better than toyota?

    • brujo1273
      brujo1273  1 months back

      @T Hare, that's correct. Nowadays I would think that at least 80-85% of the cars have a manual gearbox; 10 years ago probably 90%. Most Luxury cars are automatics and there are certain models that "force" people to skip the manual transmissions. The main thing is that they are much cheaper to maintain and repair. Plus the funniest thing is that many don't really know how to use an automatic transmission anyway, they may treat it as a manual; I've seen taxi and Uber drivers do it.

    • T Hare
      T Hare  1 months back

      @brujo1273 I was just in Costa Rica in March. Just about every vehicle I saw had a standard transmission, even new ones. Complete opposite in the US where you can't even special order a standard on most vehicles.

    • W -RS
      W -RS  1 months back

      Thats your channel man!

  • Glen Novitsky
    Glen Novitsky  1 days back

    $6,000 price difference? You might want to go rethink that. Hybrid Rav4's are only $800 more than their AWD similar trim's and the Avalons are only $1,000 more. Don't know where you came up with that $6,000 figure but it's not even in the same universe. Love your video's but you are flat out wrong here.

    • Patrick Bennett
      Patrick Bennett  1 days back

      "22 more hp in the hybrid" doesn't mean a thing since the addn'l weight of batteries/elec propulsion mechanism becomes present along with the addn'l 22hp.
      Acceleration figures for similarly geared gas vs. hybrid might be more meaningful .

      • Starfleet0
        Starfleet0  3 days back

        FYI ALL Toyota Hybrid vehicles are fitted with an Atkinson cycle engine, including the one you were pointing at in the video.. C'mon Scotty, I thought you were better than this. You are a respected voice regarding mechanical things, you have 2.3 million subscribers, why would you broadcast "factual information" to a huge audience without actually knowing if what you're saying is true??

        • Starfleet0
          Starfleet0  3 days back

          Atkinson cycle engines have no cams???

          • James DeRosa
            James DeRosa  1 weeks back

            The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hybrid is only about $3,000 more than the similarly equipped regular Corolla .

            • Albert Chen
              Albert Chen  1 weeks back

              Good good good good.

              • Jeffrey Whaley
                Jeffrey Whaley  1 weeks back

                I prefer low-bread cars

                • Stephen Powdexter
                  Stephen Powdexter  2 weeks back

                  As a potential hybrid buyer, thanks to Scotty for the warnings. I can see they are so different from ordinary cars that only a specialist should work on them. I wonder if he also reviews a plug-in hybrid (PHEV), which are more battery powered. I bet a few novices or backyard mechanics have been severely shocked by one.

                  • dolo747
                    dolo747  2 weeks back

                    199 prius owners weren't feeling this

                    • Jesus Is Lord
                      Jesus Is Lord  2 weeks back

                      That's some good advice. Thanks Scotty.

                      • R Usack
                        R Usack  3 weeks back

                        I own a '14 Accord Hybrid since new. Zero problems. I live at ~500' and daily drive down to sea level, up to ~400' and repeat on the way home. Average mpg, without heating the cabin is right on 44mpg. But if I stay on the flats and drive moderately I can easily get >50mpg. Aside from its mileage capabilities I like the smoothness of its power delivery. Honda's system, unlike most others, does not have a transmission in the typical sense. It does have a gear set that gets power to the drive wheels , but running in mostly serial hybrid mode, drive is 100% from the electric traction motor up to ~45mph. Beyond that speed power comes both from the engine and the motor depending on demand and speed, etc. Around town the gas engine works to supply extra juice to the motor as needed and/or provide extra charge to the battery pack. Dipping into that lovely electric motor torque right off the bottom is quite addictive. Love it!

                        • Marc-André Poulin
                          Marc-André Poulin  3 weeks back

                          Recently bought kia optima hybrid. Runs great so far. Far from the best fuel efficiency in his class. Still getting around 610 miles with a full tank witch is great in my standards.

                          • paytontech
                            paytontech  3 weeks back

                            Somebody doesn't like hybrids...

                            For Toyotas at least, they run well for a long time. The probability of battery or other major issues is slim. The Gen 2 Prius has some annoying bugs when they get old (over 10 years) but still won't leave you stranded. I've driven one of those hoopties. The dash display may get glitchy and one of the headlights may not stay on... But the things run forever. Just check your local craigslist and look at the mileage on them then check the mileage on other cars in their class. They're not "tiny, little" either. They're bigger than a Corolla but a tad smaller in the cabin than a Camry though with still more room for stuff because, you know: wagon/hatchback. I'd take one of those to the home center far more willingly than a comparable Camry any day.

                            Now the 4th gen Prius? That's so hard on the eyes that its usefulness couldn't redeem it for me personally. It's far too insectoid in its design. It looks like a Praying Mantis. Just look at the face, the slightly raised "wings" on the sides at the rear and those insect wings folded up in the tail lights... Nothing against bugs but that design doesn't do the arthropods justice.

                            • Kevin's Channel
                              Kevin's Channel  3 weeks back

                              Can you do maintenance without worry. Change the oil.

                              • Ali Qurbani
                                Ali Qurbani  3 weeks back

                                Great content but ffs stop yelling when u talk.

                                • david
                                  david  3 weeks back

                                  he is too old to go back to school to fix hybrid car..... just work on old for old man who stuck in he old ways. LOL

                                  • Chris Farley
                                    Chris Farley  3 weeks back

                                    david you’re going to go to school just to work on your car??? Wow.....

                                • Robert Robinson
                                  Robert Robinson  3 weeks back

                                  Hey Scotty, how about an article on the Honda hybrids?

                                  • Mark Fawcett
                                    Mark Fawcett  3 weeks back


                                    • Chasing Dragons
                                      Chasing Dragons  3 weeks back

                                      "It' really doesn't make all that much difference acceleration wise."

                                      Cause what the dealer won't tell you is part of that extra horsepower is partially offset by over 200 lbs increase in weight of the hybrid. Worse depending on what year it is, 2010 Camry has an over 400 lbs difference. Not to mention at the HP rating these vehicles are already at you are only getting about a 12% boost in total power in a best case scenario, then losing some of that advantage to a big metal brick you drag along with you.

                                      • Herculy2007
                                        Herculy2007  3 weeks back

                                        I have a 2005 Prius with more than 360,000 miles still on original battery. I get about 44 mpg on average. I bought it in 2016 when it had 286,000 miles for $3K. I have done water pump, inverter cooler pump, and brakes plus a new set of tires recently so far. It runs trouble free mechanically. So I disagree with Scotty that you should not buy a high mileage used hybrid. You can buy a good one if you know what you are buying

                                        • Donald Matthews
                                          Donald Matthews  3 weeks back

                                          2012 Prious V 114,000 miles still have 80% of brakes.problem free

                                          • Lord Commander Manny
                                            Lord Commander Manny  4 weeks back

                                            I saw at the dealer Lexus RX hybrid and non hybrid is only $1500. That lexus

                                            • Roger F
                                              Roger F  4 weeks back

                                              Good points Scotty. I have the 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid (it uses the Atkinson cycle engine by the way). The cost of the hybrid version over the normal gas version was only $1,500. Insofar as mileage, it gets around 50 mpg in town but on the interstate @ 70 mph with cruise on and air conditioning, it only gets about 41mpg. Scotty you are absolutely correct talking about highway vs city. If you drive mostly highway, you are totally wasting your money buying a hybrid. Also note that the EPA estimated milage for hybrids is way off on some vehicles concerning its highway estimates. If you drive a combination of highway & city, it may be closer to the estimate.

                                              • rene leggs
                                                rene leggs  4 weeks back

                                                I own a 2003 Civic Honda, very conventional engine...Gotten as good as 42mpg, Never done worse than rated 38 mpg. Why buy a hybrid?

                                                • NANGSTAGRAM TV
                                                  NANGSTAGRAM TV  4 weeks back

                                                  Time to buy me a Toyota 😎

                                                  • Eric Hannes
                                                    Eric Hannes  4 weeks back

                                                    I own the first generation Honda Insight. Amazing car! 67 mpg on the highway. All aluminum car. Had for many years, no problems.

                                                    • Rich Farfugnuven
                                                      Rich Farfugnuven  4 weeks back

                                                      I bought a new Tesla, I just can't figure out how to change the oil and spark plugs, can anyone help? 😂

                                                      • Chazz7555
                                                        Chazz7555  4 weeks back

                                                        Why can't the normal Camry get just as good of gas milage on the highway if not better than yh hybrid version? they have the same engine right? Why can't the normal gasser be optimized to perform just as well on the high way? Makes me wonder...

                                                        • My SwatchOrama
                                                          My SwatchOrama  4 weeks back

                                                          Been looking into the Honda Insight hybrid. Great info. I’m still on the fence. We will see.

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                                                            • Noelio Emerald-Isle
                                                              Noelio Emerald-Isle  4 weeks back

                                                              But it's a Toyota Celica in the vid....NOT a Camry

                                                              • Matthew Huszarik
                                                                Matthew Huszarik  4 weeks back

                                                                Price differential is exaggerated it is only $2000-$3000 and newer hybrids now get much better gas mileage than non-hybrids. Check out Toyota’s web site they give you all the numbers. We have a 2015 Avalon hybrid we love the car no problems and a solid 36miles/gallon we also had a 2006 Avalon not exactly the same car but it got only about 23miles/gallon same diving parameters. The hybrid cost us a couple thousand more than the non-hybrid. We plan to purchase only hybrid or fully electric cars in the future. Presently we are in the market for a RAV4 hybrid and we will be seriously looking at the Tesla Model Y when it comes out.

                                                                • Kenbomp
                                                                  Kenbomp  4 weeks back

                                                                  He's right it depends on the daily situation. Wife's sonata going on 7 years no prob, no fix, reduced stop and go gas $80 a month min, less brake changes. He's right buy a new ones. Hypermile fun. Just not a speeder accelerate.

                                                                  • Charles Smallins
                                                                    Charles Smallins  4 weeks back

                                                                    Listening to this guy talkng about cars makes you not want to buy any car....PERIOD!!!! Damn Debbie Downer!

                                                                    • Ken Preiss
                                                                      Ken Preiss  4 weeks back

                                                                      Scotty, Hybrid cars are not that much more difficult to service. Don't be afraid of them, just go back to school and learn what you need to know. I've been a Service Advisor for over 20 years at a Toyota Dealership, so I know just a little about hybrid car repair, and, I own one. I wouldn't drive anything else these days.

                                                                      • paul1x1
                                                                        paul1x1  4 weeks back

                                                                        Love this channel obviously no connection to any corporations

                                                                        • Javier C C
                                                                          Javier C C  4 weeks back

                                                                          Thanks for your advise!

                                                                          • VikingGuard
                                                                            VikingGuard  4 weeks back

                                                                            Thx Scotty for this info. I live in Iceland where gasoline is very very expensive, and pretty much all my driving is in the city with a lot of stop and go. Seems to me that a hybrid vehicle is a choice that i will consider.

                                                                            • Warren NZ
                                                                              Warren NZ  4 weeks back

                                                                              Well I can attest that my Lexus GS450h ("h" for hybrid) gets about 11L/100Kms in town and around 8L/100Kms (or better) on the highway. I don't know if that's a Lexus thing but as far as reliability goes, the car is 12 years old and NOTHING has ever gone wrong.
                                                                              And as a full size, 4 door, luxury sedan that goes 0-100 in 5.2 seconds it's no slouch either.
                                                                              Also I've asked countless taxi drivers with a Prius if they've ever had to change the battery and exactly NONE have said yes and many of them have well over 100,000 Kms on them (one had 350,000 Kms on it with the original battery!).
                                                                              So I'm not sure where your advice is coming from on this one.

                                                                              • hooman irani
                                                                                hooman irani  4 weeks back

                                                                                I have 2007 Toyota Prius with 160K miles, cheap to drive and extremely reliable

                                                                                • Isham Kader
                                                                                  Isham Kader  4 weeks back

                                                                                  Live Free or Die...let's buy originals..

                                                                                  • Trevor Lambert
                                                                                    Trevor Lambert  4 weeks back

                                                                                    How can you possibly get higher mpg on the highway with a hybrid than with the same model car without? Same gas engine, lots of extra weight for the batteries. Makes no sense. Unless when they do the test, they're only on the highway for a few miles and it's using up previously stored battery power.

                                                                                    • goosecouple
                                                                                      goosecouple  4 weeks back

                                                                                      If you drive the Prius for 200k miles, it pays for itself in gas savings. You get a free car!

                                                                                      • goosecouple
                                                                                        goosecouple  4 weeks back

                                                                                        I once got 99 mpg on my 2013 Prius. Average 65 mpg in summer, 45 mpg in winter.

                                                                                        • Black Swan
                                                                                          Black Swan  1 months back

                                                                                          But if you buy a hybrid you are making AOC and Bernie and xxxxx all vely vely happy! It may be worth the $ 6000 more if you are getting a huge smile from those ivories and the bright red lipstick!

                                                                                          • Greystoke
                                                                                            Greystoke  1 months back

                                                                                            OUT OF FOCUS COME ON

                                                                                            • Robert Colucci
                                                                                              Robert Colucci  1 months back

                                                                                              Scotty. I have to disagree with many points
                                                                                              I have been driving them since 2007. They have atkinson cycle engines. And they get better mileage that u think. I've had an 07 Camry. And I've had many used prius and they have been great cars. I recommend used. Just be careful and choosy and have it checked out. And u can do repairs on them and the batteries never went out. I've had A Prius for 191k miles and the current one over 200k and never had battery issue. I've heard they can go around 250k before the battery. And u can repair them yourself or have them redone cheaply. Not several thousand.
                                                                                              Back in 07 08 i averaged 44mpg on the camry, and usually could get better. On a competition for mileage i got into the 60s,. Point is mileage is better than u think. Like u said they rarely break down. So they are worth it.