Hybrid cars are a trade-off. You’ll get great gas mileage and pollute less with one, but you’ll also pay a substantial amount more for the technology. In order to encourage sales of hybrids and other low-pollution vehicles, the government offers tax breaks to buyers. The hybrid tax credits are usually between $2,000 and $3,000, and help decrease the cost for consumers. Those tax breaks are slowly dwindling down to nothing for popular hybrid brands like Toyota and Honda.
Toyota’s Prius is no longer eligible for tax credits, but many other hybrids are.