Is A Prius Or Yaris Going To Cost Me More In The Long Run

A Toyota Prius starts at $22,000 and a yaras 5 door starts at $14,200 for a difference of $7,800 how long will it take to save gas enought to pay for the difference? We look at the lowest gas prices in several different states and cam up with a average cost of $3.50 a gallon. If gas prices stay the same for the next 5 years here is what it will cost for 10,000 15,000 and 20,000 miles a year

  • 34 MPG average for the Yaris 50 MPG average for the Prius that what I get in my 06 Prius
  • 10,000 294 Gallons a year for the Yaris and 200 Gallons for the Prius = 1029 for the Yaris and $700 a year for the Prius a $329 savings a year
  • 15,000 miles a year $1543.5 Yaris and $1050 for Prius saving $496.50 a year with the Prius
  • 20,000 miles a year 588 Gallons a year $2058 Yaris and 400 Gallons a year $1400 Prius $658 savings a year

So lets look at 5 years at 20,000 miles a year $3280 in total savings 10 years $6560 but what if gas raises 50 cents a year your gas cost would rise about 100 each year. 5 years would become 4280 and 10 years would become $11,060 in the case you would save a few thousand so buying a Prius is only a good deal if gas prices continue to rise and you drive $20,000 miles a year

2 thoughts on “Is A Prius Or Yaris Going To Cost Me More In The Long Run

  1. Jerry W

    Why bother to compare a Prius with a Yaris, when they are totally different cars? You could perhaps buy a bicycle or some rollerblades, and save even more?

    Comparison with similar sized car like a Camry would be more useful.

  2. Christopher Post author

    I think too many people are getting confused when wanting to buy a ‘green’ car. Just because it’s small doesn’t always mean you will be making savings.


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