Of course, total cost of ownership includes resale value and maintenance. The big difference here is depreciation. According to Edmunds.com’s True Cost to Own calculator, the Hyundai takes a much bigger depreciation hit, eating up the Camry Hybrid’s price disadvantage over five years of ownership. Hyundai doesn’t yet have True Cost to Own data on the updated Fusion Hybrid.
You’re left with trying to decide which of these three super-competitive vehicles offers the advantages you’re interested in. The Hyundai is definitely the car that makes owning a hybrid much less expensive at the outset. It’s also a vehicle that emphasizes interior comfort and convenience and overall performance. With the exception of the braking in the Hyundai Sonata, you’re less likely to remember you’re driving a hybrid, which is true both on a highway onramp and at the fuel pump.
Craig Fitzgerald is a freelance automotive writer living in Holliston, Massachusetts. He’s the former editor of Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car, and he’s the creator of ClunkerNation.com. You can follow him on twitter at @vespafitz, or email him at email@example.com.