I've been doing some reading into whether it makes sense to buy the QX60 Hybrid instead of its gasoline powered brethren. The results of my research have been mixed, and pretty interesting. Let me share them with you.
Some articles that I read said that the QX60 Hybrid was a good deal compared to its gasoline counterpart. That means that you'd actually make up the difference in price due to fuel savings over time. Green Car Reports was one such publication who reported this. I'm no math whiz but I do have the numbers here for someone else to do a slight bit of calculations.
The QX60 Hybrid starts at $56,495 while the gasoline version starts at $47,495. The fuel economy for the hybrid is 7.6L/100km highway, 6.9L/100km city. The gasoline version does 11.8L/100km city and 9.0L/100km highway. It appears that the difference is enough for it to make it worth your while, but I also found quite a bit of evidence that would say the opposite.
First off, I have read that the QX60 Hybrid is "rare to non-existent at many dealerships." So it appears getting hands on one is a challenge in itself. Furthermore, one publication wrote that the hybrid system shies away from switching off the gas engine in colder weather, or when the air conditioning is on. That would indicate that the QX60 Hybrid doesn't do so well in areas with extreme climates.
Outside of issues with the QX60 itself, there are also concerns that lower gas prices and more efficient gasoline engines may make hybrids less competitive across the board. Vincentric says that in 2012 44% of hybrids were less expensive to own then their gas counterparts compared to 39% in 2013, and 32% in 2014.
So, is the QX60 Hybrid worth the premium over its gasoline counterpart? Are all hybrids destined to be money pits because of factors outside their control?