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Go hybrid, they say; you’ll love the fuel savings, they say. Exactly who they are and their goals are debatable, but hybrids offer a fuel saving advantage over traditional vehicles. It’s hard to argue against fuel mileage figures in the 40 and 50 mpg range unless the vehicle presents more problems than solutions to your driving needs. Here are a few hybrid vehicles that might need more research before driving them home.

Red 2015 Ford Fiesta, this car, offered in its hybrid form, could be problematic.
2015 Ford Fiesta | Ford

Ford Fiesta Hybrid

The Ford Fiesta went out of production a few years ago, but you might find a good deal on a used model for the new driver in your family. This car was offered as a fun little hatchback and provides good fuel mileage figures with the hybrid powertrain. Unfortunately, models from 2011 to 2015 have had issues with the dual-clutch automatic transmission. The complexity of a hybrid powertrain mated to this transmission type creates a shuddering and jerky feeling while driving.

Blue 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid parked in front of a house.
2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid | Nissan

Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid

A hybrid Nissan Pathfinder makes sense, giving this SUV better fuel mileage than the traditional version. Among hybrid vehicles, the Pathfinder was one of the lesser-known models from the previous decade. This SUV gave many owners problems with the braking and electrical systems, which makes this Nissan problematic. Other concerns with this Nissan include shuddering and vibrations when shifting or a lack of acceleration after a quick stop.

Red 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Parked in front of a home.
2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid | Chrysler

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

Since it hit the market, the hybrid Pacifica has been a popular choice for families looking for a good EV driving range and a practical ride. Unfortunately, the Pacifica has had several recalls, and many owners have reported issues with the hybrid battery. The electrical system is also concerning in this hybrid minivan.

 What are some of the most common problems with hybrid vehicles?

Hybrid vehicles present several benefits, including:

  • Improved fuel mileage
  • Regenerative braking
  • Eco-friendliness

These vehicles also have some issues. When searching for hybrid vehicles, these are some of the issues to be aware of:

1. Weak Batteries – Some owners report replacing batteries in hybrid vehicles more often than traditional cars.

2. Catalytic Converter Issues – At high mileage, hybrid cars can become sluggish, which could be caused by the catalytic converter.

3. Evaporative Emissions System – This system is known to leak and fail in hybrid vehicles more than in traditional models.

4. Low Highway Gas Mileage – Typically, hybrid vehicles list lower figures for highway fuel mileage results due to the lack of regenerative braking on the highway.

5. Oxygen Sensors – When oxygen sensors fail, secondary problems typically occur. This is a common problem for all vehicle types, not just hybrids.

Sources: GoBankingRates, Christian Automotive