I was just curious as to how much impact my Mazda 3 would have on the environment and my wallet. Using the Gas Mileage Impact (GMI) calculator on the Hybrid Cars website, this is what I found:
- My Mazda 3 cost just over $16,000, the Honda Accord Hybrid cost approx. $30,000.
- Fuel Economy on my Mazda is at 26/34 city/hwy mpg, currently we are getting close to 26 combined on it, Honda Accord hybrid estimates between 25/34 city/hwy mpg.
- Now using the GMI calculator my Mazda will consume 447 gallons vs the Honda Accord hybrid 405 gallons over 13000 miles/yr, current gas price at $2.58.
- The Accord hybrid saves a whopping $109.39 on gas a year, but cost twice the price of a Mazda.
- Emmission wise the GMI calculator estimates the Mazda will emit over 8,494 lbs of CO2 when compard to the Accord hybrid’s 7,689 lbs thats a difference of 805 lbs.
- Carbon Monoxide scores are a bit whacked, my Mazda 3 by the GMI calculator estimates to emit 146 lbs, while for the Honda Accord hybrid it is 316 lbs.
- Nitrogen Oxide, again its sounds crazy, Honda Accord hybrid gives off 9 lbs compared to 6 lbs by my Mazda and the amt. of hydrocarbons emitted are 4lbs by the Mazda and 7 lbs by the Honda Accord.
Taking all this into consideration, buying the Mazda is really working out for us. So why do we need buy a Honda Accord hybrid, which cost more and actually does not differ significantly from a conventional vehicle like the Mazda 3, when it comes to emissions.