Hybrid vs. Plug-in Hybrid: What's the Difference?

2024 Honda CR-V Sport Touring Hybrid shown in Canyon River Blue Metallic

Hybrid cars deliver an exceptional performance on the Cincinnati roads, utilizing the power of a gas-powered engine boosted by the efficiency of an electric motor. But with so many hybrid options on the market, many drivers ask us “What’s the difference between hybrid and plug-in hybrid models?” We’d be happy to help shed some light on the hybrid vs. plug-in design, so you can find the right model for you. Let’s get started!



Comparing the Hybrid vs. Plug-in Hybrid

So, what’s the difference between hybrid and plug-in hybrid?

  • Hybrid: A traditional hybrid, like theAccord HybridorCR-V Hybrid, uses both gasoline and electricity to power the car. Both power sources are used simultaneously, so you get both power and efficiency in one.
  • Plug-In:A plug-in hybrid also uses a gas engine and electric motor, but the electric motor receives the priority. That means the car will drive on its pure electric range as long as it can, and then it switches to gas.
  • Battery: The hybrid car uses a medium-sized battery that recharges itself as you drive through Middletown, while the plug-in has a large battery that must be charged externally. Both hybrid batteries are covered under eight years or 100,000 miles under warranty.
  • Range: Because of its size, the hybrid battery cannot power the vehicle alone. However, the plug-in hybrid is able to drive on 100% electricity.

Hybrid vs. Plug-in Hybrid: Benefits of Hybrid Models

Traditional hybrids are convenient because the driving experience is virtually the same as any other car. Simply drive around Lebanon as usual, filling up at your normal gas stations, and enjoy saving a bundle on fueling costs! No need to charge batteries or install a home charging station.

Hybrid vs. Plug-in Hybrid: Benefits of Plug-In Hybrid Models

Eco-conscious drivers love the plug-in hybrid because of its all-electric range. When taking short trips around town, you can enjoy the benefits of emissions-free and gas-free travel. But unlike an electric vehicle, your plug-in hybrid has a gas engine to prevent you from getting stranded around Monroe. And while you’ll need to charge your battery through a standard grounded plug or professionally-installed charging station, you can charge in your home for total convenience.

Find Your Next Hybrid at Joe Morgan Honda

Visit our showroom in Monroe to try out new hybrid and electric cars or build your own. We pride ourselves on affordable prices, and we don’t charge over MSRP on new vehicles. Plus, our Honda Service Pass program means you can enjoy complimentary maintenance program for your vehicle’s first 2 years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first! Contact us with your questions at any time about Honda research.


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