Not all hybrids are created equal and these seven hybrids wanted to make sure you were really aware of that. Here's a list of seven hybrids to avoid buying if you were in the market for a used car. They aren't necessarily hybrids from the 2016 model year (although they can be), but just the cars that were the biggest pains to own this year.
1. 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid
This is the first year for the Camry Hybrid and it shows. The 2007 model year has dangerous problem with its brake actuators failing. Of course, you don't need brakes if the car just dies on its own.
The hybrid also shares an unfortunate excessive oil consumption problem with its gas guzzling counterpart. All this comes with the marginal upgrades to MPG, sticker shock and more expensive repair costs. If you want a hybrid Camry, you’re better off looking at later model years where Toyota seemed to get their act together.
2. 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid
In addition to dangerous brake problems the 2006 has problems with catastrophic engine failure. The average repair cost? $5,623 dollars.
3. 2008 Toyota Prius
Headlight failure in the Toyota Prius is one of the most frequently reported complaints on CarComplaints.com and the 2008 model year is worst of all.
4. 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid
Unexpected loss of power from the engine and unintended acceleration. Pick your poison when it comes to engine problems in the 2010.
5. 2010 Toyota Prius
The 2010 suffers with excessive oil consumption like many Toyotas from that generation. More concerning, however, is all the brake problems.
6. 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid
The 2013 C-Max drains batteries like Larry Bird used to drain 3's. Some owners have had 5 batteries in the first 40k miles.
7. 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid
OK, we're picking on the Malibu Hybrid here. This "mild hybrid" only gets 2mpg more than the non-hybrid Malibu but costs $1,800 more.