Hi Scotty, My name is Will and I live in San Francisco, CA. I love your informative and easy to digest for non car experts videos and I am a subscriber to your YouTube channel. I have bit of a happy…

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Hi Scotty,

My name is Will and I live in San Francisco, CA. I love your informative and easy to digest for non car experts videos and I am a subscriber to your YouTube channel.
I have bit of a happy dilemma.

I currently own a 2005 Nissan Altima with ~130K miles and I am the original owner.

There's a program here in the San Francisco Bay Area where I can turn over the vehicle to a dismantler and be able to get a credit of either $7,000 towards the purchase of a new or used hybrid /electric car or $9,500 for a plug-in hybrid. The added benefits of choosing a plug-in hybrid are the $4,543 federal tax credit plus the additional $1,000 rebate from the state of California and a $800 rebate from the local utility as well as HOV lane access.

After viewing your YouTube channel, I am firming looking to only purchase a new hybrid or plug-in hybrid vehicle. The difficulty now is deciding which one.
In terms of hybrids ($7,000 credit), I am thinking either the:

2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid ($26,400) or the

2020 Honda Accord Hybrid ($25,600)

(In terms of benefit maximization, I want to get a plug-in hybrid, but I'm finding difficulty in adapting to the extremely small trunk space as well lack of information regarding long term reliability.)

In terms of plug-in hybrids ($9,500 credit), I am thinking either the:

2020 Toyota Prime Prius ($27,750)

2020 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid ($36,100)

2019 Kia Niro Plug-In ($32,100), or the

2019 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid ($33,600).
https://www.hyundaiusa.com/sonata-hybrid/index.aspx?model=sonata-plug-in-hybrid&trim=pluginhybrid&year=2019&intcmp=header nav;vehicles-2019 sonata-plug-in-hybrid;image;;

I wanted to see if you had any opinion on the above, or if you had any of your own advice or suggestions for me in this instance.

Thanks.

Respectfully,

Will

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Scotty Kilmer
Scotty Kilmer

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camry hybrid

RadienMayakovsky24
RadienMayakovsky24

I would go for Prius Prime PHV if you want to pay more and Sacrifice Trunk capacity
Camry Hybrid can be Decent, but in terms of Gas Mileage, can't beat Prius Prime PHV

Both those Toyota's Hybrid tend to Last for long time, if you take of it and don't drive 'em hard like a Maniac

Honda Accord Hybrid can be OK, but wouldn't last longer than Prius Prime PHV & Camry Hybrid

Kia (Niro PHV, Optima PHV, and Sonata PHV)? I'll pass