You over-state a bit, but on the whole I agree with you. A good diesel can
give excellent mileage and power. The Merc E-class diesel is rated at 27 mpg
city. It's $50,000 though, and diesel cost more nowadays in the US. VW
diesels, in the other hand, have had very good mileage, but pathetic power.
Hmmm, Consumer Reports just published a detailed analysis and concluded
that none of the hybrids on the market made financial sense in either
five or seven year time frames, even assuming gas moves to $4 / gallon.
One interesting finding was that insurances rates for hybrid versions of
vehicles are higher than those for the conventional engine version. I
wonder if this is due to higher repair/replacement costs in the even of
major accidents. Depreciation on the hybrids was also much higher than
for the conventional versions. Real world fuel economy is also rarely
anything close the the EPA sticker.
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