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Posted by on January 10, 2007, 3:26 am

"Michael Pardee"..

But what about the cost of that car for its size?  I haven't really looked,
but it was ridiculous the last time I did.

Saving the Earth yes, saving a few bucks, no.  Has that changed?


Posted by Michael Pardee on January 12, 2007, 1:27 am

The $0K base price is right in line with other mid-size sedans with the
usual mid-range features: automatic transmission, climate control, cruise
control, ABS....

When we bought our first 2002 Prius we also looked at the Honda Accord 4
cylinder. The Accord was about two thousand cheaper on the lot here but was
also twice as thirsty. It also didn't have the supernaturally smooth power
delivery of the Prius. The Accord rear seat usable room was almost exactly
the same as measured by the time-honored method of cramming various trios of
adults in the back seat. KBB.com now says our car is worth $4,285 while the
similarly equipped Accord would have been worth $1,330 (private party). In
the 67K miles we've driven it we have saved as much as we've spent on gas,
about $500 (assuming average of $.25 per gallon over the last four years).
No matter how we look at it, we've come out way ahead.


Posted by Bob Wilson on January 14, 2007, 2:20 pm

The standard Prius features are expen$ive options on 'equivalent' cars.

Bob Wilson

Posted by Michelle Steiner on January 17, 2007, 7:24 am

It's about the same size as a Camry.  Do the math.

Support the troops:  Bring them home ASAP.

Posted by mrv@kluge.net on January 17, 2007, 7:06 pm

Wickeddoll wrote:

It hasn't changed.  The hybrid still comes out ahead in both emissions
and total cost of ownership.  (The last time you looked, you probably
only looked at initial purchase price and maybe a low price for


IntelliChoice.com Survey: Hybrids Cost Less Than Peers Over Long Term

Prius Remains Highest Rated Hybrid, but All Models Excel on Total Cost
of Ownership

DETROIT, MI (January 8, 2007) - A survey released today by PRIMEDIA's
IntelliChoice.com, the leading source for automotive ownership cost and
value analysis, reveals that the twenty-two hybrid vehicles currently
on the market save their owners more money than the other vehicles in
their respective classes.

"With the number of hybrids now on the market, the end of 2006 was an
opportune time to examine the cost performance of each hybrid model
with respect to the rest of the vehicles in their peer group," said
James Bell, publisher of IntelliChoice.com. "Across the board, we found
that all twenty-two hybrid vehicles have a better Total Cost of
Ownership (TCO) over five years or 70,000 miles than the vehicles they
directly compete against."

Bell said that aside from lower fuel costs, other factors playing a
role in hybrids' cost performance are better-than-expected depreciation
and resale value. Also, contrary to skeptics and critics, repair and
maintenance costs have not proven to be higher than those of other

"Up to now," Bell added, "The Prius has been the darling of the hybrid
set, and it remains our highest rated value for hybrid vehicles. But
this survey validates the cost performance of the other many hybrid
models that are currently on the market. All of the hybrids in our
study have achieved 'Excellent' ratings in their respective classes
from IntelliChoice.com."

IntelliChoice.com's hybrid survey ranks hybrids in order of their
performance against their peer group:

Brand Model Trim 5Yr Expected Cost 5Yr Actual Cost
Toyota Prius   33305 19896
Honda Civic Hybrid(Auto) 31595 23268
Honda Civic Hybrid w/Nav(Auto) 32843 24891
Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2WD 44841 34038
Lexus RX 400h 2WD 54121 41472
Lexus RX 400h AWD 55509 42681
Toyota Highlander Hybrid 4WD 45868 35690
Lexus RX 400h AWD(Original Version) 57231 45640
Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 2WD 48409 38902
Ford Escape Hybrid 2WD 39361 32188
Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 4WD 49436 40522
Mercury Mariner Hybrid 41349 34331
Ford Escape Hybrid 4WD 40839 34696
Honda Accord Hybrid 40803 34706
Honda Insight (Manual) 28724 24755
Honda Insight AC(Auto) 30354 26424
Honda Insight AC(Manual) 29690 26212
Honda Accord Hybrid w/Nav System 42305 37411
Chevrolet Silverado LT Hybrid 2WD* 42840 39377
GMC Sierra SLE Hybrid 2WD* 43041 39709
Chevrolet Silverado LT Hybrid 4WD* 45345 42260
GMC Sierra SLE Hybrid 4WD* 45824 42884
* All trim lines 1500 Extended Cab


When analyzing Total Cost of Ownership, IntelliChoice.com focuses on
seven key criteria, including depreciation, fuel cost, finance costs,
insurance, repairs, maintenance and applicable state fees. In the case
of hybrids, IntelliChoice.com also factors in federal tax credits.

For the survey, 2006 model year hybrids were analyzed for their Total
Cost of Ownership over a five-year or 70,000-mile period. The five-year
expected Cost of Ownership for each hybrid vehicle is based on the
average cost of all vehicles in each class.

"Hybrids are proving themselves to be an excellent alternative for car
buyers. Even when factoring in the additional upfront costs for their
purchase, the long-term savings hybrids generate makes them a sensible
and attractive purchase," said Bell.

Against all criteria, IntelliChoice.com found the Toyota Prius to be
the best in overall class. Along with the Toyota Prius, the Honda
Civic, Toyota Highlander, Ford Escape and Honda Insight also received
top marks for value. Some of the top hybrids in the 2006 survey were
previously awarded IntelliChoice's Best Overall Value of the Year
(BOVY). IntelliChoice.com's BOVY awards recognize cars, trucks and SUVs
that will cost significantly less to own than would be expected of
vehicles at their purchase prices. A listing of 2006 winners and more
information on the awards can be found at www.intellichoice.com.

2007 ownership costs on all new hybrid and regular models will be
available from IntelliChoice.com in late January.

About IntelliChoice.com
Part of PRIMEDIA's Enthusiast Media, IntelliChoice is the market leader
in automotive ownership cost and value analysis. Founded in 1986,
IntelliChoice is committed to empowering consumers to make better
purchase decisions by providing independent and essential automotive
information and tools. Through the IntelliChoice web site
(www.intellichoice.com), consumers get the help they need to research,
compare, configure and price vehicles. The site also connects buyers to
the buying alternatives of their choice, including vehicle
manufacturers and online buying services.

see also:  http://www.intellichoice.com/carBuying101/HypeOverHybrids

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