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The Price of Saving Fuel

the five-year ownership costs to see it really pays to buy a green

With the economy in recovery and summer driving on the upswing, prices are ticking up — more new-car buyers to an alternative-energy vehicle. According to a by Capital One Auto Finance, a of respondents say it’s likely next car purchase will be

If your goal is better efficiency and green bragging no matter the cost, you have of options — hybrid, diesel and, this plug-in hybrid and all-electric But one thing that holds back is the extra cost of an car. You’ll pay an average of more for a 2010 hybrid for its gasoline-engine counterpart (although the can be much lower). The premium is half as much for diesels; the markup is $2,800. Diesel have cleaned up their act and are now bit as clean as gasoline-engine cars up to 30% better fuel economy), a lingering image problem the last generation of soot-spewing


Run the numbers. One way to see whether it pays to buy a vehicle is to calculate the five-year costs. That lets you in the long-term savings at the pump as as tax credits available for many and diesel vehicles. When we the ownership costs of hybrids conventional vehicles in early gas prices were hovering above $2 a gallon, and few hybrids back their extra with savings at the pump. But gas now closer to $3 and with more vehicles on the market, you can more save green by buying

We updated the calculations, pitting 19 and 11 diesels against comparable vehicles. The numbers assume you drive 15,000 miles a and that regular gasoline is premium is $3.15 and diesel is with a 3.5% annual for each fuel. The math includes depreciation, maintenance and and it assumes you finance the vehicle a five-year loan after a 15% payment. Finally, we account for tax credits for vehicles that qualify for them; they’ve for Ford, Honda, Lexus and hybrids. (If you’re hit by the alternative tax, the credit won’t you, so your payback will be a bit longer.)

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Winners and losers. pay back their premium often than hybrids do. five years, every except one — Volkswagen’s TDI — costs less to own the comparable gas-engine model. The range from $307 on the BMW X5 35d to on the Mercedes-Benz GL350 Blue-Tec $60,825 diesel GL is priced below the gas-engine GL450 and has a tax of $1,800). Among hybrids, more likely to be on the losing end of the as long as a gallon of gas still about $3. You’ll save the buying the superluxury Mercedes-Benz hybrid ($92,475). It beats the by $6,764 over five — mainly because it $3,650 less than the and carries a tax credit of $1,150. But in the more expensive

a hybrid, the less likely it save money over its sibling. For example, the biggest are the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon (both about $52,000) which would cost you more than their comparables over five — and the Lexus LS 600h L which would cost a $41,428 more to own.

At the other end of the price spectrum, Insight comes in under the Fit by $1,795 after five — even without a tax But the Toyota Prius II is $3,335 expensive over five than the Corolla LE. The nearly premium accounts for most of the

Use our Green Car Calculatorkiplinger.com/tools to run the numbers You can compare nearly all the 2010 and diesels against traditional and against one another.

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