• Feb 13th 2009 at 8:49AM
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IntelliChoice used the Chicago Auto Show to announce its Best Overall Value of the Year Awards, and, lo and behold, it's loaded up with hybrid and eco-friendly vehicles. Included in the list of winners for 2009 are:

This list serves as another reminder that hybrid vehicles have really started making their mark on the automotive marketplace. There's hardly a segment or price range that doesn't include at least one hybrid vehicle, and if you can't find one to suit your needs, you can always choose the all-conquering Jetta TDI from Volkswagen.

[Source: IntelliChoice]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah, yikes, you're right. There is no way that gas prices will go back up. I'm putting a down payment on a hummer.
        • 6 Years Ago
        P.S. On that planet does a GMC hybrid truck cost $39k plus base price. (i.e. 39K more than the base truck.) Are you getting your base price truck for free by hotwiring it?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ok, at what price of gas, does it make financial sense to pay $39K plus base price for that GMC 1/2 ton truck.

        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm not going to defend a GMC hybrid truck which was a POS before it was a hybrid, but the math for the Escape Hybrid, Prius, Civic Hybrid, etc. has been done by a number of different magazines and shown to payback at $3 a gallon.
      • 6 Years Ago
      At current gas prices, I'm not so sure that list is an "Intelligent Choice"

        • 6 Years Ago
        For how long do you generally keep a car? What do you think the price of a gallon will be 3-4 years from now?
      • 6 Years Ago
      How do any of these cars come close to being a "Best Overall Value". They are all way more expensive to purchase than many other options. Maybe within their contrived classes - Best compact over $17K - thats only there to exclude all the real compacts that start at $12-$14K.

      I havent seen any recent numbers now the cost of gas dropped, but even at $4 - $5 per gallon I recall seeing info that the Hybrids took 5-10 years to repay their price differential over their cheaper non hybrid siblings.

      There was a great Edmonds report I recall reading on here that had a very different list of best overall value vehicles, and I recall there was a single hybrid crept in around Number 10, with the Toyota Yaris and similar cheap compacts beating everyone else by miles.

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