I've enjoyed Patrick Bedard's column in Car and Driver for a long time now, but his entry in the Dec. 2005 issue was especially amusing. He suggests viewing hybrids just as one would view the purchase of any high-performance vehicle - for personal enjoyment and as a means to express one's self. You know - the exact same reasons that most of us drive anything larger or more sophisticated than a Geo Metro. He signs off with this: "If you want to save money on your next car, here's my advice: Skip the onboard nav option. You'll never save enough in maps and 50-cent phone calls to get your initial cost back." So true. Applying some sort of financial return analysis to automobiles takes much of the fun out of them. Now, if we can just convince the hybrid fanatics to admit that it's OK for cars to be fun… (That's a joke, folks)

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