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The website offers fuel costs and MSRP of 18 2012-2013 vehicles

The U.S. government just introduced a new section to its website that allows consumers to compare the payback of certain hybrids and their traditional gasoline counterpart.

The website offers fuel costs and MSRP of 18 2012-2013 vehicles. Consumers simply choose a hybrid model and move the sliders appropriately to see the payback period and fuel savings for that particular vehicle. The calculations are based on fuel prices, city-highway driving percentage and annual miles.

"Based on MSRP and fuel costs alone, hybrid vehicles can save you money versus a comparably equipped conventional vehicle," said

Some of the vehicles available on are the 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid, 2012 Toyota Prius C One, and 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco.

An example of the information that the website offers is a comparison of the 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and the gasoline-powered 2012 Hyundai Sonata SE. According to, the hybrid Sonata costs $2,655 more than the conventional version and takes about 5.1 years to pay back.

The government is certainly looking to push consumers toward more fuel efficient vehicles, especially with the White House's recent proposed 54.5 MPG CAFE requirement for 2017-2025 model year vehicles. This standard would save customers $6,600 at the gas pump for the lifetime of a 2025 vehicle.


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RE: Good idea
By knutjb on 5/21/2012 10:22:55 PM , Rating: 4
Again, in the US for a large percentage to move to diesel it would run the cost of that fuel up dramatically. The railroads are the number one consumer, then airlines and trucking. Diesel and Jet A are from the same chunk of oil so only so much diesel/Jet A can be made per barrel. Their heavy consumption of diesel/Jet A would normally lower our gas prices if all the excess gas wasn't shipped out of the country. Our fuel usage is dramtically different than rest of the world.

RE: Good idea
By Mint on 5/22/2012 11:06:20 AM , Rating: 2
Yup. Don't forget growing economies in India selling 30% diesel cars.

Worldwide gas:diesel consumption ratio needs to stay roughly fixed, so there's no point in the US switching passenger cars to diesel.

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