Originally Posted by Lscman
A huge disparity in eco value is seen when comparing light weight econobox transportation to inefficient 5000lb luxoboat AWD SUV's with modest seating capacity, huge tires, tall roof line, poor coeficient of drag and massive V8 engine. If you want to pick something to be concerned about from an environmental standpoint, maybe a twin turbo V12 Mercedes sedan or 500HP SUV with seating capacity for 5 would qualify? These hogs use the fuel of 5 hybrids and pollutes about 5x more and despite leather seat covering, easily contain 3x more synthetic material.
Your still looking at a small portion of the picture and not the whole picture. You have to look at the complete manufacturing process of a hybrid compared to a normal IC engine. MPG is only part of the eco footprint, you have to look at the entire process. For $1000 I can run my Jeep off of used vegi oil, the same can be done with the Cruze and other diesels. Diesel will continue to be a more efficent IC engine than gasoline. It is also more friendly to tuning performance gains with slight electronic modifications. The EU has been proving this for years. This is why the Audi's have taking flak for years in motorsports. Clean diesels have been around for a while and will continue to increase. Owning a diesel is a long term commitment, and it does pay for itself when you own one. Mine has.