Green Line Saturns Rank Among Hybrid Vehicles that Really Reward Owners Over the Long Term

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IntelliChoice.com recently revealed that 12 hybrid vehicles currently on the market save their owners more money than the non-hybrid version of the same vehicle. Saturn's Aura and Vue Green Line hybrids were among the vehicles that were part of the five year study.

"Hybrids have been racking up the miles over the last few years, and with the benefit of this perspective, we can say with confidence that they offer American drivers a higher degree of value than non-hybrid vehicles," said James Bell, publisher and editor of IntelliChoice.com. "To prove it, we compared all current hybrids to the vehicles on which they are based."

The IntelliChoice.com survey examined hybrid and non-hybrid versions of the same vehicle for the model year 2007 and how each vehicle performed based on a projected Total Cost of Ownership figure over five years or 70,000 miles. In addition to fuel costs, the survey factored in other major cost items that consumers often overlook when purchasing a vehicle.

"The most common argument against hybrids is that they take too long to justify their higher purchase price," added Bell. "But this is only true if you just look at relative fuel costs. When you add in other factors, such as maintenance, repairs, and resale value, which are also part of IntelliChoice.com's Total Cost of Ownership formula, hybrids provide great value. In other words, today's automakers are delivering high-quality and durable vehicles that also happen to reward with improved gas mileage and fewer emissions."

IntelliChoice.com's survey of hybrids for the 2007 model year ranks them in order of cost performance against the non-hybrid version of the same vehicle or closest counterpart. While the five year cost savings for both the Saturn Aura and Vue Green Line hybrids might be lower than some of its competitors, the relative low purchase price of their so-called mild hybrid systems makes them a very attractive option.

Survey Results for 2007 Models (5 Year Cost Difference vs. Non Hybrid Equivalent)

  • Toyota Prius was compared to the Corolla LE (-$10288)
  • Honda Civic Hybrid (-$6250)
  • Honda Civic Hybrid w/Navigation (-$6228)
  • Ford Escape Hybrid 2WD (-$5975)
  • Mercury Mariner Hybrid (-$5768)
  • Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 4WD (-$5758)
  • Ford Escape Hybrid 4WD (-$5546)
  • Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 7 Passenger 4WD (-$5409)
  • Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 2WD (-$5332)
  • Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 7 Passenger 2WD (-$5128)
  • Toyota Highlander Hybrid 4WD (-$4783)
  • Honda Accord Hybrid w/Navigation (-$4080)
  • Toyota Camry Hybrid (-$4079)
  • Honda Accord Hybrid (-$4078)
  • Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2WD (-$3775)
  • Saturn Aura Hybrid (-$2492)
  • Saturn Vue Hybrid (-$1739)
  • Lexus GS 450h (-$1497)
  • Lexus RX 400h AWD (-$1195)
  • Nissan Altima Hybrid (-$964)
  • Lexus RX 400h FWD (-$844)
  • Chevrolet Classic Silverado 1500 Extended Cab LT Hybrid 4WD (+$724)
  • GMC Classic Sierra 1500 Extended Cab SLE Hybrid 4WD (+$541)
  • Chevrolet Classic Silverado 1500 Extended Cab LT Hybrid 2WD (+$507)
  • GMC Classic Sierra 1500 Extended Cab SLE Hybrid 2WD (+$409)

When analyzing Total Cost of Ownership, IntelliChoice.com focuses on seven key cost criteria — depreciation, fuel, financing, insurance, repairs, maintenance and applicable state fees. In the case of hybrids, IntelliChoice.com also factors in federal tax credits.

"Hybrids may still have their naysayers, but they also have a strong track record that speaks for itself, " said Bell. "Across the board, hybrids are generally a good investment with solid resale value. And 2008 will see even more hybrid models for buyer's consideration."

Source: IntelliChoice

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