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Is the Prius worth it?

Many Actonians drive Priuses. Are they worth it? Does their environmental benefits, if any, outweigh their costs? Here's the answer.

I was going for a walk around Acton the other day and I happened to notice a lot of Prius cars. Acton sure likes its Priuses.

So I started to think about this. I know buying a Prius is a "feel good" move, but does it really save the environment, or is buying a Prius an empty gesture to assuage liberal guilt?

I try to look at things from a financial or economic point of view, so I wanted to start my inquiry by focusing on the additional cost of the Prius versus some other non-hybrid car that also got good gas mileage. And I wanted to see if the higher price justified the expense....

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x July 18, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Allen, thank you for your perceptive analysis. This makes me 'feel good' about not driving a Prius. Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
Allen Nitschelm July 18, 2012 at 12:01 PM
That was my goal! If you feel good, then we all feel good, Reverend.

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