The problem I see with Hybrids, is that the battery maintenance/replacement will be a big issue after a while... In the city, with not a lot of miles each year,, they may be a good alternative..
But you can't beat a car, that virtually no matter how hard you drive it, gets over 40 mpg.. The only time I've seen a tank that calculated less than 40mpg was in the dead of winter, where I let it idle too much to warm it up... The replacement TDI has heated butt-warmers
, so I should eliminate the idling.. it really takes a long time to warm up anyway, there is no load on the engine at idle.
AND another big pluss... the TDI's are NOT slow.. they are peppy,, and with a $200 set of injectors or a chip they are real peppy and STILL get the same fuel mileage...~~
I've been watching the TDI's on Ebay,,, the price of Diesel hasn't hurt their resale any.. a 200K Jetta, 2001 is still going for over $7K... amazing..