Autoweek reports that:
Car buyers who think they are helping the planet by choosing a hybrid vehicle to aid in cutting emissions don't always get the biggest bang for their buck, according to an environmental interest group.
A report from the Union of Concerned Scientists shows that some hybrids come at a much higher price tag than their similarly equipped, conventional-powertrain counterparts, yet offer little in the way of environmental gain.
These not-so-green hybrids compromise their value or eco-friendliness in a variety of ways.
For example, rarely is the hybrid powertrian offered on a vehicle's base model. That forces customers to take premium features that are packed with the hybrid version, adding to hybrid's price disadvantage.
Other times, a hybrid might not be built to achieve fuel-saving performance in the most cost-effective manner.
Well, duh, as fans of Top Gear have long known: