While this vehicle is way out of my price range, I think it might be useful to compare resale value of hybrids. Say an initial price of a non-hybrid was $30,000 and after 5 years had a resale price of $12,000 for a loss of 60%. Now if a Hybrid costs $35,000 but retains 43% then the resale price would be $15,050. So the true premium is about $2000, not $5000. And it is much easier to make up $2000 in gas savings over 5 years, i.e. $400 per year.
Therefore when you consider a higher resale value, buying a hybrid makes economic sense.

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