I bought a new car. 2008 Nissan Altima Hybrid. Before you even bother to comment :
-Yes, I know there are other midsize cars which are strictly internal combustion that get comparable fuel economy.
-Yes, I know there are other hybrid vehicles (e.g Prius) that get better fuel economy albeit in a different size classification.
-Yes, I am well aware that my car will not be spewing rainbows and unicorns and happiness...
-Yes, I know that over the life of the car there is generally no major economic advantage to the Altima Hybrid versus a regular Altima
(hybrid premium$ - hybrid tax credit$ - fuel savings$) ≈ regular Altima$
However, if the cars essentially cost the same why not drive one that produces far less carbon dioxide and will scare the crap out of people in mall parking lots because they can't hear you coming?