Used Cars Are More Eco-Friendly Than Hybrids?

Here's a simple, compelling argument we read in Wired that shows a used car may be a more ecologically sound choice than a new Prius:

Energy It Takes To Build Prius

113,000 BTUs



113,000 BTUs In Gasoline


1,000 gallons



Distance Driven to Break Even For Build Cost


46,000 miles



Time Needed For Average Driver to Hit 46,000 Miles


Over 3 Years



Distance Driven to Break Even with 1998 Toyota Tercel*


100,000 miles



Time Needed For Average Driver to Hit 100,000 Miles


Over 7 Years

* or any car that gets 27 mpg city / 35 mpg highway

** distance/year ratios built on 13,500-mile yearly average [Wired]