You won't have to look too hard in order to find a report or two claiming that hybrid vehicles aren't as miraculous
as they are oftentimes portrayed, but when a recent article declared that Toyota's flagship hybrid
was more taxing on the environment than a Hummer
, you've got to wonder what's going on. Incredibly, the questionable findings from CNW Marketing stated that GM's gas guzzler
only cost about $1.95 per mile to put on the road, while the Prius
rang up $3.25 per mile in order to hit the pavement. Reportedly, these zany numbers include all production costs -- which supposedly run around 50-percent higher on the hybrid -- but the story started to smell fishy when we found that the per-mile statistics were based on a 100,000-mile Prius and a 300,000-mile Hummer, which seems to be a stretch in both directions. Currently, there seems to be a huge amount of skepticism surrounding the bold figures, and until the testers place both vehicles on a level playing field from the start, we doubt those discrepancies will fade anytime soon.