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Winner: Nissan Altima Hybrid
Cost: $25,675
Fuel economy (CR test): 32 mpg
Total 5-year savings: $1,600

The Nissan Altima Hybrid would be a money-loser for its owners, according to Consumer Reports, were it not for federal tax credits.

After five years, Altima Hybrid owners would end up $750 in the red compared to owners of the non-hybrid, and they wouldn't gain at all until the eighth year of driving the car, according to Consumer Reports. But buyers who qualify for the federal hybrid tax credit will see a financial gain.

Check with your tax accountant before you buy. Because of "alternative minimum tax" rules, not all hybrid vehicle buyers will get the full tax credit, even if they buy a qualifying vehicle and don't have to pay the AMT.

NEXT: Winner: Saturn Aura Green Line

Last updated September 03 2008: 11:51 AM ET
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