Is it more energy-efficient to buy a used car than a brand-new hybrid?

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July 8 2008 7:29 AM

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Is it more energy-efficient to buy a gas-guzzling used car than a brand-new hybrid?

Brendan I. Koerner chatted online with readers about this article. Read the transcript.

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Here's the bottom line: The Prius is by no means a perfect car, but it's certainly tough to beat in terms of cradle-to-grave, pound-for-pound energy consumption.

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Brendan I. Koerner is a contributing editor at Wired and a columnist for Gizmodo. His first book, Now the Hell Will Start, is out now.