Just a few additional comments (I suppose I've made enough already, but I can't help but respond to this). First, I thought you had made the heroic decision to live in an urban environment where you don't need a car. Why the change? Second, Economics shouldn't be your only consideration. You've made other choices where you've valued something to so great an extent you've spent additional dollars to get it. If you value the environment so much (and I'm certain you do as much or more so than I), why not reflect this in your auto purchase? Third, If economics are that significant a factor in your purchase, and you want to do something for the environment, why not purchase a used car? It will cost you less, and you'll certainly be able to buy a used car that gets similar or better mileage than the Matrix. Now, let me stop numbering these comments and add words without making them part of a prioritized list. When you admit to your hypocrisy, you've stepped out farther than most of us. I have a very good friend who says this: "When I say I am an environmentalist, I admit I am a hypocrite." This may be overkill, as your statement likely was intended, but it still is true. It is this way in many things in life. Most of us do not want to shun the entirety of society and our economic system, so we make choices and compromises. I encourage you to take your dreams, your desires, your knowledge and your fire for environmental causes and temper them with a bit of humility and a concern for others' values. I say to my children: "It isn't all about you." When they look at me with crinkled brows, I laugh and think that they will understand soon enough. When I say this to an adult, I hope for a different response.