CR admits error
Updating yesterday's entry, CR has now admitted a methodology flaw in their hybrid comparison - (which, admittedly, I even carried over into my own table - I assumed their error was in data rather than in methodology). They haven't acknowledged the inconsistency in their depreciation figures (still claiming even in the revised article that the Prius depreciates worse than the Corolla; and simultaneously claiming in their data in the car tables later in the same issue that the Corolla depreciates much worse than the Prius), but they have noted that simply adding together purchase price difference plus depreciation difference plus financing is effectively double-counting depreciation.
Their modified figures show the Prius winning by a small amount over the Corolla. Oh, and by the way, they also haven't addressed the fact that the Prius is a lot bigger than the Corolla - not a fair head-to-head comparison without at least mentioning that the Prius is in between the Corolla and Camry in size.
Of course, the damage is already done. The hybrid FUDders are gleefully cackling; and the American consumer now 'knows' that hybrids 'don't save any money'. Good job, CR.