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>To all those naysayers out there: we say nay to those who bash on diesels and hybrids!

(Five points, by the way, to the person who can figure out the pop-culture reference there)

Wired’s Autopia blog recently reported on a study by of 2009 model-year diesels and hybrids. While most consumers are instantly turned off by manufacturer premiums on hybrids and diesels over standard gasoline-powered models, the study pointed out that most consumers actually save money in the long run.

“But wait!” you naysayers naysay. “Gas prices aren’t nearly high enough to make up the price difference for years!”

And therein lies the rub. The study also took into account maintenance costs and resale value, and-surprise, surprise- the hybrids and diesels actually came out on top.

And the grand winner? The Volkswagen Jetta TDI, which saves more than $4,000 in the long run.

For a Top 8 list and more info, hit up Wired’s Autopia blog.