I would say it really comes down to personal preference and how the vehicle fits your lifestyle over the tax credit. The Diesel would be a better fit to someone that has a long daily drive, The 4Xe for someone that has a short drive. Depending on what you do with it, your 2 Door with a manual just may use less gas than the 4Xe.Yeah @Sean L and @Ratiogear I do get that they’re not exactly comparable, what I take issue with is the blanket assertion that the 4xE always makes more sense financially.
Even pound for pound, option for option, a lot of people don’t qualify for that $7500 rebate/credit. And even that rebate/credit itself won’t be around forever. How much economic sense will it make when that $7500 goes away?