I am seriously considering getting one now that there's no end in sight for the continuous increase in oil prices. Filling up my tank is so painful and with this economy, you want to save as much money as possible. Factor in how it saves the environment and our dependency on foreign oil, it's a no brainer to get a hybrid. My car gets 20 MPG if I'm lucky. My fiancee's Prius gets nearly 60 MPG, so we take her car pretty much everywhere.
Oh yeah, the hybrid SUVs make no sense. The hybrid Yukon gets about 3 more MPG than my regular Yukon and it costs $20k more. Where's the logic in that?
Funny, I was just having this conversation with my dad yesterday. He complains about gas prices, but refuses to get a prius. Like so many others he feels the look and performance of the car are simply not up to par. Seriously though, 50- 60 miles per gallon of regular 87 gas, why the heck not? On top of that, with the environment going down the drain, why shouldn't we do our part and spare some money in our pockets at the same time?
I was looking into getting a hybrid for my mom so I did a little research on the civic, prius, and camry. I found out something I'd never heard of. All of the hybrid's batteries go dead if you don't drive them often. I believe the prius manual says it must be started at least once a month. My sister has 2 friends who own the camry hybrid and they both go dead if they are not driven for a week. Each time your battery dies it degrades the battery. The electronic system drains a small amount from the battery constantly. You'd think that such a low tech problem would be easily solved. I'd never heard of this issue in any reviews. Anyone else know about this? Did I just miss something that was common knowledge? So common it's never mentioned in reviews? This is a deal killer for me. I can't go on vacation and have a car that doesn't run when I get back.