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Hybrid cars are expensive and there are gas powered alternataives December 28, 2004 10:57 AM

WFhen I bought my 2001 Toyota Echo, the Toyota hybrid, same body chassis, was twice the price and they wouldn't even let me test drive one. I had to put about $5000 down and buy it sight unseen, undriven unseen! My Echo at half the price gets 42mpg highway with a regular gas engine. That's pretty good and the price was YES literally half. Actually less than half after I negotiated. Dan  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Very valid point. January 01, 2005 3:43 PM

I've mentioned this to people before, and people have to consider what is important when they look for a car. I test drove an Echo I think in 2001 and it was just too small in the drivers area for me to be comfotable. I had the seat all the way back and it just wasn't something I wanted to deal with, especially if you intend to drive a car for many years like I prefer. For us the Prius is a better fit, especially in terms of passenger area and the convenience of a hatchback (it's especially great for going to the drive-in!). When you weigh all of your options out, yeah, for 2x the price you save maybe a 12 more mpg, but a subcompact is not practial for everyone. And, of course, a hummer is really practical for no one, including the Governator's supposed hybrid engine he put in his.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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