Economically Efficient?

Published: Mar. 27, 2006 at 6:52 PM EST
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You drop the kids off at school, drive to work and speed off to soccer practice at the end of the day. In other words, you consume a lot of gasoline.

But in the midst of once again rising gas prices, will driving a Hybrid vehicle really save you money? We take the wheel and do some investigating.

He may not get their fast, or first, but Samuel Hannahs still has places to go and people to see.

Hannahs says, "I'm on my way up to Ohio today to pick up my son, so I'll probably burn up a half a tank today."

On Monday Hannahs finds himself burning up while filling up. The cost of gasoline has climbed 15 cents in the past two weeks, a rising reality that has Hannahs is considering other options.

Hannahs says, "If you're looking to save money in the future, as far as gas prices go, I definitely say look into a hybrid."

So we took his advice and hit the streets in a Toyota Hybrid Highlander.

Chris Stocker, Sales Consultant at Superior Toyota, says, "With gas prices continuing to rise, the technology's not going anywhere. Back when Toyota first started producing the Hybrid vehicles, the other automakers just kind of sat back and laughed and thought it was gonna be a fad. I think they've realized that it's not going anywhere."

When you get behind the wheel of the Hybrid Highlander you'll notice you'll get about 31 miles per gallon, but take the wheel of the solely gas powered Highlander, and you'll average only 18 to 19 miles per gallon.

Stocker says, "I would say you could drive the Highlander Hybrid 40% longer on a full tank."

Sounds like a money saver, right? Not so fast.

On average, Hybrid vehicles cost $10,000 more than their gas-guzzling counterparts.

Stocker says, "Someone had broken it down once, how much driving you have to do, and it is a considerable amount, but there are those people that keep their vehicles 200,000 miles."

200 thousand miles Samuel Hannahs says he knows he'll log, eventually in a Hybrid vehicle.

Hannahs says, "I don't see gas prices dropping. I definitely see Hybrid as the way of my future."

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