Hot For Hybrids…why?

So the reports are starting to show that there’s possibility that gas prices are going to hit $4.00 a gallon.

Honestly that sucks!

With all this talk about gas prices, people are looking towards hybrid vehicles as a means to save money on gas. The problem with hybrids is the cost. To me it doesn’t make sense why someone would spend around $23k for a Prius that claims to get about 40mpg.If anything, why not buy a car that gets the same amount of gas mileage for half the cost.

Take for example the Toyota Yaris, they say that thing gets about 40mpg and it’s MSRP is about $12k, if you want to go cheaper, the Hyundai Accent gets 35mpg for the price tag of $10k.

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I still drive about 2 times a week to work. My little Hyundai Elantra(a chick magnet, um not really, its a Hyundai!), gets me about 26-27mpg. But when I ride my bike 3 times a week, my gas expenses are lower. In a sense its like a hybrid.

Moe developed an MPG calculator that explains how much MPG you’re getting if you were to take the amount of miles you ride you bike and the amount of miles you would drive and throw that in to the mix.

Turns out I should be getting about 60mpg on my car. I say that because the amount of bike commuting I do saves me money on my gas and if I were to drive that distance, the gas I save would equal out to the 60mpg…make sense? It’s hard to articulate what I’m trying to say, but for the most part it makes sense if you use this calculator.

Anyhow, I do dread the day when gas prices do go up to $4.00 per gallon. One guy I know of mentioned on his blog basically invites the gas prices to go up…I guess he didn’t realize that when gas prices go up, so do food prices, air fare, cab far and anything else that needs fuel to

Sure riding our bikes makes a difference, but being the minority that we are, we’re still screwed one way or another by high gas prices. People will either pay it at the pump or at the grocery store.


  1. Ghost Rider

    Another problem with hybrid vehicles and their stated MPG rates is that those vehicles must be carefully driven (gentle acceleration, coasting, etc.) to reach those fabled rates. The reality is that folks drive them just like regular cars, and their MPG is substantially less than the vehicles are capable of.

    Besides, they still burn gasoline…better for everyone to get on a bike and ride!!

  2. Moe

    I’ve seen people driving them Hybrids at 80 mph!!! Another issue that has been kept quiet, what’s going to happen to the battery pack in about 5 years? Anyhow, the MPG calculator that RL is writing about can be an eye opener for people. Any combination of Drive/Train, Drive/Bus, Drive/Walk and of course, our favorite, Drive/Bike Ride will significantly decrease the amount of gas consumption. The ripple effect is real, the price of groceries is way up, even the price of beer!!! That’s where I draw the line.

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