Now that gasoline costs upwards of $4, buying a hybrid automobile–which typically costs around $3000 more than the all-gasoline model–makes economic sense. But you would need to keep your Prius for three and a half years to recoup that extra money. There are now many hybrid models from a wide range of manufacturers. The Wall Street Journal has a useful article comparing them, including the chart below. I am astonished, though, to see how little improvement there is in gas mileage from a normal car, except for the Prius and the Civic. Do any of your drive hybrids? Are they worth it?