I know you've all been feeling that slight panic when you empty your wallet at the gas pump these days. At least I know I have. In our family, we do LOTS of driving, remember this is Southern California where they are still in the dark ages when it comes to great and reliable public transit. I take a vanpool to work but DH drives 70+ miles a day. We had a slight case of sticker shock when we looked at the new hybrids (battery/gas), not to mention the waiting list is long. Here is our compromise.