Hybrid Vehicle Choices Abound At Area Car Dealerships

Filling up your car for less than 50 bucks these days is getting harder to come by with record high gas prices.

Now some local drivers are bucking that trend with hybrid vehicles that continue to become cheaper to own.

With gas prices hovering at around $3.68 a gallon in Bryan / College Station, drivers are giving hybrids a closer look.

It's a new set of wheels for David Parker of College Station and it's powered by gasoline and batteries.

"It's my first ever hybrid but I didn't look at it as a hybrid just because it's so sporty. It's fun to drive," Parker said.

Parker bought his Honda CR-Z last month and already has 3,000 miles on it driving out of town every week.

"I was doing a lot of driving back and forth to Houston and Austin and I kind of started thinking about a Hybrid with the gas prices going up then I started looking," he added.

Bob McGill is a Sales Manager at Allen Honda and says it can be up to a 30 day wait for the new CR-Z.

"With gasoline approaching $4 a gallon we get more inquiries everyday about the Honda hybrids like this particular car here the Honda Civic hybrid makes 44 city, 44 overall," McGill said.

From sports cars to sedans there are a lot more options on the road for drivers these days looking to take a hybrid home today.

Chuck Vrooman bought his second Toyota Prius in November and isn't feeling the pain at the pump most of us feel.

"A full fuel fill-up is about nine gallons so you can say maybe $30 something dollars," said Vrooman.

Paul Atkinson of Atkinson Toyota tells us it's all about the efficiency.

"It's one of the very first questions they ask, 'What kind of fuel economy does the Camry get, what kind of economy does the hybrid get?' Right now we've got over 50 mpg," said Paul Atkinson, the dealership's owner.

"It's the most fun car I've ever had to drive," remarked David Parker about his Honda CR-Z.

Driving in 21st century-style without breaking the bank either.

Several hybrid models are more affordable than you might expect.

Some small sedans start at $19,000.

We also checked with Tom Light Chevrolet in Bryan who tells us they have two Chevy Volt plug in cars currently in stock.

According to HybridCars.com 48,206 hybrids were sold in the U.S. in March, which is 3.44 percent of all sales nationwide.

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