Transcript for Hybrid Cars a Good Deal as Gas Prices Soar?
-- squeeze at the pump is putting a new spotlight on cars that use less gas but we wondered here just how far and for how long would you have to drive a hybrid. But the price of the car to pay off. Here's ABC's Elizabeth -- now. The hybrid Toyota Prius gets an impressive 48 highway miles to the gallon but get this done not hybrid Hyundai Accent gets forty nearly as good. And you can buy an accent for much less just over 171000. Dollars compared to more than 24000. For the -- Even good day's high gas prices it would take sixteen years to recoup the Prius is higher cost based on average mileage. Carmakers are racing to make their conventional vehicles more efficient because the government has mandated that every manufacturer's. Fleet average must be more than 54 miles per gallon by the year 20/20 five. We get a lot of people -- about a hybrid in them when they find out how good the mileage is on the conventional car most of the time they'll leave with the gasoline engine. An apples to apples comparison drives the point home. Can you tell the difference between these two cars. -- not because they're both Hyundai Sonata is exactly alike in every way. Except that this one cost four or 5000 dollars more. All because it's a -- it. It will take the hybrids -- not a twelve years to pay for itself. I think the hybrids are the way the future. Side -- now it's not quite caught up with economic reality yet. Experts say -- a hybrid if you're trying to save the planet but not if you're trying to save money. Elizabeth -- ABC news Washington.
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