Now that we are all feeling the pain at the gas pumps, it is becoming fashionable this week to be ‘green’ and discuss the alternative hybrid vehicles. In speaking with family, friends, and acquaintances two vehicles are mentioned as possible alternatives to gasoline power alone.

The Toyota Prius Hybrid which advertises on the Toyota site a whopping 48/45 m.p.g. Prices start at about $21,500 and according to the awards page is the best when it comes to squeezing out more miles per gallon of gas.

Toyota.

Next we have the Honda Civic Hybrid which according to the Honda site gets about 40/45m.p.g. Pricing starts at $22, 600 and Honda touts their reliability as a well known feature for their product line.

Honda.

On the flip side we have non-hybrids to consider as well that are easy on the wallet:

Yaris 29/35 starting at $11, 550,  Kia Rio 25/35 starting at $11,450, Ford Focus 24/35 starting at $14,755, Chevy Aveo  24/34 starting at $12,830,  just to name a few of the inexpensive gas only models.

Which brings up several questions that many of us may have on our minds. Is the additional expense of buying a hybrid currently worth it? How is the reliability of a hybrid vs a gas only model?

Or if OPEC kicks up production and gas prices fall, will the Hybrids go the way of the dodo bird?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.