Driven to Efficiency

As gas prices spike, more consumers turn to cars that unite gasoline engines with battery-powered electric motors for great gas mileage.

Published: 15-Mar-2004

When Don Dinegar headed out this week in search of a new car, he had dollar signs in his eyes.

But as Dinegar, 45, scrutinized the stickers on the car windows, he wasn't focusing as much on the price of the car as on how much it would cost him later at the gas pump. That's why he left the Palm Harbor Honda dealership in a 2004 Honda Civic Hybrid.

It gives him an average of 47 miles to the gallon, more than twice the mileage he was getting with his Jeep Cherokee Sport.

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