Last week we test drove Ford's Escape SUV, which is our first bid to wade into the hybrid market. The Hybrid Escape gets 34 mpg city/30 mpg hwy. With two kids we cannot settle for "light-duty" hybrids like the Toyota Prius, but we do intend to do our part to cut down on our CO2 emissions while keeping a Wrangler for more recreational activities (my 2002 Wrangler has 26,000 miles on it; so, more limited use seems to be a fair CO2 trade-off for a gas-guzzling recreational/utilitarian vehicle like the Wrangler; S-townWife acts as if I will be permanently consigned to her doghouse if I lose the Wrangler without replacing it with another Wrangler).
I told the Ford monger at the dealership that it is only a matter of time before popular demand pushes companies like his to take the full plunge with both feet into the hybrid market. A post from R. Neal this morning on the bright spot for hybrid-makers in an otherwise dismal car market bears me out.