Hybrid cars Are they really worth the price? I was looking at the Prius and the price seems rather steep. I will not buy a Civic. I am also looking at the Toyota ECHO, which in not a hybrid. Its affordable, 4 door and standard shift. The price is about 10 grand cheaper and the mileage difference is negligible. I am not out for a flashy new car. I want dependable, affordable, safe and semi fuel efficient. I refuse to buy another American car.