transformed 5pts I take issue with a few comments/conclusions in the article. First "Prius luster has started to dull"? Prius sales continue to build and they still outsell all other hybrids combined. Second the payback calculations you did on a napkin. Even using your $4/gallon comparison to a Fiesta, you show payback occuring at about 120K miles. For a car that should go well beyond 200K miles that will mean substatial savings over the life of the vehicle. And if you don't plan to drive it that long you would have to consider resale values which should be substatially higher for the Prius. Lastly using $4/gallon for gas is not realistic considering you used a payback time period of 6 years. Does anyone really think gas will only average $4/gallon over the next six years? I'm not banking on that, even $5/gal will likely prove to be conservative over that time period!