If someone is going to pay 55k for a car - I'm sure they don't care what the fuel economy is or what the gas prices are. Why don't automakers offer hybrids on the base models that fuel efficiency and gas price conscious consumers buy? The Tahoe base model starts at 35k - add 3k for the hybrid batteries and you can get it for 38k. Same thing with the Camry - it starts at 20k. Add hybrid batteries and you can get a camry for 23k. But the current hybrid Camry sells for over 26k. Same thing with nearly every other automaker - if you want the hybrid model you also have to get a whole bunch of other gay options like leather seats, sunroof, navigation, etc. These hybrids are being marketed as premuim luxury models so that only a few people can afford to buy them - the very people that don't care about fuel effiency or gas prices.