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Con: Hybrid cars cost more, may not be efficient for everyone

By JR Ortega
April 15, 2012 at 10 p.m.
Updated April 15, 2012 at 11:16 p.m.


The smell of diesel wafting around the Shell gas station at the corner of Port Lavaca Highway and U.S. Highway 59 weighs heavily in the air.

Pete Clark, an oil field mechanic from Cuero, drives a diesel truck for work and fuels up here often.

Even at home, his wife has a diesel truck.

"We use it for the power," Clark said. "I have a lot of equipment to haul."

For many in the Crossroads, the emerging class of hybrid vehicles don't suit their needs - for Clark, that statement holds true.

Clark and his wife live on a ranch and use their vehicles to haul around ranching equipment.

A person's vehicle usually fits a person's need.

"It's up to the person," he said.

Though gas prices continue to rise, for many, driving a hybrid vehicle is just not feasible. However, creators of hybrids have made an effort to target all users by creating not only cars, but now sports utility vehicles and trucks.

"We currently have a whole family," said Blackwood Toyota's general sales manager John Hook. "Four different models."

Buying a car boils down to price and preference, Hook said.

Stella Vasquez, of Port Lavaca, drives a Ford Focus, which she recently bought.

Vasquez began to click the unleaded button and began to pump gas. Though gas is expensive, she finds that her car gets about 40 miles per gallon, which she is happy about.

"I can go from Port Lavaca all the way to Lockhart and all the way back on one tank to see my son," she said.

A hybrid vehicle is just not a type of vehicle that is in Vasquez's price range.

If price weren't a factor, she would consider buying one, but admits she does not know much about hybrids.

"My car has been pretty good," she said. "Texans loves their gas."

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