I guess being a product of the 60's growing up in NJ has something to do with my tendency to be green. My first car was a 1969 VW bug and "VW Repair for the Complete Idiot" was my constant companion. Since then I have had a 1960 bus, a 1984 diesel Rabbit, a 1990 Corolla (auto and never much liked) and my current 1998 Civic CX which has 589,000 miles. It's on it's second engine which I got for $100 and it's 4th tranny. I put in an EX tranny at a friend's suggestion and it has held up much better than the DX version, for whatever reason, at the sacrifice of some fuel economy (but definitely more pulling zip.) I have an ultra-gauge which is very cool (I am cheap so skipped the scan-gauge for now) and get 39 mpg in winter and 43 mpg in summer. I commute 80 miles each way to work, about 45 miles on Interstate 78 in Pennsylvania. I know this commute is not environmentally friendly but it is necessary. I can at times work from home and hopefully will do more of it in the future. My parents have generously and lovingly offered to contribute $20k towards the purchase of a new car. Without their offer I would not be in the market, I am currently financing my wife's 2009 Elantra which we bought trading in her Nissan Quest taking advantage of the Cash for Clunkers program and the great incentives offered by Hyundai at the time. I am unable to add money to the pot so the Prius is out of the running. I also have concerns about hybrids maintenance costs in general, and putting 40k a year on my car. (I will keep my civic for winter driving as long as it seems worthy.) That is one of my questions and reasons for posting, how should I look at a hybrid for my commute? I live in a hilly region in Schuylkill County, PA and have the long commute as I stated. What is the opinion here on how the smallish gas engine on the Insight would hold up? Right now my 2 leading candidates are the Civic coupe LX and the Elantra GLS with the alloy package. The Civic is a great deal right now, I will be getting an automatic so others in my family can use it if needed, they are wimps, and Honda's reputation is compelling. The Elantra is awesome but I have concerns about it being the first year model and the NU engine having a cast aluminum block. So in summary I appreciate this site and others like it and would like some input on car suggestions for my commute. I am currently considering the Insight, the Civic coupe LX and the Hyundai Elantra. (I also like that the Elantra has a timing chain which will help with maintenance costs.) Any other suggestions and why would be appreciated.