I'm a newbie and thought this might be a good place to start.

I used to own a 2005 Ford Escape (non hybrid) and really enjoyed it, but decided I wanted a vehicle with more options, especially the rear a/c for my little boy. So I traded in the Escape on a 2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer that has close to all the bells and whistles. I enjoy them, but they are costing me.
I also have the fun of filling up its nearly bottomless tank at least once a week. It averages 17 MPG.

With gas prices going up and up, I've decided to consider going green.

I would like to know what all of you that already own a FEH think of them.
Are they worth buying? Do you have problems? Do you like driving it? Etc.

I'm trying to decide between the Escape Hybrid and a Toyota Prius, which gets better gas mileage, but is a car and I like sitting "up" and out of the oncoming headlights.