My other vehicle is a 2000 Ford Ranger.
Not great on gas.. and yes buy any new vehicle would have improved the expenses but it would not have saved me $500 per month. I honestly dont care that it is cleaner.. I am all about the savings. I know that may be sacrilege to many of you, but it is the reason I bought plugin hybrid, the government grant made the vehicle affordable and then add the electric distance, which gets us where we need to go most of the time, That means I save $$$
My schedule is flexible so I can sit at a free quick charge station and work in the car while charging, so this really works for me
I'm somewhat similar on this... I do care if it's cleaner, but I'm more about efficiency which coincides with the cost savings.
The best car i ever had on that front was an old Mercedes Greasecar. That one literally paid for itself, but many hours and gunkiness were spent picking up 5 gallon jugs of used fryer oil, filtering, pumping, etc.
It's also part of the reason I'm still having mixed feeling with this C-Max. I'm torn in one direction because I'd rather be in a Toyota for reliability and the Prius beats the C-Max hands down for efficiency for gas/distance driving, despite what some would like to believe.
On the other(and the way I'm more currently leaning), I can't make my round trip commute with electric with the C-Max, so I'm more leaning towards a Volt. I feel like I'm fairly close to trading if it weren't for all of the added fees.... I'm sure I wouldn't get $13K for my loaded Max that I paid over a year ago. Then all the tax on the Volt, the winter tires/wheels and hitch...
Think I'm gonna have to find a used Volt for sale nearby and check it out more.
And now I've looked into the i3-Rex... That's quite promising as well, if not a bit more complicated(basically needing to stop for a gallon and a half of gas every 60 miles) for longer/faster trips...