We picked up our first Civic Hybrid in 2002, well before any of the noise you hear today. Just last month we picked up a shiny new model (same model) and the kid will take the 2003 Civic Hybrid to college. It was a challenge to make this happen but I feel it's best to teach by doing.
Both cars average well over 40 MPG overall (city and highway) so we don't feel the pinch at the pump.
Congrats on your inventor with his 6,000 MPG CAR.
Wake up! In the UK and Europe where the average driver drives 12,000 miles per year and cars are manage 120,000 miles or more plenty of drivers get 35 MPG in the City and 50 MPG on the freeway.
Wake up! Buy a smaller car, drive carefully and at a steady spead. Any car getting less than 30 MPG in the city has got to suck. And reeeealy , do you need an SUV to go to the corner shop? (PS. A gallon of GAS in the UK cost more than 5 UK pounds = $8.50 and you are complaining about $3.50....wake up!)