With gas prices rising, sales of these truck-based SUVs are flattening out or declining despite heavy discounts, Wall Street Jounral reports. Rising to take a larger share of the market...

With gas prices rising, sales of these truck-based SUVs are flattening out or declining despite heavy discounts, Wall Street Jounral reports. Rising to take a larger share of the market are the crossovers, most of which look like cars or minivans from underneath and handle like the smaller vehicles as well. More important, these “crossover utility vehicles” tend to get better gas mileage.

Meanwhile, rising gas prices have made Toyota’s gas-electric hybrid car, the Prius, a smash hit. Now, rivals are rushing to bring out more hybrids and ushering in the most vigorous era of under-hood experimentation since the auto industry’s earliest days. Honda have just launched a hybrid Accord: the first mainstream midsize sedan to offer a hybrid drivetrain.

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