Gas is not exactly cheap around NYC area by US standards. It's been averaging around $3 to 3.35 for 87 test. I'm fortunately to not have to drive much so I can keep my fuel expense low. I do use my car off road occasionally which makes the 4WD a necessity.. It's one of the reasons I drive SUV. I had thought about buying a small car and keeping my 4 Runner but again with only 5000 to 6000 miles a year it was hard to justify keeping two cars!