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    Filed at 5:45 pm under by dcobranchi

    I feel sorry for the folks who have to drive around in a vehicle that gets crappy gas mileage. Not so much, though, for those who thought that being a man meant driving a big truck.

    Last week my tiny 2001 Hyundai Accent got 50.0 mpg round trip to the airport.

    9 Responses to “SCHADENFREUDE”


    Comment by
    COD
    May 6th, 2008
    at 6:40 pm

    If you own the SUV outright it may make sense to sell, if you can find a buyer and make enough to buy a more fuel efficient car outright. However, trading a $300 a month gas bill for a $300 a month car payment and a $150 a month gas bill isn’t exactly a brilliant financial move. Likewise, trading 2 more years of a $400 SUV payment for 5 years of a $400 Accord payment will never pay for itself. Well, not unless gas hits $10 a gallon.

    Math is a wonderful thing.


    Comment by
    Not June Cleaver
    May 6th, 2008
    at 10:07 pm

    My small SUV (a Honda Pilot) is up to about $70 to fill the tank now and I only get 14 mpg (all local driving). I’m actually starting to factor in the cost of getting places when we decide on what activities to do. For example, a weekly class at the rec center 11 miles away is about $6 per week for gas. The class is 11 weeks, so the $92 class really costs $158. Ouch.

    I’m jealous of your 50 mpg.


    Comment by
    COD
    May 6th, 2008
    at 10:30 pm

    Only 14 mpg with a Pilot? We get 14 mpg in the Durango with a 335 HP HEMI. The Pilot is a 6 cylinder, right? It should be doing a lot better than 14 mpg.


    Comment by
    Not June Cleaver
    May 6th, 2008
    at 11:27 pm

    Yeah, we think it should be better too. The dealer said “that’s a common complaint” with the Pilot. Ours is a 2004. I think the sticker mgp estimate for city is 15. The 2008 model estimate says 16 city. I’m just not sure when we bought the car in 2004 that 15 mpg sounded all that bad. Afterall, we traded in a Tahoe. The Tahoe actually got BETTER mileage than the Pilot.

    My husband and I have a little grudge contest thing going on to see who can get the best mileage (this has been going on with us for 15 years, and HE started it LOL). I’m not doing jack rabbit starts or racing, just average soccer mom driving (little trips from this to that) that sucks up gas like a sponge. With highway driving, we get about 22, which is about the same as the estimated mpg.


    Comment by
    don
    May 7th, 2008
    at 12:07 am

    Hey, I’ve got a 27-foot motorhome that gets 7 mpg. that I’d like to sell. Anybody interested? Good thing I don’t actually use it for transportation. My every day car, a Ford Contour, gets about 25-27 mpg.


    Comment by
    Nance Confer
    May 7th, 2008
    at 8:49 am

    DH’s van is pretty bad on gas but he needs it for work — tile & marble. My little car — an old Mustang — does better but I still hate seeing that gauge go down as I transport kids all over town. We see lots of For Sale signs on larger vehicles though. And boats. Many people who thought a boat would be a fun toy a few years ago. . . now, not so much.

    Nance


    Comment by
    Rob
    May 7th, 2008
    at 10:24 am

    Do I get to use the “but we have horses and need 4wd” excuse here? Either way, we just parked my wife’s big honkin’ Dodge Ram and bought a Scion. From 13mpg to 31-ish. The savings in gas pays for the taxes/licensing and insurance.


    Comment by
    Dawn
    May 7th, 2008
    at 12:40 pm

    When we were looking for a new (not older than a decade anyway) car a couple of years back our first rule was nothing with more than four cylinders. I think at that point we’d decided gas was never going to be cheap again.


    Comment by
    COD
    May 7th, 2008
    at 1:22 pm

    Well, I do have a horse, thus the Durango.