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Question of the Week: What do you drive, and why?

2008 June 16

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Got wheels? There are as many reasons you have a car, truck, or whatever you drive, as there are types of vehicles from which to choose. But there are also trade-offs in your vehicle choice that affect the environment and your wallet.

What do you drive, and why?

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En español: Cada semana hacemos una pregunta relacionada al medio ambiente. Por favor comparta con nosotros sus pensamientos y comentarios. Siéntase en libertad de responder a comentarios anteriores o plantear nuevas ideas. Preguntas previas.

¿Tienes ruedas? Hay muchas razones para escoger su medio de transporte, sea un automóvil, un camión, o lo que usted decida conducir, así como hay una gran variedad de vehículos que puede escoger. Asimismo, se hacen trueques al seleccionar su vehículo que afectan el medio ambiente y su bolsillo.

¿Qué tipo de vehículo conduce y por qué?

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  1. 1999 Honda Valkyrie permalink
    June 17, 2008

    With a trike kit greatest bike Honda ever put out “of course they discontued the line”

  2. Brenda Murphy permalink
    June 18, 2008

    I drive a 1998 Toyota 4Runner. The gas mileage is not great but its a very reliable vehicle, 4WD for all the bad weather we get, and big enough that I feel safer toting my children around. My husband drives 2005 Toyota Tundra extra cab for all the same reasons. We only recently switched out his vehicle from a 1998 Ford F150 Supercab. We loved the large size of it because it was safer for our children. Although, it had horrible gas mileage and was acting up so we had to get rid of it. Our focus is safety first, reliability second, 4WD third. We buy used because we cannot afford new vehicles.

  3. Matt Sokop permalink
    June 18, 2008

    I drive a 2003 Saab 93 2.0T. After a trip to Ireland, where I rented a volvo s60, I realized that a small fuel efficient vehicle that was comfortable and fun to drive was for me. I used to have a pick up truck and became sick of fueling it up frequently and also being asked to move things for people. I now like having seating for four. My car is great to drive, great on gas, good safety ratings, and still has some power thanks to it’s turbo charged engine. It’s good in the winter and seems to me to be the perfect car for New England.

  4. doompatrol permalink
    June 18, 2008

    When looking for a house we made our final selection based, in part, on the ability to bike commute to work. My daily commuter vehicle is a cyclocross bicycle. We also have an old Subaru Outback that we use when necessary.

    While in Japan about ten years ago, we owned a Mitsubishi Pajero Mini. Powered by a 660cc turbocharged engine, this fully functional 4×4 SUV (2-door with seating for 4) managed 45mpg. In the US, the full-sized version of this model line is called Montero. Alas, the mini cars that are so popular around the world for their frugality and practical usefulness as commuter cars are illegal in the US. Our crash safety testing and, no doubt, US consumers, favor larger vehicles even though crash data make it clear that safety is in the driver, not the vehicle.

  5. greenmullet permalink
    June 18, 2008

    I drive a 2001 Chevy Tahoe. Just bought it. Love it. Not great on gas, but not bad considering the size and ride and function. I needed it to tow my camper. They don’t make a hybrid that will do that, do they? (At least not one I can afford, I bet).
    http://greenmullet.com

  6. Gaby permalink
    June 18, 2008

    I don’t have a car. I take the subway or bus everywhere, or I walk. I think the way I get around town greatly contributes to my good health, appreciation for where I live (taking in the sights and sounds), and ability to invest my savings (from not spending money on car payments, gas, insurance, etc.) in a renewable energy index fund. :)

  7. 2003 Subaru Outback Wagon permalink
    June 18, 2008

    I drive a 2003 Subaru Outback Wagon I bought used. It is the last year they made the Outback as a car instead of as an SUV (little known fact). I drive it because I have 2 big dogs that take up the back seat, so a wagon has room for more in the “way-back”. I also like the AWD for winters here in Maine. I cannot WAIT until someone comes out w/ a hybrid AWD wagon!!!!!

  8. Courtney permalink
    June 18, 2008

    Be serious. While I agree that transporting oil over expansive oceans is more risky that just off the coast, if we drill for more oil, we’re only feeding the addict. We have to wean ourselves off of oil, which is a non-renewable resource, and will run-out anyway, instead of providing for temporary relief by drilling a source that will become exhausted. We may as well bear the brunt of it for future generations, so that our sons and daughters will have a comfortable and time-tested energy alternative (provided that we were the ones that tried it, instead of oil, that is). If we throw-out the argument of whether global warming is actual, it doesn’t change the fact that oil won’t last forever. We’ve got to come up with something, and better now than later. One day you won’t have the luxury to run your truck on gas, so I suppose, if you wish, enjoy it while you still can — at a price, of course.

  9. Grace permalink
    June 19, 2008

    I drive a 1994 Oldsmobile 98. It’s huge and drinks gasoline, which wasn’t a problem when I bought it in 2001 but sure it now.

    These days I’m hypermiling and can usually get 25-27mpg out of it (awesome!). But I’m also biking, bussing and carpooling a whole lot more. My goal this month is to fill up the tank every 2 weeks instead of every week, and so far it seems to be working, though I have to deal with the NC Triangle’s poorly-designed transit system to do so.

    I seriously considered buying a more fuel-efficient car, but this car is paid off and I probably couldn’t get much money for it, so even a used Honda Civic would probably put me $4,000-$6,000 in the hole. And, as a friend of mine noted, you can buy a whole lot of gasoline for $4-6,000. And a whole lot of bus passes. And a whole lot of bicycle parts.

    So, instead of buying a new car, I’m trying to shift my transit patterns to more sustainable habits: bus, bike, walk, carpool.

  10. Cal permalink
    June 19, 2008

    I drive a diesel. My old vehicle got 16 mpg on Premium E10 RFG. My diesel gets 22 mpg. Both are SUVs. Now that new diesel technology is as clean as gasoline technology I am able to make a significant reduction in my carbon footprint and save fuel dollars too. With regular gasoline at $3.90 per gallon my equivalent diesel price is $5.36. The current market is about $4.70 for diesel in Houston. Compared to Premium at $4.20 I could pay up to $5.77 and break even on fuel expenditures. Light duty diesels need to be defined as alternative fueled vehicles in America and there use encouraged.

  11. Tao permalink
    June 19, 2008

    We grabbed a Prius as soon as they came out in 2004, so that we could cut back on our fuel use and emissions. Although it gets up to 58MPG, it no longer feels like enough to just cut back. Besides using mass transit and biking more, we now own a VW Beetle, which we run on LOCALLY-made biodiesel, made mostly from waste oils.

  12. sharon permalink
    June 19, 2008

    I used to drive a minivan, but now I drive a smaller car – Saturn Vue. I would like a hybrid, but I can’t afford it. They are not making being eco-friendly easy.

  13. Hil permalink
    June 19, 2008

    99 Pontiac Grand Am. It has been a great car and gets OK mileage on the tough SoCal roads and freeways. It is becoming high mileage and will probably have to be traded in sometime soon.
    I hope the price of hybrids and other low-mileage vehicles doesn’t become prohibitive. It is currently the best answer to cutting into US gasoline demand.
    On a public transit note, I only live about 7 miles from work but getting there by bus takes nearly 2 hours each way. Changes need to be made to both mass transit and the nation’s work environment if you are going to get people out of their cars.
    Like many employers, mine wants everyone in the office regardless of whether or not we could just as easily telecommute. So I hit the road!

  14. Gary permalink
    June 19, 2008

    We are a 2-vehicle family.

    I drive a GMC Yukon, Its big, roomy, comfy, and has lots of cargo space. Gas mileage isn’t the best (~16MPG) but it compares about even with the cars we drove in the 50s and 60s.

    My wive drives a Mercury Mariner Hybrid and loves it.
    I like the technology behind it.
    But its a bit on the small side for me — I need more room.

    If they come out with a Yukon Hybrid that means something
    I’m interested. I like the electric motor and regenerative braking concept. If they couple that with fuel cells, that looks pretty
    good. Plug-In hybrids would also work for short trips, but not for long ones. I do both. I would prefer either a liquid fuel or hydrogen stored at a lower pressure than has been available so far. I keep hearing about a catalyst that does that, but I don’t hear enough about its progress or prospects.

    We are in a period of experimentation right now to determine what works and what doesn’t. I suspect that the final result
    will be a hybrid vehicle that uses some combination of regenerative braking, plug-in capability (for short trips), and either a motor or fuel cell (for longer trips). We’ll have to see
    what develops.

  15. Bonnie Aylor permalink
    June 19, 2008

    I am an environmentalist. I have studied many environmental policies, the progression of administrative laws and case laws and have learned much from politicians and their motive through involvement in many different campaigns as well as working and interacting along side many “radicals” in the field. Basically, what it all boils down to, is that we cannot figure out how to get the populations of NONenvironmentalists to think along the lines of sustanability and preparation for future resource protection. The only way to do it is pretty much to take a resource that is common to everyone today and show them that the supplies are running short. Unfortunately, other then raising the price of food slightly, it is impractical to target a source that effects our ability to live, therefor a source that every relies on but can change in teh name of sustainability seems to be the only other alternative, which means the most likely target is our oil resource. President Bush, believe it or not, have shown much interest in the environmental field in all that he has done in his office short of the talks of drilling for oil in Alaska and the Gulf. This is how I came to such a conclusion.

    Unfortunately, this method appears to be backfiring becuase many impoverished and average income people are stating that the oil prices are indeed hindering their ability to exercise environmental practices in regards to transportation and oil, etc.

    Believe me, I don’t come to such a conclusion blindly, you wouldn’t believe the things I’ve seen. Some of the environmentalists I’ve met have gotten on the bandwagon so deeply that they appear almost frieghtened about what the environment can do to them in the event of even close abuse. I just think it’s amazing, I actually have become addicted to the reaction of the environment to how I treat it (although I love it so much that it is most important to me to protect it).

    Basically, wildlife knows what is and isn’t abuse, and to them the line is much thinner than to most humans, once you can see and experience this, I think it gets instilled in you over the years. They have a way of letting you know and of getting into your conscious when you can hear them (wildlife species that is).

    Best regards,
    -Bonnie Aylor

  16. J. D. Jackson permalink
    June 20, 2008

    Currently driving a 4 cyl. 2001 Toyota Camry. Car before was a 4 cyl Nissan Altima. Drive fuel saving vehicles. Have for years. Do not have automobile envy. Big, expensive vehicles are a waste of money. They all get scratched and dented in parking lots just like the Corollas and Civcs.

    I am not defined by my mode of transportation. It is a tool to get me to and from places. I guess the Scottish blood in my veins, just shudders when I pull up to the gas pump these days. Glad it’s only $40-$50 fill up and not $75 – $100 per these days

  17. Rob permalink
    June 20, 2008

    Whenever possible, I ride my motorcycle, a 2006 Suzuki V-Strom 650. It has luggage cases on it, so it’s pretty much replaced my car. I get 45mpg city, 60 mpg highway. Tank capacity is a little over 5 gallons.

    Why do I ride it? Mostly for fun. My commute is so short (50 city miles/week) that I really don’t actualize much savings over my car, even though the bike gets 2x the mileage. Also, by the time you factor in things like tires (motorcycles eat tires every 7-12K miles) I’m really not saving any money. But that’s okay. I like to think of it as a fun activity that happens to get me from point A to point B.

    So, if you’re considering going to 2 wheels and you’re only interested in saving money on fuel, get a 50cc – 150cc scooter. Motorcycles are break-even at best.

  18. Rob permalink
    June 20, 2008

    I’m aware of no motorcycle that gets 75-90 mpg. The Kawasaki Ninja 250R is pretty much the most efficient motorcycle available, and it gets – at best- 70mpg highway.

    It seems that a few non-riders here are a little too optimistic regarding motorcycle fuel economy. One of the best choices, the Kawasaki Ninja 650R, will return 45-60+mpg, which is very good for a 650cc motorcycle. The Yamaha FZ-6 is another.

    If you want to get into the 80-90mpg range, you’re looking at scooters.

  19. Bob permalink
    June 20, 2008

    I ride a 2005 Yamaha Royal Star motorcycle as my main vehicle.
    It does not contribute to traffic congestion, is friendly to road
    surfaces, gets 45 to 50 mpg, parks well in a limited space. Only
    ice or heavy snow keeps it off of the road.

    My other vehicle is a 2004 Dodge 1500 Quad cab with a 5.7L
    HEMI engine. This vehicle gets 19 mpg when I’m not hauling
    heavy cargo. Used in ice and snow.

  20. Robert permalink
    June 21, 2008

    I am a fan of Toyota and Honda for the past twenty years. All of us, and there are about 30 car owners in my wife’s and my family, drive Toyota and Honda. They are extremely reliable. My mom’s Toyota has over 300,000 miles and it is still running. Low maintenance, good fuel efficiency, reliable, and affordable. We are hooked on Toyota and Honda. Whenever we buy a new car, GM/Ford/Chrysler has never entered our mind. They lost us a long time ago!

  21. golf_wrench permalink
    June 21, 2008

    I drive a 2001 Ford F150 Supercrew the 50 roundtrip miles to work. Since I am still paying for the truck for another 10 months I have to work about two weeks a month just to pay for the truck, insurance and fuel. The truck is the only vehicle we own because we can’t afford another one. The reason I bought the truck is because I haul a loaded car trailer two or three times a week and because we haul Grandkids around quite often too.

  22. Laurie permalink
    June 21, 2008

    I drive a 2006 Nissan Frontier. Essentially it’s a car with an enormous trunk; which hauls everything from groceries (ten bag average per weekly trip), recyclables (7-10 bags per monthly trip), luggage, my daughters’ bicycle, and everything from my husbands’ work truck: a Freightliner.

  23. Kevin permalink
    June 21, 2008

    I drive a 1993 Subaru Legacy. It has a small 4-cyl. engine with a 5 speed manual transmission. I’ve tuned it up using some steps I found at the LubeSolution website. It gets almost 40 miles to a gallon highway and 35 on the road. I hope I never have to give up that car.

  24. Chris permalink
    June 23, 2008

    We drive a newer Rabbit for commuting. We’ve got a small SUV we use for hauling stuff, but thinking of trading that in for a similar sized vehicle that gets better mileage. Was thinking of getting a hybrid but all the prices have gotten crazy vs. non-hybrid vehicles so will probably get a non-hybrid and save some $$$ for similar mileage. My toy is a Jeep Wrangler for offroading, which doesn’t get great fuel mileage but I only drive it about 2000 miles a year max.

  25. Karen permalink
    June 23, 2008

    I drive a Toyota Prius because it’s spacious, cleverly designed, and I love the hatch-back and gas milage!

  26. Angela permalink
    June 23, 2008

    I drive a 2003 Honda Civic. At the time I bought the car, I couldn’t afford the extra cost of a hybrid, and was more than a little suspicious of the long-term reliability of the technology. (I come from a long line of folks who drive cars until they fall apart around us.) I bought a stripped-down manual version so that it would be cheap to maintain, and cheaper to drive. Between walking to work, taking mass-transit, and car-pooling, I only drive my car a couple thousand miles a year.

    My husband recently needed a new car. (His car had 300K miles on it, and was not worth repairing.) We debated for a long time on whether to get a flex-fuel vehicle, a hybrid, or simply a more fuel-efficient car. My husband is a large, tall man who spends a lot of time in his car for work. Comfort was a big concern. We settled on a Nissan Altima because it had the best fuel efficiency in its class. He got a 4-cylinder rather than a V6 for improved fuel efficiency.

    My husband has always owned “American” cars, but we were EXTREMELY disappointed by the lack of options for a reliable, fuel-efficiency car from the American car-makers. We were also very disappointed by how many “American” cars are entirely made and assembled outside the country. Our Nissan was assembled in the US with mostly US parts – the Mercury we were looking at was made in Mexico!

    It looks like we’re n the middle of a big change for this country – fuel will never be cheap again. You can’t lay that responsibility at the foot of the “greenies” as some of the angry posters have called the green movement. What part of increased gasoline prices are caused by the enviro movement? POLITICS are driving up the cost. The green movement has just simply succeeded at pointing out the environmental cost of a fossil-fuel based economy. The “pain at the pump” is not because of the green movement. Blame the green movement for your higher electric bill, but not for fuel costs. And that’s a topic for another post…

  27. Working Mom permalink
    June 23, 2008

    I drive a small SUV, which has a 4 x 4. I need the 4WD because I live in the country, and wouldn’t be able to get out or to work, in a typical Iowa winter, from my driveway. My SUV is 7 years old, and still own $3,800. I wish I could afford a hybrid SUV, but the cost is prohibited for me. A new hybrid SUV with 4×4 runs near $30K, maybe more. This is almost as much as buying a house in the country here. I would also buy a small car if it has the 4 x 4, which is impossible. With my SUV I get about 22 to 24 MPG, the same I used to get with my old sedan back when I lived in the city. If all the country folks move to the city (to save gas), who would raise the food we need to feed the city folks? I hope the goverment helps make the SUV hybrid more affordable.

  28. Kathryn permalink
    June 23, 2008

    I drive a 99 VW Jetta. I bought it in 2003 bc my truck wasn’t doing very well in the hilly snowy town where I lived. The Jetta also got better mileage than my Chevy S10. I usually take the train to work and drive maybe once a week. I don’t feel it makes economic sense for me to buy a new car right now, but I would be interested in buying a hybrid in a few years-after weighing options and if hybrid construction itself has gotten more sustainable.

  29. Christine Smith permalink
    June 23, 2008

    My husband & I own 2 cars–an ’02 Toyota Corolla CE (purchased in ’05 w/ ~27k miles on it for a (tax-included) total of $11,500) and an ’04 Toyota Prius base model (purchased in ’06 w/ ~33k miles on it for a (tax-included) total of $17,400).

    We selected these cars based on (in no particular order):
    Affordability
    Environmental Concerns
    Safety
    Reliability
    Functionality (handling performance, cargo capacity, amentities, etc.)

    We have been very happy with both cars, and we’ll likely buy similar brands/models again (depending on Consumer Reports’ future reviews!). We also liked the Honda Fit, especially for its carrying capacity flexibility (could rearrange the backseats!)

  30. NYC Guy permalink
    June 24, 2008

    Anyone seen the list of the best cars for the environment?

    http://www.care2.com/channels/ecoinfo/hybrid/

  31. Cain permalink
    June 24, 2008

    We drive a 1999 KIA Sportage & a 1994 Dodge Deisel Tr. which is used for service to our 2 retirement rental properties. We haul our own garbage,etc. and live 10 miles from town. We are on a fixed income & plan as few trips with either vehicle as can be managed. If this is called a resession we sure as heck don’t want to see the depression as we are up against the wire right now. I can’t help but wonder if the “Protection” agency is not doing this pole to find out which cars get the best milage to boost sales? The military uses more fuel than all of the people in this America & we need to quell the WAR!

  32. Teresa permalink
    June 25, 2008

    I drive a Ford Escape Hybrid.

  33. Scott permalink
    June 25, 2008

    I drive a Toyota Corolla, which gets nearly 40 mpg on the highway and 30 in town. I bought it based on gas mileage, safety, and reasonable cost.

  34. Brenda Kitchens permalink
    June 25, 2008

    Dear Anonymous:
    You are sooo right about someone’s lack of foresight. I’m not sure that it’s the government that we have to blame. And even if the Government had warned us, it’s not their job to run our lives. Do you think we would have listened?

    It seems more like we should also blame ourselves for being so easily duped, and buying into such wrechedly excessive, conspicuous-consumption as the TV and marketers promote. (No wonder 80 % of the rest of the world hates us. As a culture we are seen as rude, self-centered, irresponsible and spoiled. I must also add morons here because we act like we didn’t see it coming).

    Back in the 1960′s: In economics class, I was taught that even though we had a fraction of the world’s population that we consumed over 33% of the world’s resources; there were articles in the magazines my Father read…(Popular Mechanics being one of them)…that stated the advances that had already been developed (or were being developed in car engines) to increase gas mileage to 50, possibly even 100 mpg. (I’ve heard rumors that these ideas never came to fruition because the oil companies bought them out and shelved them. Whether that’s true or not…something drastic happened. Because I remember being wildly excited about them); additionally, my then-German-bred-boy-friend wrote me from Europe (when our gas was what?… about $0.62 / gallon) and told me that the price of gas in Europe (in 1966) was over $3.00 /gallon. (At the time I was thinking….uh, how-come it’s not that expensive here? and how long will it be before it is?)

    We all must assume our part of the blame because we acted as if the rest of the world didn’t count, let alone exist, and that “the world” would stay the same; would continue to support our unrealistic life-styles…

    “Use it up and throw it away; and Let them eat cake”.

    While Europe was bicyling, walking, scootering, and taking public transportation (which was also something they had the social structure, and foresight to do)…Americans were over here burning up the world’s resources like there was no end to them, and they were our exclusive property.

    Frankly, the government is always the scape-goat when we citizens have done something stupid, or irresponsible and I think it’s a “cop-out”. We have inherited the spoils of our forefathers, and the large corporation’s greed, and lack of respect for others. The UN no longer classifies us as a Christian Nation; many of our former allies really don’t really want to back us in any way, any where, any more.

    Our generation and the newer ones have continued the folly of building bigger and bigger, multi-floor, monstrosity 1-family mansions, buying frivilous, useless or unnecessary toys (from gas-guzzlers, to BIG SCREEN TVs, to 3000+ sq. foot houses that we could barely afford in the best of situations). Few people have the land, equipment, or the know-how to grow their own food and process it. We are no longer a dominant world power and haven’t been for years. In Europe the value of a dollar has dropped alarmingly.

    Here is where we are. What are we going to do from here?

    We have built our Nation on gas: gas-powered food production; gas powered delivery systems, and gas powered transportation. Corporations have continued to move production of tools, foods, clothing and many other things out of the country to increase profit margins (and we consumers have financed it): Now we are going to have to live with those grievious decisions. We must stop pointing fingers at others and turn them onto ourselves. I pray that our people can remain calm, rational, and responsible so that our nation can survive it.

    Just before the gas started going up I bought a used 2006 Hundai, Sonata. Comfort (I have a bad back), safety, and gas mileage were considered. It averages between 22-24 mpg with about 50:50 town:country driving. It was what I could afford to pay cash for. I would like to have something that gets bettergas-mileage, but on the upside, it produces less air pollution than many of the other comporablly sized and gas-powered cars (even those with similar mpg). When I can, I ride my motorcycle.

    I intend to take excellent care of what I have and to incur no more frivilous debts. Since then I have been limiting my wasteful spending, buying only what I must have; buying used (and new) American-made, Canadian-made, European-made items (when I could find them). I’ve complained to Corporations that market more than 80% of their products which are made in “other than” traditionally, allied nations, and I’m growing a garden (which I dug out by hand) and buying “local harvest” produce and products.

    We have the power to turn this importing deficit around if we will just claim it. We all make individual decisions, and then we vote with our dollars! “Rally ’round the flag boys” (and girls): It ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings!”

  35. Greg Faulkner permalink
    June 28, 2008

    I drive a 2006 Jetta TDI (diesel).

    I purchased the most fuel economical, diesel vehicle available in the U.S. at the time, because I wanted to get great fuel economy with the added benefit for the ability to displace more petroleum and less emissions through the use of biodiesel blends of fuel (a fuel made from American-made vegetable oil that can be used in all diesel vehicles without modification).

    I have not been disappointed whatsoever and will never own a spark-ignition powered vehicle again.

    Performance is fantastic in modern diesel vehicles. Little noise, no smoke and plenty of refined power. The low-end torque allows for very few down shifts on virtually any hill in any gear and great pep. The newly-released, 2009 Jetta TDI will be even better and quieter than mine, with equal or better fuel economy and much cleaner exhaust that will be emission certified in all fifty states. With a price tag of only $2K more than the regular Jetta (the diesel will be released @ $21.9K according to a VW press release), the new TDI will more than pay for its premium in saved fuel in no time, plus it will command much better resale value and will get equal or better fuel economy than like hybrids.

    The EPA estimates (using 2008 EPA fuel economy estimates) that my ’06 Jetta TDI gets 34 mpg, city/hwy combined, however, diesel vehicles typically achieve much higher than the measure given by the EPA and mine is no exception. I have been averaging 46 mpg with 80% hwy driving! For two years, I have run this car on 20% biodiesel/80% regular diesel and suffered no sacrifices for this choice. No loss in performance; no loss in fuel economy; equal price at the pump, and even quieter operation. Unlike ethanol-capable, gas-powered vehicles, diesels can run on any blend of biodiesel without loss in fuel economy. Biodiesel is great for diesel engines, and biodiesel has a much higher net energy balance than ethanol (3.5 units of energy output for every unit of energy input; source DoE).

    When considering a new vehicle with superior fuel economy, hybrids are not the panacea. Many new, clean, fuel-efficient diesels are coming to market this fall and will be as clean burning as gas cars in every respect. Mercedes Benz: E320 BlueTec, R320 BlueTec, ML320 BlueTec, GL320 BlueTec. Jeep Grand Cherokee CRD. Volkswagen: Jetta TDI, Jetta SportWagen TDI, Touareg TDI. Audi Q7 TDI. BMW: 335d, X5 q-Drive35d.

    More clean diesel choices will follow in the coming years from Honda, Huyndai, Kia, Chevrolet, Saturn, Ford, Mitsubishi, Cadillac, Nissan, and possibly Subaru and Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep.

  36. Al Gorgon permalink
    July 28, 2008

    I drive a 2003 Mazda 6 (24 mpg overall, mostly commute)…I got it when my 98 Ford Explorer (needed hauling and snow capability) regularly passed 30 buck to fill. Kept the Explorer…now has 190 K miles and I use it in the winter.

  37. brad permalink
    September 18, 2008

    how many miles to the gallon is a 2006 4L ford mustang?

  38. stopthengo.com permalink
    October 13, 2008

    I drive a 2006 Toyota Camry with an estimate mpg of 28
    very comfortable and reliable

  39. Eric permalink
    October 15, 2008

    An open letter to everyone that drives foreign brand cars:

    PLEASE BUY AMERICAN CARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. networking permalink
    November 6, 2008

    I drive new Mazda 3. Why? It was made in Japan. Those guys know what is high quality means :) Mazda 3 very comfortable and has low-consumption engine! Next one will be Mazda CX-7 or CX-9. I really love japanese cars. My blog is about
    Network Monitoring and your post/poll is really ineresting to find out variety of opinions.

  41. Eric permalink
    November 20, 2008

    Fine, drive your car made in Japan, but what are the 1 in 10 American workers going to do when the American auto industry fails? Show your patriotism and buy a Ford or GM car, they both have very comfortable, fuel efficient vehicles. Why export profits and jobs? Doesn’t make sense to me.

  42. George permalink
    December 15, 2008

    I am a forester and need 4WD so have Grand Cherokee Jeep but once I get rid of it will not go back to such a gas eater. The problem is getting some one to buy it now.

  43. jordan permalink
    March 6, 2009

    i have nothing (*^__^*)

  44. Robert permalink
    April 1, 2009

    I drive a 5.9L diesel powered dodge with 5 foot, 5 inch in diameter smoke stacks, a super chip, power programmer, 35 inch tires, 500 horsepower and 800 ft pounds of torque. It’s a mean fuel guzzling machine and when you step on it smoke just billows into the atmosphere.

  45. John permalink
    April 16, 2009

    I drive a Bentley that gets 12 mpg highway and a Range rover with 14 mpg .

    Yeah Global Warming!!!

  46. Julie permalink
    November 26, 2009

    I for one do not want to see the motorcycle helmet laws repealed. They are good laws that help save lives and prevent horrible injuries in the event of a crash.

    Your helmet is the most important part of your gear and should meet DOT standards and be Snell certified for full face motorcycle helmets. Full face motorcycle helmets are the safest helmets available for motorcycles.

    Julie

  47. lseamore permalink
    January 21, 2010

    I drive a honda jazz. It’s cute and gas efficient.

  48. Rachelle permalink
    January 24, 2010

    I drive Honda Civic but i preferred to have a personal drive, i am afraid to drive in the night. LOL, i think because of what was happened to me when my car has been in accident few months ago. But thanks for the company Auto Glass for helping me to recovered my car.

  49. Padraig permalink
    February 9, 2010

    I drive a VW Golf never had a better a car.

  50. barry merrill permalink
    February 12, 2010

    My 08 Nissan Frontier V6 at 27K miles ust to get 18 to 19 mpg most of the time. Now 15 to 16 is tops. If the device works that well. I am interested. Could you furnish the name of the prodeuct and the outlet where it may be purchased.

    Helpappreciated.

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