• USAFANG67 avatar USAFANG67 Posted: 4/23/2012 1:05pm PDT

    If I were an 8 to 5 person driving say 50 miles round trip 5-6 days a week yea probably. But now that I'm retired my 2k6 Nissan Frontier 4x4 NISMO which averages 17-19 MPG with 26k miles on the OD gas can go to $5/gal and I don't care. If I want to get an average of 48-50MPG I'll use my 2012 Harley 1200 Sportster which is now getting an easy 48-50 MPG. Being that I'm in S/W Florida I can pretty much ride it year round :-)

  • fb_564872684 avatar Rick Posted: 4/19/2012 1:20pm PDT

    I think it super important now! Now 5 years ago maybe not, but we all know gas prices will only get worse. I'd love a Tesla or some form of Hybrid... now we just have to make sure we don't get killed in electricity costs. The rich have to stay rich you know ;)

  • fb_756493434 avatar Brian Posted: 4/19/2012 4:52pm PDT

    If you want an electric car, why not install solar panels on the roof of the house to help generate the electricity?

  • richard avatar Richard Posted: 4/20/2012 8:33am PDT

    No offense, Brian, but I think that's what's called a non sequitur.

  • batty avatar batty Posted: 4/19/2012 11:13am PDT

    save money... at what price ? Certainly not with any compromise in safety and a small "B" size car will not protect the occupants as well as a most anything larger. You won't look real smart for saving 5 or 8 MPG when you are injured in a wreck with a tree.

  • USAFANG67 avatar USAFANG67 Posted: 4/23/2012 1:09pm PDT

    When your #'er is up it's up no matter if ya in a big car, small car or at home hiding under your bed watching TV :-)
    PS The longer you live the more taxes ya pay ;-)

  • fb_100002921118166 avatar Alanna Posted: 4/20/2012 6:41am PDT

    I get your concern with safety: smaller / lighter cars do indeed fare worse in a collision with a larger / heavier car. HOWEVER: you don't necessarily have to go with a plastic bath tub on wheels. You can go with the same sturdy car you know and love, just outfitted with a smaller / smarter, more efficient engine.

    My blog posts are really boring: they all say, Here is this car, it's cool in these ways, AND its maker is tossing us in the US the guzzliest version(s) with the hugest engines. Brands include such safety champions as Volvos, and such Detroiters as Ford.

    We need to stop meekly accepting what they feed us, and start asking for the sippers they're now selling to our friends all over the rest of the planet.

  • Papa Rotzi avatar Papa Rotzi Posted: 4/19/2012 10:16am PDT

    My current BMW gets about 20 city and 29 highway; I will be looking for something that is at least 25% more efficient when the time comes (next year, probably) to replace it. Hybrids are out for me, but I will definitely look at diesels when the time comes, as well as the new, smaller turbo 4's. NO CVT's though.

  • fb_1001015277 avatar John Posted: 4/19/2012 8:23am PDT

    No doubt, it matters how you ask the question, but there may be something more important to consider.

    People are well known for saying one thing in a survey and doing something else at the time of purchase. I would not place too much stock in these surveys.