Nick’s Pet Peeves.

Should we be driving gas swallowing SUV’s in an age of energy conservation?

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When I drive past a gas station in Fairfield County, CT with gas prices over $4 and young mothers tooling around in Suburban’s, Expedition’s and Esplanade’s I cringe. It’s not that they can’t afford it but rather should they afford it? Hybrid’s are now mainstream being offered by all major car makers. Do the math, filling a standard Suburban with 31 gal fuel tank (some have 41 gal) using regular at $4.35 p/g in New Canaan costs $135.85. When divided by 14 miles/city it costs $9.63 per mile to take the kids to soccer practice not to mention picking Dad up at the station and driving to Book Club, yikes!  (ps: the book club is worth it). You can buy cargo space and good mileage for less, my Toyota Prius Hybrid gets 48/52 miles as do other hybrids. Large SUV’s, not SUPER large, are getting 28/35 miles. CT is going solar to conserve fossil fuel, we should do the same with the internal combustion engine.

OK, your turn, comments below.

3 thoughts on “Nick’s Pet Peeves.”

  1. I’m happy and proud to say that I own a Prius (my second one!) I have to admit to feeling quite smug every time I have to fill the tank! When the cost of gas is close to (or over $4.00), it usually costs me between $20 and $28. When I purchased my first Prius, and gas prices were lower, $20 would fill the tank.

  2. While I would LOVE to be able to drive a Prius, I have five kids, so if I want my family to go to the same place at the same time I have to drive my Ford Excursion (avg 9 miles to a gal but gas is “only” 3.09 a gal here) 🙂 When I only need to go to the store or take one or two people someplace, I use my husband’s car to save gas. I would love to purchase a Toyota Highlander Hybrid but I don’t have a spare $40,000 in the bank so that isn’t going to happen any time soon.

  3. Nick – I own a farm. We haul and tow! I cannot drive an energy efficient car. Further, Prius and the like are often more expensive than their regular counterparts. Mom’s may only have 1 or 2 kids, but how do they haul the friends and the gear? I wanted to be the Mom who did the driving and chaperoning – for that you need space. Also, for new Mom’s, the little cars do not handle infant and child seats safely or you relegate your front passenger seat to a very short person. When my 20 somethings were babies, it was hard to find a car the safely held 2 car seats. Fuel efficiency is one things, but tiny cars are another.

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