Silly Wabbit, Trix or low gas prices are for kids. A few years ago a gallon of gas in the Golden State was less than $2.50 a gallon at the same time in Mississippi, I bought gas for less than a $1.60 a gallon. I never trusted Opec (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) or the US oil companies. Here in California, if someone catches a cold at a refinery, fuel prices jump twenty thirty cents a gallon.
No matter how attractive, a gas guzzler or SUV was never in my sites. It never made sense to me to buy a car getting 12 miles to a gallon. No matter how much a car cost, the label or the pedigree, you drive it to dinner, work, to the supermarket.
This memorial day weekend, rising gas prices has become part of the conversation. On a talk show a man says he isn’t affected by gas prices, he said ,he spends a little over five dollars a week for gas. Five dollars? I expected him to say, he owned one of those ugly space age Toyota Prius’s. Nope, he drives a Kia Nero. He lives 6 miles from his job and because he isn’t on the freeway his car runs on EVmode or electric Power. After a little research I discovered most hybrids operate in EV mode, some up to speeds of forty miles an hour.
For those people who think a hybrid is a small Prius like car, think again. Toyota and its Lexus division builds midsize, full size hybrids and compact and midsize Suv hybrids . The very popular midsize Toyota Camry hybrid gets 51 mpg in the city and 53 on the highway. The Chrysler Pacific Hybrid Minivan can drive up to 33 miles on EV mode.
Now if you one of the millions of freeway warriors commuting from the suburbs to the central city you’ll spend considerably more for fuel. The premium for a hybrid can range from from $2500 to over $7000 depending on the vehicle and you’ll have to weight the costs.
2019 Chevy Traverse 20/27
2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid 40/39
The Avalon Hybrid Savings @ 2.97 a gallon $860
2018 Mini Cooper 28city/38highway
Lincoln Mkz Hybrid 41city/38 highway
The Lincoln will save you $200 a year
2019 Nissan Altima 25city/40 Highway
2018 Nissan Rogue 26City/33 Highway
The Larger Altima would save you nearly $400.00 a year over the Rogue
Two Round Trips Tickets to Paris
If you traded your Chevy Suburban, Ford Excursion, GMC Yukon for a Toyota Camry Hybrid your saving would amount to nearly two round trip tickets (you’d need to pony up a measly $300 ) from Atlanta to Paree.
100 miles per day based on the current gas price of 2.97 a gallon the difference would be nearly $1800.
Fuel Prices,It’s Serious