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How will higher fuel prices affect your car buying decision?

Posted in Chevrolet, Commuter Cars, EcoLust, Economy Cars, Emissions, Engines, Environment, Fuel-efficient by MrAngry | December 28th, 2010 | 6 Responses |

Fuel Prices

With the average price of regular fuel in the United States teetering around $3.15 per gallon I got to wondering if die-hard car enthusiasts would change their buying habits. My daily driver for instance gets a whopping combined mileage of about 15 mpg. Obviously it’s not the most efficient vehicle on the planet, but as a performance vehicle I make the compromise to pay more at the pump so I can have more fun on the road. There are however times that filling up my tank to the tune of $60.00 does make me reconsider my choice in vehicles. This week for instance I happen to be driving around in a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, a car that gets about 35 mpg on the highway. It’s a car that gets economy car mileage, but one that doesn’t feel like an economy car.

2011 Chevrolet Cruze RS

This got me thinking – do I really need to own a 400 + hp road hammer to have a little fun on the open road? Obviously I like the performance and feeling of having gobs of power under my foot, but let’s be honest, how often can one really use it? For an everyday driving I think the basic things that one needs to think about are economy, handling and braking, as power (even though it’s fun to have) just costs money. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to go fast, but it’s also nice to have those extra greenbacks in your wallet at days end.

Cars like the new 2011 Chevrolet Cruze handle great, are fun to drive and deliver great fuel economy at a fair price (things you’ll read about in my upcoming review). Plus with the ever rising cost of fuel, they make die-hard performance junkies like myself stop and reevaluate what I truly need in a car, as opposed to what I truly want. Now I’m not saying I’m running out to buy some foo-foo hybrid just yet, it’s just that cars like the Cruze make me rethink what I really need in an automobile.

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6 Responses

  1. a says:

    V6 Mustang or if you have the means to own 2 cars, a Prius and a M3 / 335is

  2. Honestly, it wouldn’t affect my car buying decision at all, unless it reaches like $8 a gallon, then I might reconsider. It’s worth it to me to drive a Benz and once I pay off some debt I plan to get a new 2010 car which will either be a Benz or BMW or some other gas guzzler. Even though those cars are not good on gas, I don’t care. It’s much better than driving a frou frou hybrid or a Smart car. My car is an extension of me; it’s my image. I don’t skimp on clothes or appearance, so why should I on a car? Rising prices are actually a motivation to work harder in order to maintain the things you want in life.

  3. Canrith says:

    I agree that two cars is the way to go, just insure the performance car in the summer to avoid getting hit to hard by it.

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  5. Shahroz says:

    here in canada…. it’s made me consider getting a bus pass

  6. BigRuss says:

    heres my solution…. i have an old C10, and a Scion xB, and a Kawasaki ZX11…. the truck gets 18 in town, 15 on the highway… scion 25/30… real kicker is my bike 19/45….