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.
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.