« Trying out IPv6 | Main | Google Awesome strikes again »

Cars and Gas Mileage

Ok, I'm slightly aggravated so I have to vent. I have to return my Jeep Liberty very soon, and have many choices for my next car. I have done a LOT of research on all the different cars, and have looked into numerous makes and models, from the Volvo to Mercury to Ford to Honda.

First off, I had to suffer people's comments about gas mileage when I got my Jeep three years ago. I happen to love my Jeep. I don't love the mileage, but darn it, I live in Michigan, and I've never been so happy with my Jeep than when I could 4WD my way through piles of snow and ice and laugh at others who got stuck.

Anyway, as gas prices rose and my lease approached its end, I thought about what was important in a car for me...

One. I'm an attorney, so I'd like a car that is classy and presentable but fresh and funky. Kinda like me.

Two. I have worked damn hard these last five years, and I deserve something nicer than what I've usually gotten for myself, and I want to be happy with my sporty, stylish, classy car.

Three. Gas mileage was important.

Though please note. Gas mileage came in as NUMBER THREE. That means I took it into account but it didn't rule my decisions.

I am about 85% sure that I am going to get a Ford Fusion (fully loaded SEL model with the V6. YES. The V6). I have chosen this car for several reasons, and the only thing holding me back is the test drive, which will happen this weekend or so.

When I told some of my friends about my choice, I got two different responses. One was congratulatory and supportive. The other was basically, "you know the gas mileage isn't great, right?" or "Have you looked into hybrids?" The "other" then continued, making suggestions.

Let me make this VERY clear. For six to eight weeks, I have done enormous amounts of research to pick out this car, including consumer opinions and industry opinions. I have test driven different vehicles. I have looked into gas mileage, street and highway, as well as the yearly cost of gas, what type of gas the car uses, and how big the tanks are. I have looked into warranties, costs, etc., and I am rather pleased with my choice.

I do NOT need people to remind me how awful I'm being (granted, they don't use that word) because the car I am choosing is not "good enough" in the gas mileage department. If I cared that much, I'd be driving a Prius or some tin can like that.

What I am trying to do is make a balance. I'm not looking for a Hummer or another SUV or some gas-guzzler. I am trying to be reasonable, and I am pretty sure that I have been successful. If I can't be congratulated for doing a thorough job in researching vehicles and making a good choice, then at least be supportive with the choice I have made.

You're not the one paying for it; I am. And you're not the one driving it, I am.


TrackBack URL for this entry:



While I don't like bigger cars in general, I support people driving cars of there choice. I am a conservative. I just ask that if you are making a turn around, please be aware that it is at times hard to see past a big car. Other than that, I personally hate paying for gas and am holding out for an electric car. Hope you enjoy whatever car you get.

I had no idea what it looked like - so I looked it up. It's certainly classy. Nice looking car. Does it have 4WD would be my only question since you mentioned that for the Jeep. Otherwise, enjoy!

Generally, the region over the ears is inked but some
people manage to get thier whole head tattooed.
Good tattoo designs will compliment the location you've selected
for it. With hummingbird feeders gardens, yards, entryways, patios, and in many cases grave sites and memorial settings
can be easily brightened up and enjoyed naturally and visitors.

Oh my goodness! Amazing article dude! Thank you so much, However I am going through issues with your RSS.
I don't know the reason why I am unable to join it. Is there anybody
having similar RSS issues? Anyone who knows the answer can you kindly respond?

I every time used to read piece of writing in news papers but now as
I am a user of internet thus from now I am using net for articles, thanks to web.

Post a comment