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.